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Ski area looks to sell season passes

ASHLAND, — Mt. Ashland Ski Area is kicking off its spring pass sale with a giveaway Sunday on the mountain.

The ski area will host an Easter egg hunt on the slopes, and a special golden egg hidden on one of the trails will contain a 2018-19 season pass, and another egg will contain a $100 gift card to the Mountain, according to a press release.

Other eggs containing candy will also be hidden along the ski trails and in the terrain parks. The event will mark the start of a discounted season pass sale that will run from April 1 to April 30.

The sale offers savings of up to $200 compared to the in-season pricing of $499, said General Manager Hiram Towle.

“We have kept our pass pricing the same for many years now. As a community-focused nonprofit ski area, we are proud to be able to offer a tremendous value for our guests. The average ticket price across the United States is $116. So you can see that a $299 season pass is a great deal, even when we have a short season.”

If purchased at the Mt. Ashland offices at 693 Washington St., in Ashland, financing is available, splitting the cost into five payments of $59.80. The offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday during the sale. Passes can also be purchased online at www.mtashland.com.

Early in the season, ski area personnel moved snow from the parking lot and placed it on the mountain in order for people to be able to ski. When snow finally came late in the season, it brought more than 13 feet. An average of 867 skiers and riders per day have visited the ski area, and weekend visits have reached as high as 2,000, the release said.

“The March skiing has been phenomenal,” Towle said. “Folks cannot believe just how much snow is out there, and how good the conditions are. Believe it or not, winter is still in full swing up here on the mountain. This season will finish with a lot of happy people.”

Mt. Ashland plans to be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April. The area normally closes the first or second week in April.