Mt. Ashland hopeful for another great season

Ashland, Ore. — The countdown is on for skiers and snowboarders, as the planned opening for Mt. Ashland is now less than a month away. After several seemingly snowless seasons, Mt. Ashland had a record season last year, and the hope is that this year is no different

“Overall, we reduced expenses last year and had a record revenue year of almost 2.5 million dollars in revenue,” boasted Mt Ashland General Manager Hiram Towle.

Much of the 13 inches of snow that’s fallen this season has melted, but that’s not stopping Mt Ashland Ski Area crews from prepping for what they hope will be another great season.

“We have to prepare the lifts, we have to prepare the lodge, get all of our amazing team hired and you know that’s what’s freshest in our mind just coming out of the job fair.”

In addition to the general maintenance and upkeep, visitors can expect some upgrades this season including a new text alert system. You can sign up HERE.

“Keep you instantly updated on road conditions, when we have a powder alert, you know over 6 inches, so you know its time to call in sick to work. We don’t condone that by way, we understand some people do that, haha,” Towle joked as his phone received one of the alerts.

There will also be updated trail signage and new gear.

“We now have 300 new snowboard, bindings, boots, and boards.”

If all goes well, Towle hopes to open December 10th, but until then, he’ll pray for snow.

“All we need is the moisture and the cold to come in and we anticipate that coming shortly.”

If you’re interested in purchasing a season pass they’ll be available at the ski swap at St. Mary’s Friday night and Saturday. They’re also giving away a season pass at Saturday night’s “Pray for Snow” party at Creekside Pizza.



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