With the support of our community, the Mt. Ashland Association is investing in projects which help us open with low snowfall. We have set a fundraising goal of $300,000 for the 2018 Local Mountain Fund.
Over the past 5 years, the ski area has had some great snow years—and some pretty dismal ones too. After not opening in the 2013-14 season, the ski area significantly shifted its approach to managing the ski area with this variable snow pack in mind.
We have strong relationships with local organizations and skiers interested in donating time to help keep slope vegetation trimmed and build features which reduce the amount of snow needed to open safely. These features include snow fencing, which helps keep the snow that falls from being blown away by wind, and lift loading ramps, which minimize the amount of snow needed to operate a lift.
If the 2018 Local Mountain Fund is fully funded, we will be able to invest in more snow fencing, lift ramps, and ski run maintenance—in addition to making a few modest final touches to our Lodge, including painting the original sections of the exterior which are still the older grey color.
Snow fencing and ski slope trimming
Mt. Ashland will make some key improvements to help us open the ski area more often in low-snow years. Without the ability to make snow, we must make the best of what falls naturally. We will install snow fencing in key areas to help us retain the snow that falls and prevent winds from carrying it away. With volunteer support, we will also trim our slope vegetation to reduce the amount of snow needed to open trails.
Lift loading ramps
We will build special decks at the base of our lifts to reduce the amount of snow needed to safely load passengers. The loading ramp we installed on the Sonnet lift in 2016 significantly reduced the amount of snow needed to open that lift. We plan to install decks at the base of the three remaining lifts.
These improvements will help us tremendously in low-snow years like we experienced in 2014, 2015, and 2018.
Lodge interior improvements
Numerous improvements were made to the main floor of the Lodge in 2017. These improvements will be duplicated on all of the upper floors. The improvements include new rubber flooring and new modern furniture.
Paint the original sections of the Lodge exterior
We will repair and repaint the original sections of the Lodge exterior to match the new sections added in 2017.
|Snow fencing and ski slope trimming||$150,000|
|Lift loading ramps||$30,000|
|Flooring and furniture on upper floors of the Lodge||$40,000|
|Paint the old sections of the Lodge exterior||$80,000|
- Continued Lodge Improvements
- Support for Low-Snow Conditions