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We have snow! Some mountain resorts open for skiing

Meadows and Timberline run their lifts, Skibowl waits on more snow

Ski Resorts on Mount Hood, and, of course, skiers, are rejoicing in the fact that the ski season is finally kicking off, just in time for Christmas.

The resorts on upper Mt. Hood received between 16 and 24 inches of snow over the weekend and are jumping at the chance to officially open.

On the morning of Monday, Dec. 22, Mt. Hood Meadows officially opened with three of its lifts running. Its website reported a base depth of 20 inches.

“After a long and dry autumn, we're thrilled to announce that the snow has arrived,” read the Mt. Hood Meadows conditions page which has recently changed from apologetic to excited. “We're open for the season. We're so ecstatic that we're singing in the snow.”

Timberline Lodge, which has been open on and off for its upper mountain and beginning skiers, had two lifts open on Monday, Bruno’s and Pucci.

It’s snow phone, which gives daily updates to skiers thinking ahead before their trip, reported that at 9 a.m. it was 28 degrees and sunny.

The resort received 9 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, giving it a base depth of 28 inches.

However, because of the cold weather and recent rain, the lifts on the upper mountain were closed for de-icing for the day.

Although Mt. Hood Skibowl still did not have ski lifts running on Monday, its tubing hill has been open for quite some time due to the resort making more than 3 feet of snow to fill the gap.

On Friday, Dec. 19, Skibowl opened its snow tubing hill to a seven-day a week schedule. Day tubing at the winter adventure park is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with the exception of Christmas Eve, when it will close at 3 p.m. Cosmic tubing is open from 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cosmic tubing will not be open Christmas Eve.

“It looks like there’s more snow coming Christmas Eve and another storm after that,” said Hans Wipper, public relations manager for Mt. Hood Skibowl. “Hopefully we’ll be able to get our lifts turning soon.”