No Ski Season Start Date In Sight

, Posted: Fri, December 27 2013 at 6:43 PM, Updated: Fri, December 27 2013 at 7:03 PM

Panic is starting to set in at Mount Ashland.

What began as a banner year with season pass sales up 33-percent is quickly going down hill, with the little snow the mountain has, melting.

It's not exactly the site officials with the Mount Ashland Ski Area want to see.

Thanks to the inversion level, temperatures here on Mt. Ashland have been near or above 50 over the past few weeks, making it difficult to image that the entire mountain side was under nearly 17 inches of snow at the beginning of the month.

Since skiers can't hit the slops, nearly 130 people are currently waiting to work, out of a job.

Down the hill at Callahan's Lodge, the snow storm earlier this month actually hurt business since many couldn't travel up or through the mountain but since the snow has melted, locals have been visiting making it a successful holiday season.

But despite a good end of the year, she's worried and hopes the snow will bring skiers in after the near year.

And while skiers may not be able to hit the slopes of Mount Ashland yet, according to Bob Matthews the owner of the rogue ski shop. They'be been shopping for gear before the hoilidays and/or have been traveling to areas that are open.

While it's not the best start to a ski season, it has been worse.  In 1978 the season at Mt. Ashland didn't get snow until February.

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