Mt. Ashland sees big crowds for night ski

Ashland, Ore.- Despite the late start and the mid-season closure, Mt. Ashland is still looking good revenue-wise, and it’s all thanks to previous season’s savings, and skiers and snowboarders eager to get in as many runs as possible.

“We’re seeing big crowds, even on weekdays we are seeing big crowds,” Hiram Towle, Mt. Ashland general manager said.

And the crowds aren’t just coming for the day.

“We generally don’t get 400 cars in the parking lot when we have night skiing,” Towle said.

The mountain started its night skiing Thursday and have already seen a rush of people come through.

“The pent up demand was just huge,” said Hiram. “People couldn’t wait to get back on their local mountain,” said Towle.

For father and son, Josh and Ethan Barns night skiing has a different vibe.

“I think being able to look and see downtown Ashland while you are on the chairs is pretty amazing and then tonight we might see the almost full moon which is pretty incredible as well,” Barns said.

The mountain plans to have night skiing every Thursday and Friday until at least the start of March.

NBC5 News reporter Karen Tang graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in communications and a master’s in journalism.

Before coming to Medford, Karen was an intern at WUSA9 and NBC News Channel in Washington D.C.

During her time in Maryland, Karen was an NCAA Division I student-athlete on the Maryland gymnastics team. She competed against Big Ten universities and made the Big Ten All-Championship team.

When Karen isn’t reporting, she’s at the gym working out, taking pictures with her dog Boomer and searching for the best food in Southern Oregon.

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