Last weekend saw enough snow for a Sunday opening of two chair lifts at Timberline Ski Resort. The Pucci and Bruno's lifts opened just for the day on roughly two feet of snow. (The image above shows Timberline Lodge Monday morning from the KGW live camera.)
Resort staff announced that all lifts would stay closed Monday through Thursday, but they were hoping for a full resort opening by Friday, lasting through Thanksgiving week.
Elevations above 5,000 feet should receive another foot of snow Monday and Tuesday, so Timberline might get that wish. However, forecast models show a long stretch of dry weather starting Wednesday with very little precipitation in sight through next week's holiday.
Of course, this time of year forecast models often show radical change and the forecast could turn more promising.
Mt. Hood snow lovers have been fortunate the last few years. Each of the last three years have seen Meadows and Timberline open in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Last year, Skibowl opened its slopes on December 17.
At this point, a good snow season looks likely. Mt. Hood has not suffered from a lack of snow since the winter of 2004 - 2005, when the mountain saw less than 50 percent of normal snow pack.
Skiers and boarders should keep an eye on the snow level through Tuesday. If heavy rain falls instead of snow at 6,000 feet, everyone will have to be a little patient.
Mt. Hood Meadows reports a base of 20 inches with more in the forecast through Tuesday. (Above photo shows Mt. Hood Meadows base area.) The resort confirms that another foot with cold weather could be enough for an upcoming weekend opening, but days of cold temperatures will be needed to maintain a fragile base. Spokesman Dave Tragethon says work was done this past weekend to move snow from the parking lot into the base area.
Mt. Hood Skibowl is sitting on 10 inches of snow and may not be as lucky, as high snow levels between 5,000 and 6,000 feet through Monday night will likely bring damaging rain, forcing the resort to hold off until more snow storms arrive. (Photo above shows the front slope of Skibowl Monday morning.)
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