: Mt. Hood Meadows. Photo: Richard Hallman

Ski Oregon Conditions & Events

A frequently updated guide to what’s happening at Oregon’s ski areas.
April 4, 2020
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The Latest Updates

Ski areas across Oregon have suspended operations or have closed for the season due to COVID-19. Please see below for updates on Uphill Travel policy and potential re-opening dates. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Brown released an Executive Order “Stay Home, Save Lives” on March 23. This new policy orders Oregonians to stay in their homes whenever possible and includes stronger language around approved activities and business operations.

Please also note that the  Northwest Avalanche Center has discontinued operations in order to “reduce the risk for our staff, populations that border trailheads, and the backcountry community at large.” The NWAC plans to reassess all operations in early April.

Resorts Experiencing Temporary Closures:

  • Mt. Bachelor  As of March 15, 2020, full closure remains in effect including uphill travel. With this announcement, the resort is also canceling all winter / spring Mt. Bachelor events. The resort continues to evaluate operations in response to the rapidly changing environment and is updating the dedicated resort webpage. April 3 Update: Our plan is to reopen as soon as we can responsibly do so, while balancing your safety and that of our staff, while following regulatory guidelines with respect to social distancing. Based on the latest nationwide and statewide trends, it looks like May would be the earliest we could reopen the resort unless things change. From what we can see today, we will most likely have sufficient snowpack and we are doing whatever we can to preserve the snow to provide the best experience we can if we get the chance to reopen. Like you, we would love the opportunity to ski or ride again this season.
  • Timberline Ski Area Operations are suspended as of March 15 due to the COVID-19 situation. Timberline is fortunate to have the longest ski season in North America. As such, pass privileges will be added to the end of the winter/spring season. At this time, there are no details on when skiing and snowboarding can resume. Check the Coronavirus Updates page for answers to all your Timberline/COVID-19 related questions.

Resorts Closed For The Season:

  • Mt. Hood Meadows  Operations are suspended for the season due to the COVID-19 situation. No uphill transportation or public access on our permit area. For your own safety and in compliance with Executive Order 20-12, we are prohibiting uphill travel in our permit area. The first responder and health care resources of Hood River City and County are focused on the COVID-19 public health emergency and can not take on any additional search and rescue or recovery operations. Thank you for understanding.

 

  • Willamette Pass is closed for the season. There is no hiking, sledding, tubing or uphill traffic allowed within the Resort Boundary.
  • Mt. Hood Skibowl is closed for the season. Uphill Travel Suspended, March 25, 2020. Given the Governor’s recent Stay Home, Stay Alive Order, we have made the decision to suspend ALL uphill travel and trespassing of the Ski Area SUP Boundary. Given the Governor’s request and seriousness of the pandemic, we feel it’s in the best interest of our staff and community to Stay Home and Stay Alive. Effective immediately, all trespassing and uphill travel is prohibited on Mt. Hood Skibowl Property.
    Sledding is not permitted anywhere at the resort. For those who have purchased advanced tickets for future dates (i.e. tubing or ecommerce sales), will be refunded. Anyone who purchased a Spring Pass for the 2019-2020, it will be honored next spring in 2020-2021 and we’ll be offering a special price to upgrade to an Unlimited Pass. If you purchased a 2019-2020 Spring Pass and not yet picked it up, you will be given the choice of a refund or validate it for 2020-2021. Please check the dedicated Coronavirus page and social media channels for continued updates.
  • Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is now closed for the season. ALMR will continue to plow and sand the 73 Road to the ski area, as well as periodically groom the Nordic trails, so that you can get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and stay active and healthy during these times. Trail use is free of charge. All other ski area facilities and amenities will be closed.

 

  • Mt. Ashland  The resort is now closed for the season. You are welcome to head up and enjoy all of the snow on the ground–and that continues to fall. Our webcams will continue to give you live-streaming access for a sense of current conditions. The Weather Service forecast will also give you a good idea about what to expect up here these days. Tag us with your photos so we can share them on our social media. The resort will offer current pass holders a special $299 season pass price until March 31st. On April 1st,  passes will be on sale for $324 adult passes for the 2020-2021 season which reflects no price increase over last year. All remaining vouchers and other ticket products dated to expire this season will be honored next season. 
  • Cooper Spur Mountain Resort  is closed for the season. Follow the Cooper Spur website for updates and to see the new resort webcam.

 

 

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Ski and Snowboard Safety

Skiers and snowboarders should always follow the Skier’s Responsibility Code, which exists to raise awareness that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce:

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Similarly, those skiing in steep and ungroomed terrain should be familiar with Deep Snow Safety and become informed on traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain. Find more tips on skiing and snowboarding safety here. Avalanche forecasts are available through the Northwest Avalanche Center (Mt. Hood), Central Oregon Avalanche Center, and Wallowa Avalanche Center in Eastern Oregon.

About The
Author

Annie Fast
Annie Fast is a lifelong snowboarder and traveler. She was the editor of TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine and prior to that worked at the summer snowboard camps on Mt. Hood. Annie writes about outdoor adventures from her home in Bend.

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