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Mt. Ashland closed by power problems, blizzard conditions

Local report

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area will remain closed today, as high winds and heavy snow continue to interfere with the ski area's power supply.

The ski area is operating under limited power as a result of high winds and snow loading on trees that are leaning on the power lines. Pacific Power crews worked Sunday to repair a damaged pole that forced a shutdown Sunday, but have been unable to locate the additional places along the power lines where problems remain. One area of the line will require a helicopter due to its remote location, so today’s weather will hamper those efforts, according to a release from Hiram Towle, Mt. Ashland's general manager.

In addition, the ski area is experiencing white-out conditions, with winds gusting to 60 mph at the ski area base lodge and over 90 mph on the summit. Crews have been unable to safely groom the slopes as a result of the hazardous conditions.

Weather forecasts call for at least a foot of additional snow through this current storm. For more information, see the ski area's website, www.mtashland.com or call the snow phone at 541-482-2754.

Mt. Ashland plans to re-open at 9 a.m. Tuesday if power is restored.