Mother nature is giving winter sports enthusiasts something to be thankful for this year. Two Oregon ski resorts, Mt Hood Meadows and Mt. Bachelor, say they’ll be open for business on Thanksgiving Day.
A storm that brought rain and high winds to the coast this week also brought snow to the Cascades.
Mt. Bachelor communications director Andy Goggins says what started out as wet snow has since been covered by powder.”So it’s a right-side-up snowpack, as they say, which provides for some pretty ideal skiing and riding conditions.”
Conditions are similar at Mt. Hood Meadows, says Dave Tragethon. But he thinks opening day is about more than just great skiing.
“I think it’s all about getting that first day in,” Tragethon says. “A lot of people come up here with the thought that “you know, I can’t ski every day this season unless I ski the first day.’ It’s just a great way to kick off the season.”
Other Northwest resorts including Crystal Mountain, Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and Timberline are already open for business.