Fresh, Heavy Snow A Welcome Sign For Cascade Business

Nov 28, 2016

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

Snow-covered sign for Odell Lake Lodge & Resort.
Credit Jon Ditgen

 

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.

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

“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.