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Storm brings fresh snow to Mt. Ashland

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune The slopes of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area reflect in the goggles of Medford resident Lonna Jorgensen Thursday.
Forecast calls for good weekend weather

Mt. Ashland Ski Area workers and visitors were in a celebratory mood after recent storms brought a fresh coat of snow to the mountain.

“We’ve got a good powdery base going on out there. Everything’s staying nice and soft because we’ve had the cold temperatures,” Mt. Ashland Ski Area General Manager Hiram Towle said in a Thursday video post on social media.

He said the lower mountain got about eight inches of new snow and about nine inches fell mid-mountain.

On Thursday, the lower mountain had a base of 40 inches of snow, the mid-mountain had 32 inches and the summit had 36 inches. The ski access road surface had snow, but was plowed and sanded.

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Chelsea Boeggeman of Medford cheers for Theodore Mecham, 5, as he makes his way down the slopes at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area Thursday.

The National Weather Service predicts mostly sunny skies Friday with a high near 34 degrees and winds of 5-9 mph.

On Saturday and Sunday, the ski area is hosting the Keiser Cup with slalom and giant slalom races. The Winter ski run between the Arial and Windsor chairlifts will be closed off to the public during the races, but other runs remain open.

The weather should be mostly sunny Saturday, with a high near 39 and 8-11 mph winds. There’s a 40% chance of snow after 10 p.m., with snow accumulation of less than half an inch. Expect gusty winds at night, the National Weather Service said.

The forecast calls for a 50% chance of snow Sunday, mainly before 10 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 36 degrees. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible. A 30% chance of snow returns Sunday night, mainly after 10 p.m.

A chance of snow, and possibly rain, continue Monday, with high temperatures around 41 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

Masks are required inside ski area buildings except when people are actively eating and drinking.

The ski and snowboarding resort is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The ski area projects its last day for the season will be Sunday, April 17, subject to weather conditions.

For more information, see mtashland.com.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.