Oregon’s [R502R, Willamette Pass] was finally able to open over this past weekend with blue skies and limited runs. Due to the low snowfall this year, the resort was only able to offer advanced and beginner terrain on its opening weekend.

Four of 13 runs were groomed for opening weekend. But due to conditions, none were able to service intermediate skiers and riders. Blue runs such as Kaleidescope and Perseverance required advanced skills to navigate.

The resort opened Peak 2 north side runs for advanced skiers and riders. All runs required cautious descents due to minimum snow coverage. The Eagle Peak Accelerator transported skiers up to the Peak 2 area, where nine runs were available.

Willamette Pass trail sign (Larry Turner)

Down Under was one of the 13 runs open at Willamette Pass on opening weekend. Photo by Larry Turner. Courtesy of Willamette Pass.

The Sleepy Hollow lift ran for beginners. Lessons started up for beginning skiing and riding.

Willamette Pass launched right into their lesson programs for beginner skiers and riders. First timer single-day packages include a lift ticket, lesson and rentals for $69.

The ski area is closed this week, but plans to resume operation again this Saturday. The lifts will run Jan. 14-16 for the holiday weekend.

The usual January operating plan for Willamette Pass calls for running lifts Thursdays through Sundays, but more snow is needed to run on a regular schedule. The operating schedule after the holiday weekend will depend on whether snow conditions maintain, improve or deteriorate.
Call 541-345-SNOW to check the most current operating plan. Find more information on learn to ski or ride programs here.