Mount Ashland Opens a Day Early

Mount Ashland was originally scheduled to open for on Saturday, but the crew was able to pull of an early opening.

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 11:53 AM
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 11:54 AM

ASHLAND, Ore.- They are calling it day "onesie."

That means if you come today wearing any kind of onesie, you will get a $25 lift ticket.

Mount Ashland ski area manager, Hiram Towle told NewsWatch 12 that a lot of work goes into getting the ski resort open for business.

Not only do they have to groom the slopes, but the crew also has to put up miles of boundary rope on the runs and prepare the lifts.

The staff has been prepping inside the lodge too...making sure food has been ordered and all the rental gear is ready.

Towle said that the early opening just felt right.

"We had a short season last year and it's always been our commitment to give people as much time on snow as we can so we were able to to pull it together a day early so we would be re-missed not to get it open to the public," says Towle.

Last season they didn't open until late January and the season went into April.

There's about 24 inches of snow near the bottom of the lifts now and a little bit thinner er up at the top.

Towle said his lower slopes are in really good shape and he expects a lot of moisture this winter.

"We are looking at a weak el niño which could go either way for us. It's really nice to see that the cold temps came in along with the moisture because that's generally what it means is more moisture but not necessarily the cold temps," says Towle.

Although there may be some more snow hitting Mount Ashland this weekend, he thinks people will bear the weather and that is shouldn't have much of an impact on crowds.

If you come in a onesie on Saturday, you will also get a $25 ticket to honor those who planned for Saturday to be the first day.

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