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Mt. Bachelor selling 2013 - 2014 Mt. Ashland season pass holders their 2014 Spring Season passes for just $49

This means you can do all the skiing and riding you want through May 25th for just $49. INCREDIBLE DEAL!! Be sure to click on the link below to get the full story.

But in a nutshell, for MUCH less than the price of a one day lift ticket right now at Mt. Bachelor, you can ski or ride for two months. And don't can get free skiing and riding at Hoodoo this weekend.

All of the sudden, NOT having a season at Mt. Ashland is developing something of a silver lining for season pass holders.






Mt. Bachelor reports sunny skies this morning. Winds are light. They do expect clouds and breezy conditions later and there will be snow falling so be prepared for changing conditions today. Temps are 38 at West Village and 32 at mid mountain. The base is 101 inches at West Village, and 146 inches at mid mountain. Six lifts are scheduled to be running today. The groomers did hit the entire mountain last night and this morning. The groomed runs have excellent corduroy surfaces. If you go off the groomed runs, always go with friends. You should NEVER go alone. The Nordic Center is open with 50 kilometers of trails ready.

Mt. Bachelor is in it's spring operation schedule. Sunrise Lodge and Parking lots are closed for the season. Park at West Village or Skyliner. Pine Marten Lodge and West Village are still open including food service.

Daily and multi-day lift tickets will remain at regular winter season prices through April 20. Spring Daily Ticket rates begin April 21.

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. You can access it now and some trails have already been cut. BUT!! This is a true back country experience and the area will not be maintained or patrolled. And, if you ski or ride into it....a 20 - 25 minute hike minimum awaits you to get back to the bottom of the Sunrise Express lift.

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 reports overcast skies this morning and light winds. Snow is expected to arrive later this morning. Winds will also become gusty so be prepared for this. The temp at the lodge is 36. The base is 146 inches. Five chairs are running today. Molly's Chair and the Palmer Chair are closed today. The Palmer Sno Cats will run however weather permitting. Three terrain parks are open today, Conways, Paintbrush, and Spraypaint. If you go off the groomed runs, use caution and always go with friends. The highway to Timberline has dry bare pavement now. But, expect snow and ice later today. Carry chains and drive up safely.

Beginner terrain is now VERY limited on Timberline when the Bruno's and Pucci Chairs are not running. Be aware of that.

Timberline has their Spring Pass on sale now. Get all the skiing and riding you want for April and May for just $99! This is a great deal. 

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 chairlifts running.



Mammoth Mountain has sunny skies this morning. Winds are light. The temp is 37. The base is 25 inches at Main Lodge and 55 inches at the top of the mountain. All lifts will run today except Chairs 7, 20, and 25. 143 runs are open, 68 of them have been groomed. Ski and ride with care. Obstacles will be marked and unmarked. It you ski or ride off open runs, do so with caution and always go with friends. 

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.


Heavenly is now on it's spring operations schedule. They have closed base facilities and shut down lifts for the season. They report sunny skies this morning and light winds. The base is reported at 30 inches. They will have 9 lifts running, and 40 runs are open. Mott Canyon and Killebrew Canyon are closed. Skiing and riding off the groomed runs should be done with great care as many unseen obstacles exist. Never go alone, always go with friends. ALL base facilities are open. 

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.


Sugar Bowl is also now on it's spring operating schedule. They report clear skies this morning. Winds are light. The temps are 38 at the lodge and 35 up top. The base is reported as 14 inches at the Lodge and 58 inches on top. Six lifts are running today, including the Lincoln and Disney Express lifts. 71 runs are open with 33 runs groomed with spring conditions. Be cautious when skiing and riding......there are marked and unmarked obstacles.

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. They installed a new chair lift this summer, the Crow's Peak Chair that will open up more terrain on the west side of the mountain.


Whistler Blackcomb has cloudy skies with snow falling this morning. Winds are light to moderate at the base and very gusty at times on the upper mountains. The base is 94 inches. All lifts but Fitzsimmons Express, Franz Chair, and the T - Bars on Whistler are running today. 198 runs are open with 82 runs groomed. 37 of those on Whistler and 45 on Blackcomb. The surfaces of the groomers is spring conditions. As always, use caution off the groomed runs. 

Whistler Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia, Canada, is a world class destination resort. It hosted the 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. 





Mt. Bachelor selling 2013 - 2014 Mt. Ashland season pass holders their 2014 Spring Season passes for just $49


Southern Oregon's home ski area. 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. This is a big reason they are working to make the novice runs off the Sonnet chair less of a challenge for those just learning to ski and ride. Mt. Ashland typically is open in early December and the season will run through April. There is night skiing too 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. 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. 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.

They intend to finish off several project begun last summer. Most noticeably adding more parking. Continued improvements will be made to the slopes themselves including widening and brush removal.. 

If you want to help them out with raising funds for these and other improvements, they would LOVE to talk to you. Click on the link below to get more information, or to get in touch with them.



Mt. Shasta Ski Park 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.



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.



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.



The summer season will be coming up. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers scenic Aerial Tram rides, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, hiking, etc. They also put on concerts throughout the summer both at the base of the mountain and in the nearby town of Jackson. Please visit their website for updates and events.

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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