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'Day Onesie' arriving early at Mt. Ashland

Owing to healthy snowfall, Mt. Ashland Ski Area will open ahead of schedule.

The nonprofit ski area will kick off its 2019-2020 season at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, according to the ski area’s website — nearly a week ahead of the previously predicted opening for next weekend.

As part of Sunday's “Day Onesie” event, the ski area will offer discounted $25 tickets to skiers wearing one-piece snowsuits, according to a release issued Saturday evening by Mt. Ashland general manager Hiram Towle. In order to qualify for the discount, participants must be at the lodge by 8 a.m. for a group photo.

The first day of the season will be limited to the Sonnet lift for beginner and intermediate skiers and only the lower portion of the Windsor lift for expert skiers, according to the release and Mt. Ashland's website. All skiers and snowboarders should be prepared for early season conditions and “natural obstacles” on the slopes.

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Mt. Ashland had gained two inches at the top of the mountain and was at 43 inches for the season. The base of the mountain was at 24 inches.

The top of the mountain will be closed on opening day because of "wind effects on the upper mountain," according to the release.

Starting Sunday, the ski area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays with extra days planned during the winter break. For the latest conditions see mtashland.com/mountain-report/.

Mail Tribune file photo from the 2018 season's "Day Onesie" event. Mt. Ashland kicks off its new season at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.