First Snowfall of the Season

NEAR WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — The Central Cascades saw the first snowfall of the season Saturday night, but the snow is already starting to melt. Road conditions along Highway 58 remained slick Sunday – but not icy. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for elevations above 4,000 feet until 5 p.m. Sunday, but … Continue reading »

Berg’s Sends First Bus to Mt. Hood

EUGENE, Ore. — The owner of Berg’s Ski and Snowboard Shop in Eugene says they’ve have to make some major adjustments this year, because of the lack of snow. Willamette Pass has just announced it’s doing a partial opening on Friday, but Berg’s won’t send a bus up there this weekend. Instead, they’re sending a … Continue reading »

Lack of Snow Affects Businesses

WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — The Willamette Pass Ski Resort is still not open, and it’s leaving a lot of businesses in the area high and dry. Normally at this time of the year, skiers and snowboarders would be heading down the slopes at Willamette Pass, but the resort is not open yet because of the … Continue reading »

Lack of Snow Puts Ski Season on Hold

EUGENE, Ore. — The lack of snow is making it tough for Hoodoo and Willamette Pass ski resorts to open. There’s only about 10 inches of snow at the Hoodoo Ski Resort. To open, it needs between 24 and 36 inches. Resort officials say they hope to be open by Christmas. “We’re keeping an eye … Continue reading »

Ski Resort Excited for Fresh Snow

WILLAMETTE PASS — The warmer weather is behind us and mother nature made that clear with a nice blanket of snow on Willamette Pass Saturday night. Several inches have fallen this weekend and there’s still more forecasted to come. Even though the ski season hasn’t started yet, the Willamette Pass Ski Area was busy today. … Continue reading »

Ski-Snowboard Industry Nets Millions

EUGENE, Ore. — Skiers and snowboarders in Oregon delivered $482 million in economic impacts across the state in 2010-2011. According to a report prepared by the University of Oregon, the industry contributed 6,772 jobs and $194 million in personal income. The report reviewed the amount of money spent at the mountains, in communities and along … Continue reading »

Storm Dumps Feet of Snow

WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — It was a bit of a slow start to the ski season, but some powerful winter storms packed a good punch, bringing heavy snow for the ski area and a treat for the skiers. Willamette Pass Ski Area has a fresh blanket of white ready to be carved and shredded this … Continue reading »

Drivers Battle the Snow Over the Passes

WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — The Cascades passes were blanketed in white Monday and Tuesday. Willamette Pass got about 18 inches and Santiam Pass around 28 inches. Just last week, the area near Willamette Pass was experiencing relatively warm and dry weather, but that all changed come Sunday night when the temperatures dropped below freezing and … Continue reading »

Willamette Pass Opens

WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — Nearly five feet of snow fell in the Cascades this week, creating prime conditions for those lucky enough to take a day off and head to opening day at Willamette Pass. At 9 a.m., it was time to take advantage of the days of dumping in the Cascades. Opening on a … Continue reading »

Snow Continues to Pound Mountain Passes

WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — The Cascades continued to see about a foot of snow Tuesday. Winds weren’t as high, but conditions were still challenging for drivers. It’s a lot whiter out there and the ground is slicker, after the pass saw another foot of snow overnight Monday night. There were significantly less passenger cars on … Continue reading »

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