Mount Ashland opening

Ashland, Ore., — Mount Ashland has seen quite a bit of snow over the last few days.

So much, that staff are thinking about an early opening.

At the lodge earlier today it was snowing and about 25 degrees, but people were already out there sledding and snow boarding.

And they hope that soon the lifts will open, making it that much more fun.

Right now the mountain has 25 inches of snow at the lodge.

And they’re currently planning to open on December 10th.

But after getting 3 inches of snow overnight and 10 inches of powder over the weekend, there is hope for an early opening.

“The first 10 inches that came in were very light, so it’s not a really good base builder, but we hold out hope with the snow cat out there doing a little track packing that it will solidify.” said General Manager, Hiram Towle.

Towle says regardless of whether or not they open early, it’s been a great start for the mountain, and it’s not even winter yet.

The mountain is holding its annual employee training Saturday, and will be ready to open any time after that, when the weather allows.

NBC5 News Weekend anchor and reporter Nicole Stein was born and raised in Orange County, California.

She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Mass Communications. While at Arizona State, Nicole was a reporter for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS8 and interned for three local radio stations.

When she isn’t reporting, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as dancing, reading and traveling.

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