Mt. Ashland Continues to Make Improvements
Now that the cold weather is here, it’s time for everyone’s daily ritual of checking the snow report at mtashland.com. It was the first thing I did this morning and learned that they’ve already received 34 inches of snow this season and plan to open on December 9. The web cam was beautiful, as it was clear skies at 7am and the sun was shining on the snow-filled mountain.
According to a press release provided by the mountain, Mt. Ashland is wrapping up some major improvements for the 2017-18 season. The biggest changes are happening at the historic Mt. Ashland Lodge. Adding another 1,000 square feet of indoor space, complete with sweeping views of the mountain, the transformation will improve dining, help streamline gear rentals, and create an easy to use ski-in ski-out locker space in the former rental shop.
For 52 years, the Mt. Ashland Lodge has served the greater Southern Oregon community as a place for coming together and appreciating the incredible outdoor recreation opportunities Southern Oregon lends residents and visitors.
“The Lodge is more than just a building up at Mt. Ashland it’s a community gathering space in a one-of-a-kind location,” said Mt. Ashland General Manager Hiram Towle. “That’s why we’re committed to investing more than $1.5 million into this project and why $1.2 million of that has already been raised to help support the remodel. The Mt. Ashland community is special in that way—when it comes time to getting something like this done, they get on board and get involved.”
The Lodge renovations have opened the doors to new business relationships in the community as well. From sponsorships to partnerships, a bigger more streamlined lodge layout means more capacity and growth for the mountain’s programs. Local hotels are partnering to bring offers to travelers, youth groups are excited to expand, and local businesses are taking advantage of Gold Passes to offer clients and employees a chance to enjoy the mountain this season.
“This is a great season to get up to the mountain and learn to ski,” says Mt. Ashland Snowsports Manager Alex Neville. “We’re expecting to see lots of new faces on the mountain this year as the improvements in the lodge have made it easier for first-timers to rent gear, take lessons and enjoy being up in the snow.”
Thanks to a generous donation of furniture from Interior Office Concepts, a Medford-based furniture company, the dining and lounging experience is also improving. Not only will it be easier and faster to get a bite to eat at the Lodge, but it will also be more comfortable to spend time indoors. Two separate dining areas will host their own menus of tasty treats and offer plenty of space for guests to sit back and enjoy the view!
The open layout of the lodge will also improve capacity for hosting community events and is a much more family friendly, inviting space. The public is invited to come up to the mountain on December 9 from 2-5 pm for the annual “Snow Stomp” Celebration and grand re-opening. Buckle Rash will help bring in the snow with great music, and the Mt. Ashland Crew will give out prizes for their infamous “Best Boots” contest.