skiing

Ski resorts
5:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce

Notice the brown hills around Sun Valley in this panorama snapped on Dec. 29, 2013. Snowmaking allowed the famous resort to operate during the crucial holiday period.
Credit Tom Banse

There will be end-of-season parties at at least nine Northwest ski resorts this weekend (4/12-13). But some other Cascade ski areas will welcome skiers and snowboarders well past Easter. That's thanks to late-season snow that fell at many area resorts. Timing means everything for the bottom line of these resort companies. Correspondent Tom Banse explains how a strong finish doesn't necessarily make up for a late start like we saw this season.

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Weather
3:20 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Winter Storm Good News For Oregon Ski Resorts.

Credit traveloregon.com

The arrival of this week's winter storm may be difficult for businesses, but it's a boost for Oregon ski resorts.

It's been hard for Hoodoo Manager Mathew McFarland to trust the weather forecasts this year.

McFarland: "They've been saying we'll get, you know, three feet of snow; we get zero. They say expect no snow accumulation, and we get a foot or two. So, it's hard to say."

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Ski resorts
6:34 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Ski Industry Praying For Snow After Record Dry Year

Mt Bachelor is one of the few northwest ski resorts that has opened for the season so far.
Credit Mt Bachelor Ski Resort

2013 was a record dry year in Eugene and Medford [Oregon]. Many areas around the region have gotten half of their average snowfall or less. That’s got Northwest ski resorts, many of which haven’t even opened yet, nervously waiting for snow. So are thousands of workers and retailers who depend on the ski season. And, there’s little relief in sight.

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Skiing/Snowboarding
8:34 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Snow Good News For Ski Resorts

Credit HooDoo Resort

Winter conditions may mean bad news for businesses and drivers, but its good news for Oregon ski resorts. A lack of precipitation has kept some resorts reluctant to announce an opening date. Mt. Bachelor near Bend is open with 3 lifts operational, although people are encouraged to stay on groomed runs due to early season conditions. Snow is falling at HooDoo as well. Office and ticket manager Daidre Streeter says they need about 25 more inches to open.

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