Willamette Pass farms snow pack to start delayed ski season

Willamette Pass farms snow pack to start delayed ski season

KLAMATH, Ore. -- Willamette Pass officials finally said there was enough snow by mid-January to officially open ski season, but that was after strategically moving mounds of winter’s majesty around the slopes.

Willamette Pass owner Tim Wiper said Mother Nature handed them a rough season so far.

"This year is abnormally dry and abnormal snow pack. It's kind of thrown everybody for a loop," said Wiper.

That didn't stop the Willamette Pass crew from pushing around 18 inches of snow, turning it into 3 feet of groomed powder.

"All the snow you see now mostly came last Saturday night and Sunday morning. And we've been farming it since then," said Wiper. "There's still a lot of winter left, if we can get some weather to come in."

That allowed the resort’s lifts to start up January 17, giving scores of skiers like Dave Schweitzer a chance to enjoy clear skies, sunshine, and snow.

"It's great to have the mountain open. They've done a great job with grooming and using what snow they have. All we need is more snow, more snow! Think snow!" said Schweitzer, just before heading up for a run.