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Oregon Ski Areas Hungry For Snow

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In preparation for heavy snow on the East Coast, airlines have canceled flights and officials have declared states of emergency. At the same time, Oregon ski resorts are facing a winter with little snow.

Willamette Pass resort’s homepage says simply: “Keep praying for snow.” Both it and Hoodoo opened for a handful of days early this season, but have been closed since. Still, there are some bright spots in Oregon:

:Berg: “We’re so lucky to have Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline where they have three, four, five feet of snow. It really makes a difference.”

That’s Dave Berg, owner of Berg’s ski and snowboard shop in Eugene.

Berg: “But to have the local areas without any snow makes a lot of difference to the newer skiers who don’t want to travel over to Bend or up to Mt. Hood.”

Berg says they’ve had a drop in rentals, but have expanded their bus service to the open ski areas. The 10-day forecast is for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

Karen Richards has been a KLCC reporter since the fall of 2012.
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