Mt. Ashland's Environment
Mt. Ashland is located at the highest point of the ancient Siskiyou Mountains. The Klamath-Siskiyou region is blessed with some of the world’s highest concentrations of temperate biodiversity (ref). We hope that you will observe and appreciate the rich natural beauty of the area when you visit our ski area.
We have a number of animals who consider the Mt. Ashland area home, including coyotes, bobcats, Pacific fishers, and subnivean critters like voles, mice, chipmunks, and more. Overhead, you will often hear the songs and sounds of mountain chickadees, towhees, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and more.
If you encounter wildlife, please be respectful. Feel free to take photos, but please remember that you are a visitor to their home.
In summer 2016, Mt. Ashland installed 85 solar panels on top of the ski area vehicle shop roof. This 27.795 kW Sun Power system offsets about 12% of the ski area’s annual energy consumption. Here is a link to real-time data about the energy being produced, compliments of our favorite star.
STOKE Certified Ski Area
In May, 2017, Mt. Ashland became the first ski area to become STOKE Certified. STOKE (Sustainable Tourism Operator’s Kit for Evaluation) Certified is the world’s first sustainability certification program for surf and ski tourism operators. Through its network of independent evaluators, STOKE verifies the legitimacy of sustainability claims made by operators and provides transparency for the public through its certification programs—STOKE Surf and STOKE Snow. STOKE Surf has member properties in Fiji, the Mentawai Islands, Costa Rica, Liberia, Baja California, the Telo Islands, and the Philippines while STOKE Snow has members in California, Oregon, Washington, and Maine. For more information, go to http://www.stokecertified.com/ and our Sustainability page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What uses the most energy at Mt. Ashland?
The Lodge. Built in 1963, the building has an old and relatively inefficient electric heating system. It also has numerous places where insulation is lacking. Placed in one of the windiest places in Southern Oregon, it uses a great deal of energy–especially in winter.
Mt. Ashland spent more than $1.5 million in 2017 to address energy performance at the Lodge, in addition to other projects. We hope that this investment will reduce energy consumption at the Lodge. We’re tracking energy use there and commit to transparency as we attempt to improve its energy performance.
What is the status of the Mt. Ashland Expansion?
With the most urgent immediate needs being the cash reserve, fiscal and environmental sustainability, and capital improvements to its existing infrastructure, there are no projects tied to a ski area expansion in the next five years of planned capital spending.
Our vision is to be here for future generations- The citizens and businesses of the Rogue Valley want Mt. Ashland to be here. We are committed to making sure every action is a step toward a future WITH Mt. Ashland in operation – no matter what the weather, economy, or ski industry at large have in store. We will continue to meet our mission, provide the programs that enhance our vibrant valley, and be sure that Local Mountain Fun lives on for all future generations.