by: Randy Rogers - 12th January 2008

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New Mt. Manager is a Snowboarder
ready for a new lift

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You have to love a ski resort that will tell you it is raining on a Saturday morning. As did Willamette Pass today. With webcams and highway reports no one should be surprised by erroneous reports these days. Still, it is incredible that a resort would be this honest. Those that complain about WP reporting must have some other axe to grind. As for planning your trip, WP's Peak 2 chair is only 300 feet lower than the base of Bachelor. So, skiing on some of the best terrain in the state is comparable to what you will find at Bachelor, at a fraction of the cost, and rarely any lines to speak of. On the Eagle Peak Accelerator you can rack up over 13,000 vertical per hour if your body and ability can match the terrain and the fastest lift in the Region! I respect a ski area operator that has the courage to tell the public how it really is, when you are only a bit over an hour away there is no reason to BS your customers. Congratulations to the "Pass." If you check Tripchek for road conditions you will get an accurate reading on where the snow-zone is. Rarely is it snowcovered for more than the last twelve miles, starting at the "trestle" at milepost 50. WP often says chains are required when in fact that only applies to multi-axel trucks and those pulling trailers. Better safe than sorry I guess WP figures. It is the most well maintained highway over the Cascades with the majority of truckers taking 58 instead of the multiple climbs and disaster you find going often over the Siskyous. With the addition of many new passing zones in both directions I even take 58 to Bend more often than Santiam. As last week there were multiple closures on that road. Hope this information helps some of you make your skiing and travel decisions. In my last post I mentioned lodging at Shelter Cove. This is the closest lodging to skiing off of Mt. Hood. There are at least five places to stay within about 8 miles of WP. Again, visit Manley's for a true woodsy experience, but don't count out the bars at Crescent Lake Resort or Odell Lake Resort. Homey, not expensive, a good place to chill after fun at the Pass.
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