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Skiing in Southern Oregon | 541 Live

Published Tuesday, December 15, 2009 4:00 am
by Amisa

Did you happen to hear the good news? Mt Ashland is set for opening day this Thursday – December 17, 2009! Click here for the latest opening day info, snow report and live web cam with real time mountain conditions.

You know the saying… If you can ski Mt Ashland you can ski anywhere. Southern Oregon skiers are so lucky to have world class (yep, I like our mountain that much) skiing in our backyard. But can you guess how many locals don’t take advantage of it? Too many to mention here… it breaks my heart!

Here are a few helpful hints to get you on your way up the mountain:

Driving to Mt Ashland? You’ll need a 4-wheel drive or chains. Find directions here.  If you aren’t up for the drive, Ashland Mountain Adventures runs a shuttle up the mountain (up to 5 shuttles/day) Save your gas and nerves … jump in the van.

Tickets: Mt Ashland is affordable and has a very flexible schedule for the budget skier. A full day, all mountain, adult weekend lift ticket is $43… buy a twilight ticket (3-9) and your ticket is $23 or ski on a weekday for $36. All tickets come with a money back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied after skiing Mt Ashland for 45 minutes, you get a full-refund voucher to use another day.

Need Gear? Best to be prepared and gear up before you head up the mountain. A few of our favorites are Rogue Ski Shop in Medford. They have a huge selection of all the top brands, specializing in downhill skiing and snowboarding… they ski the same runs you do, they get it and understand what you need.  The Ashland Outdoor Store specializes in backcountry skiing and snowshoeing gear. They have a small gear selection, but only carry products they love. They also carry my favorite ski socks along with hats and layers for all outdoor activities.  There’s a new ski shop in town, Shasta Base Camp just opened a new store on the south side of town (on Siskiyou, south of SOU) and carries everything you need for an outdoor mountain adventure. Their rental equipment is well priced at $20/day for a full ski adult package (that’s $5 less than renting on the mountain!)

Food: You will need some! You can always pack your meals and snacks and enjoy in the lodge. If you would like to buy instead, the lodge has a few choices: The Mountain Café is on the first floor and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks (hot & cold) and treats. The Balcony Bistro is on the 2nd floor and open for breakfast and lunch serving sandwiches, soups, pizza, drinks and coffee. The T-Bar Lounge serves regional micro-brews, wine and cocktails. No matter the food choice, the lodge is the perfect place to warm up (fire place that fits many to boot!) after a day on the slopes.

With 4 lifts, 23 runs, 200 skiable acres, and the legendary summit bowl – it’s worth every minute and penny!

If you *must* try a new place to ski, Mt Shasta is 70 miles south and Willamette Pass is 80 miles north. But give Mt Ashland a try before you travel… you won’t be sorry.

Source: 541 Live