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Here in the Northwest we have an amazing cross section of ski areas. From the small community focused areas like Mt. Ashland, to the destination resort that is Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon, there is something for everyone, and every ability level. There are really challenging runs and terrain out there, and then there is gentle easy to handle slopes perfect for the novice or the beginner level skiers or riders. Ski season here in the Northwest is a long one typically beginning in late November and running through Memorial Day.


Here at Rogueweather I will keep the focus local as I will provide reports daily for all four of the ski areas in our immediate region. That is Mt. Ashland, Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park, Willamette Pass east of Eugene, (the closest ski area for Douglas County skiers and riders), and of course, Mt. Bachelor. In addition, you will find daily reports from areas in the Tahoe Basin and Mammoth Mountain in the Sierras, and also from Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. I also will provide daily reports from Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Jackson Hole has been rated the #1 ski resort in North America for three years running now. 




             

                                                                                                                                    


           

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CONDITIONS FOR DECEMBER 21st


MT. ASHLAND INFORMATION:

http://mtashland.com/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=14#cam

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MT. ASHLAND WILL BE CLOSED TODAY DUE TO RAIN

Mt. Ashland has opened for the season. However, with the rain coming down and needing to preserve the snowpack that is there...they will be closed today. A decision on Monday will be made later on today. Better conditions with snow are in the forecast for Wednesday. Mt. Ashland operates Thursdays through Mondays.

Mt. Ashland has been providing Local Mountain Fun to the residents of the Rogue Valley since 1964. It has something for everybody up there....but the higher end terrain is something that you just have to experience. This is one of the more challenging mountains to ski or ride on in the Northwest. It has been said if you can ski Mt. Ashland, you can ski anywhere. To increase the beginner experience, the Sonnet beginner slope has been regraded and a rope tow installed. Mt. Ashland typically is open in early December and the season will run through April. There is night skiing on Thursday and Friday nights from January through March. Mt. Ashland has a full rental shop if you need any kind of gear, and certified instructors are on hand to help you become the skier or boarder you truly want to be. Mt. Ashland is home to one of the largest after school ski programs in the state. Thousands of school kids come up to Mt. Ashland on Thursdays to learn how to ski and snowboard. This program has become the second largest youth sports activity in Southern Oregon trailing only soccer in numbers participating. This summer the parking lot expansion was completed, adding 20% more capacity. New this season is $99 Car Load Mondays. All legally seat-belted passengers pay just $99, limit 7 and not valid holidays. A very family friendly ski area, Mt. Ashland has a compact layout of just four chairs and one base lodge. It does make it much easier to keep track of everybody.


MT. SHASTA SKI PARK INFORMATION:

http://skipark.com/

Mt. Shasta Ski Park reports cloudy skies with rain at times. Winds are light this morning. The temp is 40 degrees at the lodge. The base is 25 inches at the lodge, and 40 inches at the top of Coyote Chair. All three lifts. and the Magic Carpet surface lift are operating until 4 pm today. 32 runs are open, with 14 groomed. The lodge is open with 100 percent operations for all departments. All roads to the Ski Park report bare pavement.

Mt. Shasta has announced that all 2013 - 2014 season passes can be rolled over for the 2014 - 2015 season by paying a $50 administrative fee.

The Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park is a very inviting ski area that families just love. It has ideal terrain for novices and beginners, yet it also balances that out by offering challenging slopes for experts. Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park is a very compact area so keeping track of everybody is very easy to do. They do offer day and night skiing with night skiing offered Thursday through Saturday nights, and then again on holiday nights. There are a total of three chairs and a surface lift here. The surface lift is a rope tow that is used for beginners only. The season at Mt. Shasta is typically from early December to mid April. The Board and Ski Park sits in an ideal spot to catch the storms as they roll around Mt. Shasta so that the snow can fall deep in big storms. However, if there is a scarcity of natural snow, they do have snow making which can be used to augment the real stuff.....or create their own base. This ski area is a favorite of skiers and riders from both Northern California and Southern Oregon. It is the closest skiing and snowboarding to the Redding Chico area in Northern California and many of the visitors here come from that area. To get to Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park take I 5 to Mt. Shasta City, Take State Highway 89 and then follow the signs to turn onto the access road. Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park is unique for the western United States. It is one of the very few ski areas in the western US that does not sit on National Forest land.


