Storms blowing into the Oregon Cascade Mountains deposited enough snow for Willamette Pass Resort to open for the season. The resort has brought back its Five-Day Super Pass, so frequent skiers and snowboarders looking for a ticket deal can save a few dollars.

The resort launched the winter ski season Nov. 26. The front side of the mountain opened as well as 10 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails. But new snow continued to fall allowing the resort to bump the whole mountain open a few days later.

"The snow is fabulous. It came in all at once about a week ago," owner Tim Wiper told OnTheSnow. "It's been a really good start for us."

The ski area is now on its regular operating schedule Thursdays through Sundays. It goes to seven days per week operation for holidays.

Frequent visitors to Willamette Pass can purchase the Five-Day Super Pass, to lesson the cost of lift tickets. The nontransferable passes cost $169 for adults and $99 for all others, which works out to paying for less than four lift tickets, but getting five. "Some people even use up the first five days and come in to reload," Wiper described the popularity of pass. The passes are available for purchase all season long.

The pass is valid any day, during night skiing operations, and all season. One ticket from it can be used to cover day and night skiing, which runs until 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, mid-December through March.

The passes are direct-to-lift, allowing the bearers to skip ticket window lines. They come with several benefits, including complimentary ski and snowboard check and a discount on the Willamette Pass Express. The passes may be purchased online or in person at the resort.

More information. Call 541-345-SNOW.