Mt. Ashland Getting Ready to Open

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — A fresh dusting of snow on Mount Ashland on Tuesday morning is forcing ski area workers to wrap the last of the painting and other improvements that have been going on all summer long.

In addition to widening most runs, the beginners run was re-sloped to make it easier for novice skiers and snowboarders. A 101 space addition to the parking lot just below the sonnet lift station will mean more space for busy holidays and weekends, and this year is the mountain’s 50th anniversary.

“Our average starting date is December 10th. We’ll be ready to go by Thanksgiving weekend if we get enough snow. We’ve completed everything that we needed to complete to get our opening authorization from the forest service and are just waiting on that,” said Mt. Ashland General Manager Kim Clark.

He says all the lifts have been inspected and cleared by the insurance company for safety. A 50th anniversary celebration is planned for Saturday, January 11th, including live music and many other events planned. Ski Ashland opened in 1963.

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