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Fresh, Heavy Snow A Welcome Sign For Cascade Business

Jon Ditgen

The first major snowstorm of the holiday season is a gift to businesses across the Oregon Cascades.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 


With up to 20 inches of snow recorded in many parts of the range, ski resorts, tourist shops, and other recreational and lodging businesses have opened with high hopes.

John McDevitt is the general manager of the Odell Lake Lodge.  He’s hired in ten winter staffers and is looking forward to more snow come December.

Credit Jon Ditgen
Odell Lake Resort after this weekend's snowstorm.

“At this moment in time, we have 10 inches on the ground..." he says. "...which we’re all ready to get our snowshoe rentals going, our cross-country skiing rentals going, also snowmobiles now.  We’re also going to have some sleigh rides, so we’re good to go here for all our winter activities.” 

McDevitt adds that the winter season makes up more than a third of his annual revenues.

Elsewhere, Mount Bachelor has its first ski lift going, while Mount Hood has opened four lifts.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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