Heavy rain is falling in the Willamette Valley, and that means snow in the Cascades. That’s good news for skiers and snow boarders. Mount Bachelor opens Monday, with other resorts following soon.
Mount Bachelor will open one lift and the terrain park Monday. Resort spokesman Drew Jackson is optimistic this weekend’s forecasted snow will allow them to open more for the holiday:
Jackson: “Things are looking good for Thanksgiving weekend. We hope to have at least three lifts open, at least five kilometers in the Nordic Center.”
There wasn’t enough snow for Willamette Pass’s projected November 19th opening. Director of Guest Services Ashley Phelps hopes new snow will allow a Thanksgiving weekend opening:
Phelps: “It’s starting to look better than it did last season, so I’m crossing my fingers, burning skis, doing snow dances to keep it coming.”
The burning ski ritual refers to the Norse God Ullr. Some people burn old skis to summon snow. For up-to-date information on ski conditions, visit the resorts’ websites.