Posted: Fri, March 14 2014 at 6:01 PM, Updated: Mon, March 17 2014 at 1:13 AM
Ashland, Ore. -- With less than a foot of snow on the mountain and no snow in the spring forecast managers at Mt. Ashland have made the difficult decision to call it a season.
Rick Saul, Mt. Ashland's Development Director, says they've held out hope. In 2011 the mountain got 117 inches of snow in March alone and 105 inches in 2012 that allowed for late openings. But this year he says opening the mountain just isn't in the cards.
"This is the first time in our 50 years that we haven't opened for a season," Saul said. "It's horrifically disappointing."
Saul wouldn't say how many people bought season passes this year, but he said they have two options.
One is to turn in their pass and receive a tax deductible donation for the 2014 year.
The second option for people who opt not to request a tax deduction is to purchase a pass next year at half price.
One skier, Greg Williams, has been a season pass holder for 20 years, but has been skiing Mt. Ashland for over four decades. He said he's more than willing to pay full price for another season pass next year.
"It's a great place to raise a family and it would be a real tragedy if we lost it," Williams said.
Saul said they're currently in the process of applying for drought relief assistance.
"Without revenue from this year our reserves are depleted," Saul said.
He said they're optimistic that the assistance will come through.
Mt. Ashland's website says the terms and conditions season pass buyers agree to are that the season passes are non-refundable, non-transferable, and can not be rolled over from one season to the next.