Ski shop owner optimistic about ski season despite dry weather

The start of ski season has been slightly delayed because of dry and mild weather.

Posted: Nov 20, 2018 6:22 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2018 6:37 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- We're nearly a week away from December, but with the weather in the Willamette Valley being unusually dry, the start of ski season has been delayed.

Berg's Ski Shop has been around in Eugene for more than 60 years, and although the weather's been dry and mild, owner Dale Berg is optimistic for the upcoming ski season.

He said the season is starting a little bit later than usual due to the dry weather but business has been steady. Berg’s hasn’t rented out any skis or snowboards yet because of the mild weather but plans on getting them off the shelves in mid-December when the ski season will hopefully be in full swing.

Berg said they work closely with ski resorts throughout the area. He said last year Hoodoo had a wonderful season, while Willamette Pass struggled to stay open. Berg said they were only open for three days due to the lack of snow.

Berg predicts they'll bounce back with the additional work they've put into their slopes and the colder weather set to come soon.

"Well their season is coming up here,” Berg said. “It's going to start in probably another two weeks. They've been up preparing the slopes for the public to come and getting ready with the grooming underneath. Get some snow on top of that and people will be out there just going like crazy."

KEZI 9 News spoke with snowboarder Austen Grensback who is anxious to get back on the slopes.

"Some years really good, some years the mountain barely opens,” Grensback said. “It's concerning for sure, everyone hopes that there's always going to be snow and stuff, but obviously there's some other factors that play in the world and life, and we can only hope for the best.”

Berg said Mt. Bachelor is expected to be opening up this weekend. He said his business plans on having their shuttles go up to the mountain starting Dec. 1.

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