Snowmageddon Fuels Mt. A.
By Joshua Hill, Staff Writer
“I’m stoked on Mt. Ashland finally being open and staying open this season” says SOU student Christianne Steele, excited to be back on the slopes. She is one of many who have been able to return to Mt. Ashland after two years of minimal snowfall. “We have moved past the last two bad years of snow and are moving onto 50 more great ones,” said Mount Ashland General Manager Hiram Towle.
Currently Mt. Ashland has 23 runs with an open bowl and a snowpack this year with 58 inches at the base and 87 inches at the summit and more snow to come, a fact Steele is openly excited about, “The snowfall has been somewhat continuous, which has led to all lifts being open and a park being built. I love being able to shred local!”
Mt. Ashland employs 130 seasonal staff members and has many volunteers who were not able to work up on the mountain fulltime until this year.
If your looking to head up to Mt. Ashland, here are a few ways to get there and save you a few dollars in the process:
- Car Load Mondays. This promotion will discount lift tickets for a carpool of up to 7 legally seat belted passengers for 99 dollars.
- Ski Hopper Bus. The bus is in route Friday-Sunday mornings. More information about the times and pickup locations can be found at the Ski Hopper website. http://www.winehoppertours.com/mt-ashland-ski-hopper/.
These are some of many things that set Mt. Ashland apart along with the price, 46 dollars for adult weekend passes. Mt Ashland is also open until late April- weather permitting.
Here are some upcoming events:
- Nevado Demo Days January 16 -17th. Make sure not to miss this if you want to try out some of the latest gear from many companies. By just providing your license you are able to take out a great selection of gear for an hour between 10 am and 2 pm.
- Get the Girls Out Day January 31st. This event is meant to get more women out on the slopes to have fun and build relationships with new and old friends.
- “Get the Girls Out Day is part of a nationwide campaign to unite women as they support, challenge, mentor and inspire each other in the outdoor sports world” as said by www.mt.ashland.com/calendar/.
- February 20th is the Bavarian night where the Ski Patrol puts on an evening of family based activities including music, fireworks, a raffle and even more. All of the twilight ticket sales form 3:00pm to 9:00pm are donated by Mt. Ashland to the ski patrol.
- OISRA State Alpine Ski Racing Championships March 3rd – March 5th this is were the best high school ski teams across the state come to battle it out for the title of Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association State Alpine Champions.