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Mt. Ashland adds perks to season passes

Mail Tribune/file photo Chelsea Boeggeman of Medford cheers for Theodore Mecham, 5, as he makes his way down a slope at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area last season.
Prices higher for next season’s ski area passes

People who buy season passes to the Mt. Ashland Ski Area will be able to ski or snowboard for free or at discounted prices at a dozen partner resorts, the ski area announced this week.

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area added Hoodoo near Sisters in Central Oregon and Snow King Mountain in Jackson, Wyoming, to its list of partner resorts.

Hoodoo is offering four free visits to Mt. Ashland Ski Area season pass-holders, while the Wyoming resort is providing three free visits.

“Mt. Ashland already provides incredible value with prices that are well below the national average,” said Hiram Towle, general manager for the ski area. “We continue to add partner resorts, and have become a member of the Indy Pass network so that we can offer a season pass that can pay for itself by simply using the added benefits."

Close to home, the Mt. Shasta Ski Park in Northern California offers $25 lift tickets to Mt. Ashland Ski Area season pass holders.

The other partner ski resorts are Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort in Northeast Oregon, plus ski areas in Washington, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada and Alaska.

During the Mt. Ashland Ski Area spring season pass sale running through April 30, season passes are $50 for children up to age 6 and senior citizens 70 and older, $199 for kids ages 7-12, $349 for teens 13-19 and $399 for adults 20-69.

The nonprofit ski area has raised prices on season passes to cover rising costs — from higher wages to increased insurance premiums. During last year’s spring season pass sale, the adult pass cost $324.

For the recently concluded ski season, the ski area raised weekend and holiday ticket prices from $55 the previous season to $64.

Adults who plan to ski seven times or more at Mt. Ashland next season would save money with a season pass compared to buying daily tickets. However, season pass buyers face the possibility of a low-snow year with limited operating days.

Season passes are dependent on the weather, nonrefundable and can’t be rolled over from one season to the next. Refunds are possible with a $50 processing fee if a buyer moves out of the area or can’t ski because of illness, injury or pregnancy, according to the season pass rules.

The ski area offers sales on season passes during its spring pass sale in April and the fall pass sale in October, with the spring sale offering the best value, ski area managers said.

Season passes are available by visiting mtashland.com/season-passes/ or by stopping by the business office at 693 Washington St., in Ashland, or over by calling 541-482-2754.

This year, the Mt. Ashland Ski Area season ended March 27. The resort opened Dec. 18, 2021, and operated for 76 days.

The ski area had its sixth-best turnout ever with 93,000 skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes with tickets or passes, according to ski area data.

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