MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Skiers on Mount Ashland are praying for snow, and while this weekend’s storm offered some hope for snow in the higher elevations, Mt. Ashland officials say it isn’t enough.
The ski area is currently closed because of the lack of snow. The Development Director for Mt. Ashland, Rick Saul, says all 130 seasonal employees have also been out of work.
Today, the ski area is holding a “Pray for Snow” party at the mountain. The party, which lasts until 4 p.m., features hamburgers, hot dogs, and deep discounts at the retail shop.
This party to summon the snow gods was held in lieu of the 50th anniversary celebration. Saturday marks 50 years since the ski resort first opened. The anniversary event will be rescheduled later in the year when the ski area opens.
Rick 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.