March Snow Survey Shows Record Low Level

MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — Snow is on the ground at Mount Ashland, but not much of it. Officials completed this month’s snow survey and found the Siskiyous are about 10 percent of what’s normal. A snow survey “course” that typically takes skis, or at the very least, snowshoes, to get to, only took hiking boots … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Closed Again on MLK Day

ASHLAND, Ore. — For the fourth time in five years, Mt. Ashland was closed for the Martin Luther King Junior holiday. The mountain still has not received enough snow to open yet this season, and the ski area will be closed until a large storm brings more snow to the slopes. The holiday typically brings … Continue reading »

Lack of Snow Stops Ski Practice

ASHLAND, Ore. — Due to the lack of snow, Medford and Ashland ski students haven’t been able to get in much practice this season. Each year the Medford Ski Education Foundation including starts practicing mid-December and the skiers get out on the mountain before holiday break. On Thursday, the students were forced to do dry-land … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Waiting for Snow

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — While the cold weather is causing problems for some, staff members at Mount Ashland say they’re hoping for more of it. On Monday, the mountain saw fifty mile an hour winds and snow, but it’s still way short of what they need to open their trails. Last year the resort opened … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Getting Ready to Open

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — A fresh dusting of snow on Mount Ashland on Tuesday morning is forcing ski area workers to wrap the last of the painting and other improvements that have been going on all summer long. In addition to widening most runs, the beginners run was re-sloped to make it easier for novice … Continue reading »

Parking Expansion Underway on Mt Ashland

MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — Bulldozers and dump trucks could be seen Wednesday where 101 parking spaces will be this winter. Ground was broken this week on a parking lot expansion project that Mount Ashland development director Rick Saul said has been a long time coming. “On any given year, there’s about 24 days that we … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Parking Expansion Appealed

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — A parking lot expansion on Mt. Ashland is being appealed. Mt. Ashland has received United States Forest Service, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Jackson County approval to expand its parking lot by 101 spaces, but citizen activist Eric Navickas is appealing the project. He believes the parking lot would impact … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Receives Grant for Expansion

ASHLAND, Ore. — Mt. Ashland is getting some help with the cost of some of the improvements required for it’s expansion. The financial boost comes in the form of a $5,000 grant from the National Ski Areas Association’s Sustainable Slopes initiative. The grant will help fund twenty watershed restoration projects the ski area will implement … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Summer Projects Underway

ASHLAND, Ore. — The lifts have only been closed for a few weeks on Mount Ashland but the first phase of their summer project is already wrapping up. Crews are finishing up the process of cutting down trees to widen existing runs to increase safety and decrease congestion on the slopes, and officials say the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: 50 Years of Mt. Ashland

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Fifty years ago at this time, work was underway on Mt. Ashland to create the first ski resort in Southern Oregon. The first plans for a ski facility were very modest, until one of the biggest movers and shakers in Oregon got hold of the project. Interest in developing a ski … Continue reading »

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