MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — More than a month into ski season — Mount Ashland still does not have enough snow to open.
Season pass holders are growing restless as the ski season remains at a standstill, but the mountain says it will not be issuing refunds.
The mountain says season pass holders take a leap of faith that the weather will be cooperative. They even sign an agreement stating that no refunds will be given if the mountain does not open for some reason.
Only five Mt. Ashland employees are working part time… Much of that time spent answering phone calls from concerned season pass holders
“What our contract says and what our terms and conditions say that everyone signed is that there are no refunds are followers… that’s the line we are holding at this point,” said Mt. Ashland General Manager, Kim Clark.
Mt. Ashland is staying optimistic. In the past 50 years, they’ve never not had a ski season, and this year they hope will be no different.
There are at least 45 days left to ski, but there is no set date for when the mountain will have to call it quits.
“We will keep open as long as our guests keep coming up, and we can break even on operations and keep rolling,” said Clark.
Many Mt. Ashland season pass holders are hoping to break even too because right now they are losing a lot of money.
“You know it’s frustrating… you can’t really point a finger at anybody,” said season pass holder Jim Holdermann.
Holdermann and his family all have season passes that they bought at a discount price last spring, but still if you do the math… each season pass cost $289 … compared to $46 a day for a ski lift pass.
In order to break even that means each season pass holder will need to visit the mountain six times.
For Holdermann, this means he spend more than $1,000 that he could just be out if the mountain doesn’t open, but he’s not letting that affect his loyalty.
“As far as next year will i buy a season pass… yeah I probably will because I spend enough time up there,” said Holdermann.
Mt. Ashland says most pass holders have been supportive.
“At this point we’re just trying to stay positive… Keep our fingers crossed that everything works out and we can get the doors open,” said Clark.