Willamette Pass Opens

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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 Wednesday naturally makes for a smaller crowd, but that day’s numbers worked for all sides of the slopes.

It was enough people to make a good first profit for the pass, but few enough that skiers and snowboarders felt like they were on their own private mountain.

That mountain had feet of nearly untouched powder that buddies Jim and Alan were happy to see.

“I’ve been skiing every year since I was 9 or 10 and never missed a year, so the first day always matters to me that I made it another year, and checked it off the list,” they said.

They and just about everyone else agreed Wednesday was the perfect way to kick off the 2012 season.

With many of the area schools having their last day before break on Thursday and Friday, they’re expecting an even bigger crowd at the mountain this weekend and an awesome season ahead.

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