Ashland, Calif. (KIEM)– Mt. Ashland Ski Area in Jackson County, Oregon has been impacted by both COVID-19 and the wildfires.
Since 1992 they have operated as a non-profit by the Mt. Ashland Association.
They had to end last season early due to COVID -19 and put off major capital projects. With the help of a P-P-E loan they were able to maintain some staff to do maintenance in the off season.
Most recently this small community has been hit by the wildfires that raged through the Rogue Valley. With all of this having happened, they are still looking forward to an exciting winter season.
Mt. Ashland Ski Area’s operating plan for the upcoming ski season was developed in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority and Jackson County Health Department.
A limited number of daily lift tickets will be available so book on-line before you head up to the mountain. Facial coverings will be mandatory while in any building, lift lines, loading, riding and unloading lifts. They are asking guests that your vehicle be considered your ski lodge this season.
Hiram Towle, general manager says, “Mt. Ashland and the board of directors have always been committed to getting people skiing and riding as much as we can.” He goes on to say, “It’s always been our commitment, we are known for that and so we just ask people to come along for the ride with us carefully.”
Towle says a lot of the buildings that burnt down during the fires were low income housing and with employing one hundred and thirty people during the season he is concerned about the long term effects for his community.