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CONDITIONS FOR FRIDAY MARCH 7TH AT 10:00 AM
MT. BACHELOR CURRENT CONDITIONS:
SUMMIT CHAIR CLOSED TODAY
POWDER ALERT!! 6 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Mt. Bachelor reports high overcast this morning with light winds. Temps are 27 at West Village and 24 at mid mountain. The base is 112 inches at West Village, and 151 inches at mid mountain. Eight lifts are scheduled to be running today. The Summit will be closed for storm recovery work. The groomers got out last night and hit the runs on the lower part of the mountain. The surface of the groomed runs is packed powder. If you go off the groomed runs, they report the wind really blew the snow around so there will be pockets of very deep powder in the trees today. There are many obstacles that can, and cannot be seen. As always, ski and ride with care, and go with friends if you go off groomed runs. The Nordic Center is in full operation with over 50 kilometers of trails groomed and set.
Carrousel Chair is free to ride again this season when it runs, which is usually Thursdays through Sundays, and holidays. All you need to do to get the free ticket for Carrousel is go to Sunrise Lodge. Carrousel is a short chair serving novice to beginner terrain located in front of Sunrise Lodge.
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. They will also run the Sunrise Express chair to access the Summit Chair for sightseeing and for access to hiking and biking trails.
TIMBERLINE RESORT CURRENT CONDITIONS:
NIGHT SKIING AT TIMBERLINE TONIGHT
POWDER ALERT!! 13 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Timberline reports cloudy skies, light snow, and light winds. The temp at the lodge is 28. The base is 132 inches. Five chairs will be running today. Magic Mile, and the Palmer Chair are closed. Four Terrain Parks will be open today. Variable conditions exist off the groomers - watch out for unmarked obstacles. Please ski and ride with care.
The Bruno, Pucci, and Molly's Chairs will run for night skiing tonight, and the Thunder Terrain Park will be open. The highway to the mountain reports snow covered roads. Chains are required for all vehicles. Passenger vehicles can use snow tires / studs. Please 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 chairlifts running.
HOODOO SKI RESORT
HOODOO IS OFFERING FREE SKIING TO ALL MT. ASHLAND PASS HOLDERS WHILE MT. ASHLAND IS CLOSED
Hoodoo reports cloudy skies with light winds. The temp is 34 at the lodge. They did get three inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. The base is 60 inches. Ed's chair is running today. 13 runs are open with 6 of them groomed. The runs are in very good shape, especially the groomers. Be careful skiing off the runs as unmarked obstacles do exist. Highway 20 is reporting slush on the road. Use caution driving up.
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.
WILLAMETTE PASS INFORMATION:
WILLAMETTE PASS IS OPEN WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS
Willamette Pass has clear skies this morning. The temp at the Lodge is 30 degrees. The base is 24 inches at the Lodge and 68 on Peak 2. Five chairs are running today. All runs are open. Watch for unmarked obstacles especially on the lower part of the mountain. The Nordic Center is open with 10 kilometers of trails groomed and set. Highway 58 has spots of ice. Carry chains and drive carefully.
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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MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN CURRENT CONDITIONS:
Mammoth Mountain has clear skies and light winds. The temp is 28. The base is 55 inches at Main Lodge and 85 inches at the top of the mountain. ALL lifts, are scheduled to run today except Chair 20. 163 runs are open, 85 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 SKI AREA CURRENT CONDITIONS:
Heavenly reports clear skies and light winds. The base is reported at 52 inches. They will have 20 lifts running, and 83 runs are open. Mott Canyon is open for advanced to expert level skiers and riders. 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 SKI RESORT INFORMATION:
Sugar Bowl reports mostly sunny skies this morning with light winds. The temps are 25 at the lodge and 31 up top. They did get 1 - 2 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. The base is 36 inches at the Lodge and 80 inches on top. Ten lifts are running today, including the new Crow's Peak Chair. 86 runs are open with 56 runs groomed. Early season conditions exist, and there are many marked and unmarked obstacles so ski and ride with care.
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.
JACKSON HOLE CURRENT CONDITIONS:
POWDER ALERT!! 6 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Jackson Hole has snow coming down with light winds this morning. The temp is 33 at the base and 19 on top. The base is 115 inches at mid mountain with 136 inches on top. All 12 lifts are running today. All 116 runs are open with 49 of them groomed. Skiing and riding off the groomed runs should be done with great care. The conditions still favor the development of avalanches with wind loading on the slopes in the backcountry being a big hazard. An avalanche claimed the life of a snowboarder in the back country recently. This is a reminder to always use extreme caution when you are skiing or riding in the remote areas of any ski resort. Always go with a group and have an avalanche locator beacon with you.
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.
WHISTLER BLACKCOMB, BRITISH COLUMBIA CURRENT CONDITIONS
Whistler Blackcomb is reporting cloudy skies and light winds. They report 2 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, and the base is 92 inches. All lifts are running on Blackcomb Mountain. Franz Chair, and the T Bars are closed on Whistler today. 200 runs are open with 119 runs groomed. 58 of those on Whistler and 61 on Blackcomb. The surfaces of the groomers is new over packed powder. As always, use caution off the groomed runs.
Whistler Blackcomb completed construction of two new chair lifts this summer, one for each mountain. I was telling you these were coming at the end of last season, and now they are in. Here is where they are located.
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. ASHLAND INFORMATION:
CLOSED AT THIS TIME. THEY WILL OPEN AS SOON AS THEY HAVE ENOUGH SNOW.
HOODOO IS OFFERING FREE SKIING TO ALL MT. ASHLAND PASS HOLDERS WHILE MT. ASHLAND IS CLOSED
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 are finishing off their summer projects which will brought a number of improvements including more parking, and improvements to the runs. This included easing the gradient of the runs off Sonnet to make them easier for novice skiers to handle. They also widened runs.
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MT. SHASTA SKI PARK INFORMATION:
CLOSED AWAITING SNOW
The Mt. Shasta Ski Park did open some elements of their operation the 26th through the 29th of December, but they are closed again and will be until enough snow falls to get them running.
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.