ASHLAND, Ore. – Officials at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area have announced that they will not open this season, marking the first time in its 50-year history it has failed to open for skiers and snowboarders.
The mountain received less than a foot of snow at lower elevations, and with no snow in the forecast in the near future, officials decided Friday to cancel the season. According to the most recent snow survey from the U.S. Forest Service this season produced the least amount of snow in the Siskiyou Mountains since the surveys began in 1963.
“It kind of takes your breath away because this is an unprecedented event,” said Rick Saul, Mt. Ashland Development Director.
Ski area officials are now applying for emergency drought assistance to make up for the lost season.
“We’ll just go into hibernation mode until next October, until we need to get the ski area open again,” Saul said.
Officials said there are two options for people who purchased non-refundable season passes this year. One option lets people to return their season pass and receive a tax-deductible donation for the 2014 tax year. Another option allows current pass holders to purchase a season pass next year at a 50 percent discount.
Pass holders are asked to call the Mt. Ashland business office after April 1 at 541-482-2897, or send an e-mail to email@example.com to get more information.
Officials at Mt. Ashland said four-visit punch cards will still be honored next season. and current season passes can be used Hoodoo ski area and resort near Sisters, Ore.
Mt. Shasta Ski Park is also still closed, and is allowing its pass holders to roll their season passes to next year.