Finally, the ski season is upon us.
Mt. Hood Meadows has announced that it will start loading the chairlifts on Sunday, giving powder hungry skiers and snowboarders their first doses of fresh snow this season.
The resort will operate its Daisy, Easy Rider and Buttercup chairlifts, as well as its Ballroom Carpet, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ski lifts provide access to beginners and intermediates.
âMeadows has harvested snow to build ski lift ramps in the base area and plans to open more lifts over the next few days,â the resort said in a press release on Saturday. âSunday customers may notice that the Mt. Hood Express elevator is spinning – but it is closed to the public. It is used to transport the team members for the preparation of the ski lifts and the terrain for a possible opening, from Monday. “
The opening comes as a storm pummels the Cascades with feet of snow. Meadows reported 23 inches of snow at its base and 27 inches higher up the mountain.
Timberline Ski Area reports a base depth of 26 inches at its famous lodge. The Mt. Hood Skibowl website said on Saturday morning the resort received 21 inches of snow in the past 48 hours.
Neither Timberline nor Skibowl have announced opening dates for skiing and snowboarding.
The Mt. Bachelor in central Oregon announced an opening Monday.
Find out what to expect in the mountains this winter in our ski season snapshot.