Mt. Ashland to open early

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. โ€“ Skiers, snowboarders and sledders can start prepping their gear, the Mt. Ashland Ski Area will open one day earlier than expected.

Originally scheduled for a December 8 opening, the lifts will start running from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, December 7. All four lifts will be running.

“Early opening Friday!” Mt. Ashland officials wrote on Facebook. “We are stoked to announce that we will open one day early for Day Onesie with all four lifts! Celebrate our funky Mt. A vibe and wear a one piece suit and get a $25 ticket. Show up early and meet me in front of the lodge before 8:30 and I will whisk you to the top of Sonnet for first tracks and a onesie parade!”

On Wednesday, the snow base ranged from 21 to 24 inches between the mid and lower-mountain.

“The mountain will be 100 percent open,” said Mt. Ashland Ski Area General Manager Hiram Towle, “the upper terrain is pretty thin, it’s gonna be early season conditions so if you’re not an expert, it’s going to be only expert terrain open up there.”

Towle said the suspense of opening has been building, hitting its peak after this past weekend’s “Snow Stomp.”

The ski area suggests signing up for their text alerts and keep up with them on social media for the latest information on the snow season.

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