MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — The storm expected this weekend is too little, too late for one Southern Oregon ski resort.
Mt. Ashland has already decided to put its 50th anniversary celebration on hold. The anniversary is Saturday, but with the ski area closed, the party has to be postponed.
Construction on the lodge started in the mid-summer of 1963, because at that time there was so much snow, but on Friday, with no snow and no visitors, the ski area is closed.
Mt. Ashland Development Director Rick Saul says all 130 seasonal employees have been out of work. Saul says this is a rough year, but it’s not the latest Mt. Ashland has had to wait to open; back in 1977, it opened on February 17th. The anniversary event will be rescheduled later in the year when the ski area opens.
While it isn’t celebrating an anniversary, the ski area says it’s trying to summon the “snow gods”. The ski area is holding a Pray for Snow Party on Saturday. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks for sale. You’ll also have a chance to shop at Mt. Ashland’s retail shop, with some price tags cut by 40-60%. It starts at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ski lodge in Mt. Ashland.