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Mt. Ashland Ski Area parties without snow

Still far short of the snow needed to open, the Mt. Ashland Ski Area is holding a Pray for Snow Party on Saturday.

The event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature a barbecue with sales of hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, hot chocolate and coffee.

Everything in the ski area's retail shop, including goggles, sunglasses, helmets, gloves, hats, face masks, Mt. Ashland logo apparel and other accessories, will be 40 to 60 percent off.

The popular local bluegrass band Eight Dollar Mountain will play from 2 to 4 p.m.

Items will be raffled off, including a season pass for next winter, gift cards and lift tickets.

Saturday's Pray for Snow Party is replacing the ski area's 50th anniversary celebration, which had been planned for that day but has now been postponed.

The ski area received a coating of snow in early December, but not enough to open. That snow largely disappeared during weeks of dry weather since then.

New snow has fallen on the mountain this week, thanks to clouds that are bringing rain to the Rogue Valley floor. The mountain's website reported a snow base of zero to 2 inches this morning and several inches fell during the day.

For more information and updates on the Mt. Ashland Ski Area, visit www.mtashland.com or call the snow conditions phone at 541-482-2SKI.

— Vickie Aldous

Read more in Friday's paper.