MT. BACHELOR INFORMATION:

http://www.mtbachelor.com/winter/mountain/snow_report

Not a day to be going up to Mt. Bachelor at all. They are open...but they are the only ski area in Oregon that is open today. Mt. Bachelor reports that it is raining this morning. They also report high winds of over 60 miles an hour on the mountain. These stormy conditions are causing impacts in operations as only three lower mountain lifts will be open today. The temp is 33 at West Village and 32 at mid mountain. The base is 40 inches at West Village and 63 inches at mid mountain. Only three lifts are running today from 9 am until 4 pm....Sunshine Accelerator, Sunrise Expresss, and Carrousel. Carrousel is FREE to ride at anytime it is open this season. Go to Sunrise Lodge for your free ticket. The groomers did get out last night and worked over most of the beginner level runs off these lifts. Use caution even on the groomed runs today as the snow is very soupy, Do not go off groomed or open runs at all. Hazardous conditions out there. The Nordic Center is open with 30 kilometers of trails groomed and set. The West Village base area is in full operation with all facilities open. There is additional parking at Skyliner. Pine Marten Lodge, and Sunrise Lodge are open for the season now. The shuttle is running from Bend to the Mountain daily. Leave the driving to them and sit back and relax.

Mt. Bachelor has announced that they will be constructing a new 4 passenger high speed lift east of Rainbow in the near future. An exact date of when that will be done has not been announced yet, but the lift construction is approved. This is actually a revision and a drastic scaling down of the original master plan for developing the mountain that called for an entire base area and lift network to be built on the eastern slopes of Mt. Bachelor. If you click here, you can see the layout of this area. Once you click on the link, click on the picture to see a large image of this area.

Mt. Bachelor is the major destination resort for the Pacific Northwest. It draws skiers and riders from Northern California, to Washington state and beyond. Mt. Bachelor is well known for it's forgiving slopes and plentiful snowfalls. Unlike many resorts in Oregon, Mt. Bachelor seems to regularly get the type of cold dry powder more typically seen in the Rocky Mountains. Mt. Bachelor has the most lifts of any resort in the Northwest and the majority of them are the high speed lifts that keep lift lines small. The mountain itself is very spacious and has two main base areas, West Village and the Sunrise Lodge serving the east side of the mountain. Mt.Bachelor also has established a reputation for some of the very best grooming of their runs in the entire ski business. When I worked there in the mid 80s to the early 90s, Mt. Bachelor was frequently voted as THE best grooming at any major ski resort in the country. That legacy lives on. It was also highly praised for it's high speed lifts.

Mt. Bachelor has year round activities beyond just winter fun. In the summer they will run the Pine Marten lift to access the Pine Marten Lodge for dining and sightseeing on the weekends. In addition, last summer Mt. Bachelor built an extensive system of Mountain Biking trails in the West Village area. These are well designed trails that will give a challenge to riders of all ability levels. Mt. Bachelor will be home to some premier Mtn. Biking competitions in the summer and fall.


TIMBERLINE RESORT INFORMATION:

http://www.timberlinelodge.com/conditions

TIMBERLINE CLOSED TODAY DUE TO RAIN AND FOGGY CONDITIONS

Timberline is closed today due to the rain and the lack of visibility. Has been a very rough season for them so far with only the Palmer Chair offering any real skiing and riding on the snow filed up there. And that terrain is for advanced level skiers and riders only. Pray for snow for all the Mt. Hood ski areas as they are well below normal for snowfall so far this season.

