One of Oregon’s oldest ski resorts reached a milestone this year when it opened for skiing and snowboarding this past weekend. Hoodoo Ski Area is celebrating its 75th season.
On Santiam Pass in Central Oregon, Hoodoo Ski Area started up lifts for its 75th season on Hoodoo Butte, a cinder cone in the strip of Oregon Cascade volcanoes. The ski area launched in 1938 with a rope tow, second in line after Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. In 1950, the ski area installed the first double chairlift in Oregon.
This weekend, Hoodoo opened for the season with about 75 percent of its runs skiable. The ski area usually runs Thursdays through Tuesdays.
Skiers and snowboarders can still get a discount card for Hoodoo. The transferable AnyCards costs $195 at retail outlets in Sisters, Eugene, Bend, and Corvallis. The cards are good for five adult lift tickets any day the ski area operates. Look online here or call 541-822-3799 for more information.
Anthony Lakes and Mt. Ashland also hit milestone years when they launched their 2012-13 seasons over this weekend.
In Eastern Oregon, Anthony Lakes launched its 50th anniversary season this weekend with 18 inches of powder skiing dropped for Sunday skiers and riders. The ski area plans to operate weekends only until lifts start running daily from Dec. 20 for the holidays. After Jan. 1, the ski area opens Thursdays through Sundays and holidays.
One day a week anyone can get a discounted lift ticket to ski Anthony Lakes. Starting Dec. 20, lift tickets drop to half price on Thursdays. Check ticket rates here.
In Southern Oregon, Mt. Ashland started 50 years ago with a lodge and a lift. The ski opened for the season last Thursday. By the weekend, 16 runs were available with all four chairlifts operating. The ski area added five days to its December schedule with plans to open daily through the winter holiday break, Dec. 21 to Jan. 7. The ski area’s regular schedule runs Thursdays through Mondays with Twilight skiing starting in January.
Check out conditions from a mountain ski around last Friday:
With the exception of holidays, skiers and riders who visit Mt. Ashland midweek can get discounted lift tickets. The adult lift ticket, for instance, runs $7 less than the weekend ticket. See all Mt. Ashland ticket rates here.