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Recent Oregon storms mean Mt. Hood Skibowl can finally open

After an unusually lean early-season for snowfall in the Pacific Northwest, recent storms prompted Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon to announce Wednesday that the resort will open for the first time of the season during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. According to Wednesday’s resort conditions report, a snow base of 14-23 inches will allow the Multorpor Chair to open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The other chairlifts are expected to remain closed. Lift tickets will be discounted to $35 per day.

Mt. Hood Skibowl plans to open for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday.
Mt. Hood Skibowl plans to open for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday.Mt. Hood Skibowl

The recent snow amounted to more than 14 new inches in a two-day period. The National Weather Service forecast on Wednesday called for mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures through the weekend.

Among Oregon ski areas, Mt. Bachelor, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, and Mt. Hood Meadows were able to open at least partially much earlier in the season. With a base at 3,600 feet, Mt. Hood Skibowl has a lower elevation than those other resorts.