MEDFORD, Ore. – Blue skies and lots of sun greeted skiers and snowboarders on Mount Ashland for the opening of the season today. It’s Mount Ashland’s 49th year of operation and 21st Ski Season as a non-profit.
Thursday marks the fourth time since 2000 that Mount Ashland Ski Area has opened early and by the looks of the turnout and the weather, it’s already a better start to the season than last year. Hundreds of folks hit the slopes of Mount Ashland on opening day; some local, and some from out of the area. Mount Ashland Ski Area is honoring ski passes for Mount Shasta skiers.
Mount Shasta hasn’t opened yet, so some on the slopes at Mount Ashland drove all the way from Redding and Eureka. Last year Mount Ashland officials say they had bad luck with the opening. This year is one of the earliest they’ve ever opened.
“Even over our 45 years of operation we usually open around December 12th through the 15th so this is really nice to open with this much snow pack it’s an extra bonus,” Mike Dadaos, a Mount Ashland Ski Area employee.
By noon on Thursday, Mount Ashland officials say between 600 and 700 people hit the slopes for the opening day. Mount Ashland officials say the ski area will be open Thursday through Monday this week and next week; then, on December 20th, they’ll start the 7 days a week schedule.