Oregon Ski Season is Off to a Great Start: Conditions Report and Photo Tour

Jack Lafeman | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Skiing Powder in the Oregon Backcountry yesterday.
Skiing cold smoke in the Oregon Backcountry yesterday.

For those who have been willing to hike for it, Oregon’s ski season has been going since late-October. Now, it’s time to start thinking about Resort openings, and who has the snow to make it happen. 

Mt. Bachelor blowing more snow this week. Photo: Mt. Bachelor
Mt. Bachelor blowing more snow this week. Photo: Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor now shows 15” on the base snowstake. They are planning to open on Wednesday November 25th if conditions allow. There is some more snow in the forecast which could give them just enough to open on time. If not, hopefully they get enough snow on Thanksgiving to open for the weekend.

Timberline Lodge got snow. Photo: Timberline Lodge
Timberline Lodge got snow. Photo: Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge also has snow. They are reporting a base depth of 16”. From the sound of things on their website, they are anxious to get the lifts spinning as soon as there is enough snow. On a normal year, Timberline would probably be able to open with 16”. However, after last year, the Palmer Snowfield has almost no residual snow, making it very shallow and rocky up high.

Another shot from the Oregon Backcountry yesterday.
Another shot from the Oregon Backcountry yesterday.

Snow season is here in Oregon. Some Oregonians haven’t had a good powder day since December of 2014. Especially after last season, everybody is hoping for a bigger and better season in the Northwest.


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