Mount Ashland

Mount Ashland Oregon is the highest point in the Siskiyou Mountains at 7,533 feet—the perfect location for a ski area. Situated on top of Mount Ashland Oregon, Mt Ashland Ski Resort offers magnificent views of southern Oregon and northern California. The high-elevation location has other benefits too: Mt Ashland Ski Resort gets an average annual snowfall of 300 inches, ensuring that the chutes and bowl are well blanketed throughout the ski season.

Mount Ashland Oregon is named after the nearby town of Ashland, 10 miles north of the ski area. Ashland is the home of the world renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival and many of the trails at Mt Ashland Ski Resort reflect this literary heritage: Avon, Romeo, Juliet, Sonnet, Tempest, Ariel, and Caliban, to name a few. The 23 designated runs cover the gamut, from extreme bowl skiing to a gentle bunny slope; with runs like these, no season will be a winter of discontent.

Beginners' terrain at Mt Ashland Ski Area is limited to the small introductory area near the base lodge serviced by one of the resorts four chairlifts. Once you've mastered turning on the Sonnet run, it is a small step up to the blue slopes on the main mountain, though the wide-open blue run beneath the Comer chair should be manageable for most skiers and boarders.

The best intermediate terrain at Mt Ashland Oregon is located off the Windsor chair. Avon, Romeo, Tempest, and Winter all have a manageable pitch and a good cruising surface. Bottom is a slightly more challenging black run to skiers' right of the lift.

Advanced skiers and snowboarder should take the Windsor chair and warm up on Avon and Tempest before getting on the Ariel lift, which services mostly black diamond runs: Upper Tempest, Balcony, Ado, and Pistol, among others. There are also some good cruising blues that come down almost the entire vertical drop of Mt Ashland Oregon, over 1,100 feet.

Experts should head skiers' left from the top of the Ariel chair. Mt Ashland's famous Cirque bowl put this Oregon ski area on the map. The steep chutes that carve between the trees are as challenging as any terrain in the state, even at the Mount Hood ski areas. In promotional literature, Mt Ashland Ski Area boasts, "If you can ski Mount Ashland, you can ski anywhere." After a few hair-raising runs down the Cirque, this claim makes sense.

The Cirque is closed for night skiing, but 10 runs near the Mt Ashland ski base remain open for discounted skiing and snowboarding.

With just 200 skiable acres, Mt Ashland Ski Resort is a relatively small resort. Proposed plans for expansion have been controversial. The expanded beginners terrain would be welcomed by many families, but not if it came at the expense of Mt Ashland's unique spirit. As it is, Mt Ashland Oregon is a community-owned mountain, with a friendly atmosphere and affordable ticket prices. Just three hours from Eugene OR, Mt Ashland Oregon is a great place for a laid-back ski weekend. Don't be surprised if you find yourself reciting Shakespeare lines as you carve your way down the slopes.

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