ASHLAND, Ore. -- The Mt. Ashland Ski Area is open every day for Spring Break. This season snow enthusiasts have had about four months of slopes. Last year's season was completely different.
"It's nice to be able to come up whenever,” said skier Rylie Smith. "It wasn't open a lot last year."
Opening day was a soft opening toward the end of January. The ski area's General Manager Hiram Towle said that season lasted about 48 days which is a little more than half of the typical season. The mountain got about 166 inches of snow last time around. This season is a completely different story with about 230 inches so far. The Ski Area also opened on December 8th which was more than a month sooner than last season.
“This is amazing. I mean there's just so much snow. It is way better,” said skier Adrienne Backman. “Last year was still fun. We came up and still had a lot of good days. It was just not the expectation we all had, not as much snow."
Towle said the Ski Area had to close six times this season and not because there wasn't enough snow but because storms made it unsafe for skiers and snowboarders. Monday the Ski Area opened two hours later than usual because of strong winds and thunder.
The Ski Area has a theme each day for Spring Break. Head here to find out what that theme is. After Spring Break is over the Ski Area will only be open Friday-Sunday. Right now, it’s set to close for the season on April 14th.