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Amateur Athlete: Praying for Snow, Southern Oregon HS Ski Season on Hold

Despite Mt. Ashland opening its gates for the new ski season, Southern Oregon's high school ski teams continue to be confined to flat-ground workouts, as they have been for the past six weeks.

Posted: Dec. 27, 2017 5:15 PM
Updated: Dec. 28, 2017 11:47 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.—While Mt. Ashland is scheduled to open its gates to kick off the new ski season on Thursday, it won’t signal a start to the season for Southern Oregon’s high school ski teams.

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The team, which is composed of students from Ashland, Crater and North Medford, has been flat-ground training at Spiegelberg Stadium for the past six weeks. Despite the mountain continuing to unveil more open terrain, there’s simply not enough snow for the downhill racers to start training on the mountain.

"I was figuring I'd finish up my high school career with lots of snow,” Kaden Petersen, a senior at Crater, said.

"It's a super bummer, but we're all just trying to stay positive and pray for snow," Frida Graumann, a
senior at Ashland High, said.

In this week’s Amateur Athlete profile, head coach Gary King and his team demonstrate the simulated-ski workouts they’re forced to do while awaiting more snow.

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