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Mt. Ashland Big Mountain Bash and Dummy Downhill this weekend

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area is prepared for a fun-filled weekend of events up at the mountain.

“From the Big Mountain Bash on Saturday to the Dummy Downhill on Sunday, we invite snow-lovers from near and far to join us for these classic events,” says General Manager Hiram Towle. “We offer these March events as a big thank-you to Mt. Ashland’s community. They are a chance for us to get together, celebrate the snow, and enjoy time together. With snow in the forecast through Saturday, it’s shaping up to be a really fun weekend on the mountain.”

The weekend will kick off with the annual Big Mountain Bash for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday. The Frankie Hernandez Band will play slope-side tunes, while skiers and snowboarders swing through for corned beef and cabbage and spend time at in the beer garden with friends. Pots of coins will be hidden along the slopes, and prizes granted to those that find all six pots of gold and redeem their coins at the Granite Cove Retail Shop.

The annual Dummy Downhill Competition is set for Sunday. Participants build a dummy on skis (or atop a snowboard) that gets launched off a big jump just downhill from the lodge to the delight of spectators.

The top dummy’s representative will go home with a Mt. Ashland Season Pass good for next season. Those interested in participating can check out the rules and specifications for building their dummy at mtashland.com/events.

“We’re calling this month ‘Miracle March’ in honor of the snow that showed up and made it possible for us to be 100 percent open,” says Towle. The forecast for Mt. Ashland is snow through Saturday, with mild winds over the weekend.