Mount Ashland ski area managers plan to hire more than 100 workers for the upcoming ski season amid hopes that cold, wet weather pattern will bring plentiful early snow to the mountain.

Mount Ashland ski area managers plan to hire more than 100 workers for the upcoming ski season amid hopes that cold, wet weather pattern will bring plentiful early snow to the mountain.

Ski area managers are planning a Mount Ashland job fair from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the commons area of the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

Managers hope to hire 45 ski school teachers, 40 lift operators and more than 30 employees to work as bartenders and cocktail servers, bistro workers, cashiers, cooks, lodge and retail workers, rental equipment workers, snow groomer operators, parking lot attendants, ski patrollers and terrain park workers. The job fair is for potential new employees, not returning employees.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is predicting an abrupt transition to very stormy weather in November, with abundant mountain snowfall persisting at least into spring.

The ski area received 5 inches of snow in the past week.

"The weather forecast looks very hopeful for a Thanksgiving opening," said General Manager Kim Clark.

The ski area opened on Dec. 17 last year, slightly later than the average opening day of Dec. 13, he said.

Job applicants are encouraged to visit Mount Ashland's Web site to fill out a job application in advance of the job fair. For more information, visit www.mtashland.com/employment.asp or call 541-482-2897.

— Ashland Daily Tidings