Ski Season Openeth


It looks pretty far fetched to hope for a November opening for Bogus Basin, and even Sun Valley will be depending on a whole lot of manmade snow to make its Thanksgiving weekend opening. But you just have to look to the west to find a place to get your early season ski fix.

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood opened last weekend and as of Nov. 17 was boasting a 49-inch base with four of seven lifts up and running. Of course, it’s a wet snow locals fondly refer to as Cascade cement, but it’s still snow and people are skiing on it.

Further down the mountain, Mt. Hood Meadows is open as well with 38 inches at the base and 46 inches mid mountain. Over in Government Camp, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, the largest night skiing area in the country, is shooting for a Friday, Nov. 20 opening, depending on conditions. The hill has roughly 22 inches mid mountain.

A little further to the south, Mt. Bachelor is reaping the benefits of the storms that have been hammering the Pacific Cost, as well. The resort in Bend, Ore., is projecting a Friday, Nov. 20, opening and as of mid week was reporting a 21-inch base with 12-inches mid mountain.

Check the mountain cameras at both Timberline and Bachelor for some inspiration.