ASHLAND, Ore.- The Mt. Ashland Ski Lodge started it's renovations in June and six months later it's open and ready for folks to come check it out. It's a good preview for what it will be like when the ski season starts in just a few weeks.
Many patrons are thrilled with the $1.7 million dollar renovations.
Connie and Joel Slaughter are regulars ever winter season. They say, "We've skied here since 1964 and it looks great."
Sahalie and Isaac Matsdorf say, "It looks better than it was, there's more space."
It's a lot more space, an additional 1,000 square feet.
Hiram Towle, Mt. Ashland Ski Area GM says, "It still feels like the same quirky funky lodge that they became used to and we're just proud that were able to deliver a product that they find great so we're excited."
Even with today's excitement there is a little dissapointment. The ski area was expected to open it's season today.
Towel says, "We will open as soon as mother nature allows everyone knows will pull out all the stops to get this place open. We've done it before, we'll do it again."
The man-made slopes were a good reminder about what skiers can look forward to.
Matsdorf's say, "We are excited really excited and we go on the hell over there but he goes all the way to the top."
Slaughter's say, "We started skiing way before snowboards were even invented."
Jojo Hamers says, "I'm excited because I just joined the snowboard team and I'm ready to shred."
Towel says, "We'll shout it from the mountain tops when we are ready to open."
The ski area will open in a few more weeks when there is enough snow in the ground. You can get the latest snow forecast with our NewsWatch12 meterologists.