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Mt. Ashland plans to open Dec. 14

Get those skis and snowboards ready.

Mt. Ashland Ski Area expects to be open for business Saturday, Dec. 14, thanks to recent stormy weather and more that’s en route.

A measurement taken at 9 a.m. Monday on the nonprofit ski area’s lower mountain indicated a depth of 30 inches, according to Mt. Ashland’s online snow report, at mtashland.com/mountain-report. Mid-mountain and summit measurements were not available, and mountain officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The measurement follows the Nov. 26-27 “bomb cyclone” that blew through the region, and a second storm that hit Nov. 30.

More snow is forecast for the mountain Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Most of the snow is expected at elevations of 5,500 feet and above, markedly higher than the past two storms, with anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of new snow predicted to fall on Mount Ashland, meteorologist Marc Spilde said.

“We’re not expecting low-elevation snow like we were with the last ones,” Spilde said. “It’s kind of like the warmest of the last several.”

Strong winds are expected, with 35 mph sustained winds and gusts of more than 50 mph.

“There will probably be some wind gusts close to 60 (at the top),” Spilde said. “Maybe even more than that.”

Ski area officials will hold a Snow Stomp Party from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Mt. Ashland ski lodge to usher in the new season, according to a news release. Food, live music by the Brothers Reed and raffle prizes will be available. There will also be sledding, games and youth activities.

The mountain closed out last season in April, registering the best attendance in a decade, with 98,677 visitors between Dec. 5, 2018, and final day of April 20. New snow fences and wooden ramps that allowed the ski area to operate with less snow meant it could open a bit earlier.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

(File photo) Skiers at Mt. Ashland take a lift ride to the top. The ski area recently announced a Dec. 14 opening for the 2019-2020 season.{ }