Mt. Ashland reopens after power outage

Mt. Ashland, Ore.– “Mt. Ashland is back,” says general manager Hiram Towle.

That’s music to the ears of local skiers and snow boarders.

“Man it was just epic, it was awesome,” Mark Guyot, an avid snowboarder explains.  His excitement is
echoed by many other winter sport lovers who turned up at Mt. Ashland in droves Tuesday.

“When the snow and ice come in like this,” explains Towle.  “It makes a monumental effort for us.”

And a lot of effort for Pacific Power crews as well.

“We had some difficulties with power, that was main problem,” Towle says.

Severe damage to power lines below the mountain were to blame for the ski area’s closure since Sunday afternoon, but with repairs completed early Tuesday morning, lifts were fired up and ready to carry anxious riders.

“It hasn’t snowed like this is a really long time.  Its going to be really exciting,” young snowboarder Tarren Farnbanch exclaims.

Towle says,”The skiing and riding is going to be better than its been in years.”

With local students enjoying winter break, it couldn’t come at a better time.

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