Timberline Resort is located on Mt. Hood here in Oregon. It might have the longest ski season in the world with lifts running from the beginning of November through July. In my ski racing days, we trained at Timberline from late May through July. Timberline can and does get snow during all 12 months out of the year. In really snowy years it would be possible to do year round skiing on natural snow. The long ski season is what makes Timberline unique. It is not a big ski area in terms of acreage or lifts. But, if you feel that need to ski on the 4th of July...here is where you can do it with chairlifts running.


SUGAR BOWL SKI RESORT INFORMATION:

http://www.sugarbowl.com/home

POWDER ALERT!! 8 - 11 inches of snow in the last 24 hours! Sugar Bowl has light snow falling this morning with light winds. The temp is 32 degrees at the base, and 30 up top. The snowpack is reported at 22 inches at the lodge, and 49 inches up top. Weather conditions have impacted them. Judah Express is on wind hold at this time, and the Summit Chair was not able to open as planned. Seven lifts are operating today along with the access gondola. 96 runs are open, with 48 groomed. The surface of the groomed runs is new over machine packed. Use caution off the groomed runs and on the open ungroomed runs. Early season conditions exist, and there are unmarked obstacles everywhere.

Sugar Bowl is a personal favorite of mine from my early skiing days. It is a popular ski area for those in the Sacramento area, and also the Bay Area of Northern California. Sugar Bowl is in the north end of the Tahoe basin off of I 80. For something very unique. Park in the old parking lots of the Donner Park Highway and ride the gondola into the ski area. This used to be the only way to get to the lodge at Sugar Bowl.


HEAVENLY SKI AREA CURRENT INFORMATION:

http://www.skiheavenly.com/the-mountain/snow-report/snow-report.aspx

Heavenly has cloudy skies this morning with snow falling. Winds are moderate with gusts to 45 miles an hour expected. They did get 5 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. They are reporting a base of 26 inches. Eight lifts including the Gondola are running today beginning at 9:000 am. Over three miles of runs are open. They are operating their snow making system whenever temps are favorable to make snow. The Tubing Park opens at 9 am daily.

Heavenly is one of the best ski and snowboarding vacation destinations in the entire world. Sitting right on the border between California and Nevada, you do literally ski and ride from one state into another. With Mott Canyon and Killebrew Canyon you get some of the greatest lift served back country terrain in the United States. This makes it an ideal place for experts. If you tire of getting a workout on Heavenly's terrain you can always take time off in the casinos at the bottom of the mountain in Nevada. A gondola serves that area now so you can get whisked right back to skiing and riding when you are ready. With the combination of the casinos, you get an experience that does not get duplicated anywhere else in the world. Ski or ride all day and then head to the casinos for outstanding dining, gaming, and entertainment. Big name performers are always on stage on the South Shore at the base of Heavenly. This is by far my favorite place to take an unwind ski vacation that mixes in so much more than just being on the mountain.


WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, BRITISH COLUMBIA CURRENT CONDITIONS

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/weather/cams/whistler/index.htm

POWDER ALERT!! 6 inches of new snow overnight! Whistler is reporting cloudy skies with snow coming down this morning.  The base is now 46 inches. ALL lifts are running today on both mountains, except the Horstmann T bar on Blackcomb, and the Peak Express and the T Bars on Whistler. 7th Heaven Express and the Showcase T Bar on Blackcomb are on standby right now waiting for the clouds to clear. They report that 31 runs have been groomed on Whistler Mountain, and 30 were groomed on Blackcomb. With the current early season conditions, you are advised to use caution when going off groomed runs. 

ng events during the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. It is a very large area in terms of acreage and spans two mountains. Blackcomb Mountain, and Whistler Mountain. There is a village at the base of the two mountains that reminds me somewhat of Vail, Colorado. They can accommodate crowds very easily. You find the biggest lift lines in the mornings at the base of the Gondolas and the other lifts coming out of the villages. Once you get people up on the mountains lift lines become very short due to the capacity they have to move people. Whistler also has one of the largest grooming fleets in the world and usually offers more groomed runs than most ski areas have for runs in total. They do a great job of providing an excellent experience. Once you come here for the first time, you WILL want to come back.


MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN INFORMATION:

http://www.mammothmountain.com/MyMammoth/#tabs_conditions-snow

Mammoth Mountain reports partly cloudy skies this morning with occasional snow. Winds are light. The temp is 31 at the Main Lodge. They did get an inch of new since 6 am. The base is 30 - 48 inches. They have 11 lifts running. 116 runs are now open and 39 of them have been groomed. The groomed runs have packed powder as the surface. Due to the early season conditions, you are advised to use caution when going off groomed runs. ALL lodge complexes are now open.

Mammoth Mountain is located in the southern Sierras of California. This is the closest major ski area to the Los Angeles and Las Vegas metro areas. As such it can get very crowded in the base areas. Traffic to and from the mountain on weekends can be a nightmare. But, the mountain itself is huge and it can spread people out well. Mammoth is well known for running late into the season for skiing. Many years Mammoth can offer skiing on the 4th of July. Mammoth is also used as a spring time training center for ski racers. The US Ski Team has been coming here for decades to train during April, May, and even into June.


JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING INFORMATION:

http://www.jacksonhole.com/

Jackson Hole reports mostly cloudy skies this morning with light snow falling. Winds are light at this time. The temps are 24 degrees at the base with 18 at the top of the mountain. They did get 3 inches of new snow overnight. The base is 44 inches at mid mountain, and 55 inches up top. All 12 lifts are running today. 129 runs are open with 36 of them groomed. The surface is packed powder. Use caution on the ungroomed open runs, and anytime you are off established runs. There are plenty of unmarked obstacles out there with the early season conditions.

Jackson Hole is located in the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. A place of breathtaking beauty it has been ranked as the number 1 ski resort in the United States for the last three years running. If you have been there, you know why. Excellent lift service to get you more runs. The runs are buffed into superb shape by a fleet of groomers. They see some of the driest powder anywhere and when it dumps here, it really dumps! The ski school is excellent, and the staff everywhere is friendly and welcoming. But when it comes right down to it, Jackson Hole has the BEST in bounds lift served expert and advanced level terrain in the country. Just outstanding! Courbet's Couloir is a legend. If you think you can handle steep, just stand at the top of that thing and work your courage up. But, you better be good! The Tram runs right above you so you are putting on a show. I highly recommend Jackson Hole as a great vacation. I loved going there in the ski racing days. One of my favorite stops. The nearby town of Jackson has plenty to see and do as well. And, Yellowstone National Park is not far away either.



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WILLAMETTE PASS INFORMATION:

http://willamettepass.com/mountain/snowreport.php

AWAITING ENOUGH SNOW TO OPEN

Willamette Pass is located in the Cascades east of Eugene along Highway 58 right on the crest of the Cascades. Willamette Pass is one of Oregon's largest resorts with a total of 6 chairs. It is a very diverse ski area in terms of the terrain. It has very gentle beginner terrain, but it also has one of the very toughest lift served runs in the country in RTS, which stands for Rough, Tough, Steep. It absolutely is. If you can conquer the top of this thing, you can ski or ride ANYTHING! Willamette Pass is very family friendly and lift tickets are modestly priced. If you have never been here before, make sure to put it on your list for next season. During the summer the Eagle Peak Accelerator Chair runs to provide access to miles of hiking and biking trails. They also have a number of activities that occur.


HOODOO SKI RESORT INFORMATION:

http://www.hoodoo.com/

AWAITING ENOUGH SNOW TO OPEN

Founded in 1938, Hoodoo is Central Oregon’s original ski area. Hoodoo sits on the summit of Oregon’s Santiam Pass and is Oregon’s most centrally located destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Just 44 miles west of Bend, 85 miles east of Eugene and 130 miles southeast of Portland, Hoodoo Ski Area offers more than 800 acres of terrain, 32 runs, five lifts, night skiing, and one of the largest tubing parks in the West. The ski slopes are on a big, rounded butte, with lots of wide open terrain. So whether you prefer deep and challenging powder or finely groomed runs, Hoodoo has something for you.






















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