I am going to change the order. The areas that are closest to Medford, Oregon and are open will lead off the information. That means Mt. Bachelor is first.
I will also bump up Timberline to second. Look for information on Mt. Ashland, and Mt. Shasta below them until those mountains re open. I will be updating their situations.
CONDITIONS FOR JANUARY 29TH
SUMMIT CHAIR AND NORTHWEST EXPRESS OPEN TODAY
Mt. Bachelor reports clear skies today. Winds are light. The temp is 33 at West Village and 34 at mid mountain. The base is 43 inches at West Village and 73 inches at mid mountain. Eight lifts are running today. That includes the Summit Chair and Northwest Express. Carrousel is running today. That means FREE skiing and riding on Carrousel. Head to Sunrise Lodge to get your ticket. The groomers did get out last night and hit most of the runs on the lower half of the mountain, along with Bev Hills, and Healey Heights on the Summit. The surface is machine power tilled. Off the groomed runs conditions vary greatly. If you do go off groomed runs, use caution and never go alone. The Nordic Center is open with all 50 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. 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:
Timberline has high overcast skies. Winds are light. The temp at the lodge is 37 degrees. They report the base is 41 inches at the lodge, with more out on the mountain. They have five lifts scheduled to run today. The Bruno, and Pucci chairs are open from 9 am to 4 pm. The Stormin' Norman Chair will run from 9 am until 3:30. The Magic Mile Chair will run from 9 am to 3 pm. The Palmer Chair is going to run from 9 to 2:30 today. Molly's and the Jeff Flood Express are closed. The Jeff Flood Express is closed due to lack of snow on the runs off that lift. Five Terrain parks are open. They have groomed many of the runs off the open lifts, but use caution as there are many marked and unmarked obstacles in the runs out there. The highway to the ski area has bare pavement. Drive up with caution.
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 chair lifts running.
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MT. ASHLAND INFORMATION:
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CLOSED UNTIL MORE SNOW FALLS
Mt. Ashland will be closed until they receive more snowfall and colder temps. There just is not a lot of good news in short term or long term forecasts. So, the mountain will remain closed until more snow arrives. I do expect we are going to see it happen.
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:
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CLOSED UNTIL MORE SNOW FALLS
Mt. Shasta Ski Park is also closed until they get more snow. This closure is going be an extended one unless a miracle happens.
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.
HOODOO SKI RESORT INFORMATION:
CLOSED UNTIL MORE SNOW FALLS
Hoodoo is closed because of a lack of snow. February is expected to be snowy. The season is not over, just taking a break.
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.
SUGAR BOWL SKI RESORT INFORMATION:
Sugar Bowl has clear skies this morning. Winds are light. The temp is 29 degrees at the base, and 27 up top this morning. The snowpack is reported at 14 inches at the lodge, and 48 inches up top. Due to the low snow pack conditions, just four lifts will be operating. Christmas Tree Express, Lincoln Express, Nob Hill Chair, and the Disney Express. The access gondola is running. 60 runs are open, with 31 groomed with packed powder surfaces. When going off groomed runs use caution. 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 reports clear skies with light winds. They are reporting a base of 32 inches, which is almost all man made snow at this point. 18 lifts are running today, including the Gondola, beginning at 9:00 am. Stagecoach Lodge and Stagecoach Express are open providing yet another access point for intermediate and above level skiers and riders, along with the Gondola, and the California Main Lodge. 27 runs are open and groomed with machine power tilled surfaces. Because of the low snow pack, you are advised to stay on groomed open runs only. 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
Whistler has overcast skies this morning. Winds are light. The base is 48 inches. They plan to be running all lifts today except the T - Bars, and Franz Chair on Whistler Mountain. They report that 38 runs have been groomed, and 98 are open on Whistler Mountain. 37 were groomed on Blackcomb, with 98 open. The groomed runs have machine packed and tilled surfaces. With the current conditions, you are advised to use caution when going off groomed runs.
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.
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN INFORMATION:
Mammoth Mountain has mostly cloudy skies this morning with occasional light snow at times. Winds are light. Their snow making system ran last night and is running this morning to get runs freshened up. The temp is 25 at the Main Lodge. The base is 20 - 40 inches. They will have 18 lifts running today. 104 runs are open and 40 of them have been groomed with machine power tilled surfaces. Due to the conditions, you are advised to use caution when going off groomed runs. ALL lodge complexes are 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:
Jackson Hole reports clear skies this morning. Winds are light. The temp at the base is 17 degrees, and it is 14 at the top of the mountain. They are reporting 2 - 3 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. The base is 68 inches at mid mountain, and 77 inches up top. They will be running all 12 lifts today. 132 runs are open with 49 of them groomed. The surface is packed powder. Use caution on the ungroomed open runs, and anytime you are off established runs. Be aware of unmarked obstacles out there.
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.
WILLAMETTE PASS INFORMATION:
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.