MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Skiers and snowboarders looking to hit the slopes on Mt. Ashland on Monday had to turn around before having the chance to use their lift ticket.
A quiet day on Mt. Ashland as some disappointed skiers who didn’t find out the slopes were closed due to downed power lines. For the third time in the past four years, the lifts didn’t run on Mt. Ashland on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Monday morning, officials said they had sixteen runs groomed and ready to go but got a call around 8 a.m. that a tree had fallen on Old Highway 99 taking with it power lines and a days worth of business from Mt. Ashland.
“Our lodging partners have been busy because they’ve been calling for reorders for vouchers. So we know there has been people who have come in for this weekend. It’s just disappointing for them, our guests and it’s disappointing for us financially,” said Development Director for Mount Ashland, Rick Saul.
Mt. Ashland updated all their web site and snow reports informing skiers the slopes were closed and also had an employee at the bottom of the ski road sharing the news. Officials say this is the first real speed bump in what has been a successful start to the skiing season. Mt. Ashland officials expect everything to be up and running when the slopes re-open on Thursday morning.