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March Snow Survey Shows Record Low Level

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MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — Snow is on the ground at Mount Ashland, but not much of it. Officials completed this month’s snow survey and found the Siskiyous are about 10 percent of what’s normal.

A snow survey “course” that typically takes skis, or at the very least, snowshoes, to get to, only took hiking boots Monday morning. Snow levels are so low, at the first of several locations snow is surveyed on the mountain, no snow was on the ground.

At the third location, the average depth was about 12 inches and surveyors said the region was at about 30 percent of what’s normal, but the Siskiyous and Mount Ashland are closer to 10 percent.

They said it is highly unlikely the levels will catch up and those who depend on water should plan on a “light” year.

“This year, without that saturation within the soil, we’re not going to have that same kind of runoff. So the snow that we see here may or may not actually make its way down to the valley as well,” said hydrologic technician, Chris Garvey.

While the snow levels are down, the density of the snow fell within the normal range at 25 percent, meaning the snow is neither unusually dry nor wet.

As for Mount Ashland, officials said they need about another foot before lifts begin to operate.

Mount Shasta is dealing with similar issues because of a lack of snow. Monday, Shasta announced anyone who purchased a 2013-2014 ski pass can roll over the pass for next ski-season. Mount Ashland is still discussing options and expects to have an announcement for ticket holders at the end of the month.

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