Ski the PDXterior: Oregon snow, from A-Lakes to Mount A

Ski the PDXterior: Oregon snow, from A-Lakes to Mount A
The lodge and mountain at Willamette Pass on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Photo by Bill Goetz KVAL News

EUGENE, Ore. - If we ski it, will it snow?

Beginners and experts alike should be aware: Willamette Pass opens on a limited basis Saturday and Sunday.

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They plan to run the Peak 2 lift to access snow on higher elevation terrain.

"There will be very limited grooming, the website cautioned. "Runs have minimum coverage. There are exposed objects in many of the open runs that you will need to ski around and avoid."

In those conditions, you will want to be sure you know what you are doing to avoid injuring yourself or damaging the equipment.

The Sleepy Hallow lift will also run. New skiers and snowboarders - or folks returning to the sport - might consider looking into lesson/rental packages.

Because it's got to snow again sooner than later.

"We have a trace of new snow today," Ski Anthony Lakes in northeastern Oregon reports. The area has the highest base elevation - 7,100 feet - of any ski area in Oregon.

"In Bert Vanderwall's own words 'every little bit of snow that falls improves the skiing drastically.' All runs but one are now groomed and the full mountain is open. We also now have four features in Anthony Parks. Nordic is doing great with more groomed trails as well."

With 34 inches of powder and packed powder, the Rock Garden run under the lift at Anthony Lakes ought to still show how it got that name.

Willamette Pass reports 28 inches at Peak 2 and 14 at the lodge. The area is offering a $10 discount on tickets.

Mount Ashland reports 14 to 25 inch base - and a temporary closure.

Hoodoo continues to run on a full schedule on 20.8 inches, offering night skiing on Friday and Saturday.

"Tickets are currently just $30 for adults, $20 (juniors and senior citizens), as only three lifts are running," the website said Friday.

And Mount Bachelor reports 2 inches in the last 24 hours, bringing the mid-mountain depth to 48 inches.

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