Power outage closes Mt. Ashland Ski Area

A downed power line knocked out power to the Mt. Ashland Ski Area Monday morning, forcing the ski area to close for the day.

A fallen tree in the 3300 block of Old Highway 99 South caused the outage at 8:22 a.m., according to Pacific Power spokesman Monte Mendenhall.

Mendenhall said the outage originally affected 302 Pacific Power customers, but the number had been reduced to 198 customers by 9:40 a.m.

"We had a tree that went through the line," said Mendenhall. "We were able to isolate the outage and restore service to about 100 customers right away."

Crews expected power to remain out for at least six hours after locating the down line, according to a posting on the Mt. Ashland website.

Callahan's Mountain Lodge had about 300 people visiting the lodge Monday morning and was operating with a few lights, candles and gas appliances in the kitchen, owner Donna Bergquist said.

A Pacific Power crew initially estimated the power would return at 11:30 a.m., but the estimate was later changed to 2:30 p.m., according to Bergquist.

Power was restored to all customers by 2:36 p.m., Mendenhall said.

Mt. Ashland is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but is scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, according to its website.

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