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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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If you are going to go skiing or boarding anywhere in the Western US today, bring sunscreen and adequate eye protection with you. Sunny skies under a strong ridge will be the rule. This will bring about warm temps and springlike conditions. Be prepared for that. Sunburns at ski areas can become very severe with sun reflecting off the snow. Be sure to have your eyes well protected. And, do not forget lip balm preferably with sunscreen to protect lips and prevent them from becoming painfully chapped or even sunburned which is worse. 



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There is shuttle service being provided to and from the mountain on weekends and holidays. Click here to see the shuttle schedule. 

Remember, ski park permits are required at Mt. Ashland and all winter play areas in Oregon. You can get those on the mountain. 

Mt. Ashland has been providing Local Mountain Fun to the residents of the Rogue Valley since 1964. 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. 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. 


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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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Mt. Bachelor reports mostly clear skies this morning. There are some higher level clouds. Winds are light. The temp is 33 at West Village, and 39 at mid mountain. The base is 104 inches at West Village, and 129 inches at mid mountain. They have 7 lifts running today. 96 runs are open, and 48 are groomed. That includes 4 runs on the Summit. Beverly Hills, Healey Heights, Wanoga Way, and Outer Sunrise Get Back. The groomed runs will have spring like machine power tilled surfaces. If you go off open runs, do so with caution. Do not go alone. The Nordic Center is open 9 to 4 daily. 56 kilometers of trails have been groomed and track set. The West Village base is in full operation, and the Sunrise Lodge is in full operation with all support facilities open. The Pine Marten Lodge is also in full operation. The parking lot at Skyliner is open for season pass holders. There are no facilities there.

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 is 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, 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 has high overcast skies this morning. Winds are light. The temp is 46 degrees at the lodge. The base is 109 inches at the lodge with more out on the mountain. All 6 lifts run today. The Bruno, Pucci, Molly's, and Jeff Flood Chairs run 9 am to 4 pm. The Stormin Norman Chair and Magic Mile will run from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The groomed runs have spring like machine power tilled surfaces. If you go off open runs, you are advised to ski and ride with care. Unmarked obstacles exist. The Thunder, Schoolyard, Conway's, Blossom and Spraypaint Terrain Parks will be open. The highway to the mountain has spots of ice. Carry chains and drive up safely.

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 is where you can do it with chair lifts running.


Willamette Pass reports high overcast and sunshine this morning. Winds are light. The temp at the lodge is 30 degrees. The base is 64 inches at the lodge and 118 inches at the top of Peak 2. Four chairs will run from 9 am to 4 pm today. Eagle Peak Accelerator, Peak 2. Twilight, and Sleepy Hollow. Magic Carpet lift is running for ski school. Most of the runs have been groomed including everything on Peak 2. The groomed runs have spring like machine tilled surfaces. All runs including RTS are open. 10 kilometers of cross country trails have been groomed and tracked. Highway 58 to the Pass is reporting spots of ice. Carry chains and drive up safely. 

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.




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Mt. Shasta Ski Park reports broken high overcast skies this morning. Winds are light. The temp is 38 degrees at the lodge. The base is 58 inches at the lodge with 84 inches at the top of Douglas Chair. The days of intense warm sunshine are taking their toll. All four lifts will run today from 9 am to 4 pm. 32 runs are open and 19 of those have been groomed. The surface of the groomed runs is soft spring like machine power tilled. The access road into the park has spots of ice. Drive up with caution.

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.


Heavenly reports bluebird clear skies this morning. Winds are light. Temps are in the 40s all over the mountain. The base is 83 inches this morning. 24 lifts are running from 9 am to 4 pm. All 97 runs are open. They did groom many runs last night with spring like machine power tilled surfaces. The terrain off the open runs is loaded with all kinds of obstacles. Both seen and unseen. If you are going to go off the runs, make sure you are with friends. NEVER go alone. Both the Nevada and California bases are open with full operation of the lodges and facilities. 

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.


Mammoth reports sunny skies this morning. Winds are light. The temp is 37 degrees at the base. The base is 105 inches at Main Lodge and 165 inches up top. All lifts are running today. All runs will be open. A season high 106 runs were groomed last night. The surface of the groomed runs is machine power tilled. If you go off open runs, always go with friends. Never go alone. There are many obstacles out there. 

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.


Sugar Bowl has sunny skies this morning. Winds are light. The temp at the base is 32, with 35 up top. The base is 80 inches at the bottom and 132 inches on top. All lifts except the Village Tow and Village Kids surface lift are running today. The access gondola is running. 103 runs are open with 54 groomed. The surface of the groomers is spring like machine power tilled. Use caution off the open runs. Always go with friends and never go alone. 

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.



Jackson Hole has clear skies this morning. Winds are breezy up top with gusts to near 25 miles an hour. The temp is 7 at the base, and 25 up top. The snow base is 62 inches at mid mountain, and 78 inches on top. All 13 lifts are running today including the new Teton lift121 runs are open with 52 of them groomed. The groomed runs have packed powder surfaces. 

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 four 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.

Jackson Hole has a summer season at the ski resort as well. The operate the tram and the gondola for sight seeing when conditions allow in the summer months. The town of Jackson Hole has special events throughout the summer as well. If you are headed to Yellowstone National Park in the summer, Jackson Hole always makes a great stop.


Whistler reports cloudy skies this morning. Winds are light at the base and breezy from mid mountain on up. The temp is 33 degrees at the base. The base is 93 inches at the Village with more on top. 34 lifts are running today. There may be upper mountain lifts on weather holds today. The Horstmann T Bars on Blackcomb Mountain are the only lifts closed today. They are saying that the Horstmann T Bars are closed due to "recession of the glacier." They are making snow up there and as soon as the lifts can safely operate, they will be opened up again. 200 runs are open in total at this time. 52 runs are groomed on Whistler Mountain and 39 groomed on Blackcomb Mountain. The surface of the groomed runs is spring like machine groomed. When going off groomed runs, never go alone. Go with friends and have more fun! But watch out for obstacles out there.

Whistler Blackcomb hosted alpine ski racing 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.

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