[R275R, Mt. Hood Skibowl], like many other Pacific Northwest Ski Areas, benefited from the onslaught of storms that rolled in one right after the other in November. The pile-up of snow permitted the resort to crank up its lifts for the earliest opening in 15 years.

The resort also launched into its full operation schedule over Thanksgiving weekend. Lifts are now running seven days a week with night skiing offered every evening-making Skibowl perhaps one of the best places to take a date in the state. Heck, if dates don't want to ski or ride, dump 'em.

Skibowl's night skiing hours run later than most of the other regional resorts with lifts running Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Both Jesse's Flight and Govyville terrain parks are fully lit for showing off stunts at night as are many black diamond runs.

Two midweek nights also feature lift ticket discounts. Every Tuesday night--excluding holidays--is Ladies Night. Women can purchase lift tickets for $14. Hint: Take your gal up on Ladies Night if you're looking for a cheap date.

Wednesday nights also offer discount lift tickets. Purchase eight gallons of gas at participating Shell stations and get a coupon for a two-for-one night lift tickets valid on non-holiday Wednesday nights beginning in January--another inexpensive date option.

Night skiing begins daily at 3 p.m. Regular adult lift tickets for night skiing cost $26. Shift tickets, which cost $44, are available for day skiing, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or 1 p.m. to closing. Night season passes with no blackout dates are still available for $249.

More information. Or call 800-SKIBOWL.