GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – A late-season dump of fresh powder on Mt. Hood put padding on what has already been a stellar ski season in the Cascades.
Skiers and snowboarders were enjoying a foot of new snow Monday, along with blue skies and practically perfect conditions for early April.
All the ski lifts were up and running at Timberline, which boasts of having the longest ski season in North America, while big resorts in states like Colorado are winding down.
“We've gotten plenty of good fresh snow this season but we've also had this big, long cumulative run of sunny holidays and weekends,” said Jon Tullis with Timberline.
Other area resorts and businesses that cater to skiers and snowboarders have all seen a boost this year.
"For our business, it seems like we've had snow on the weekends and the weather's been good," said John Odegard with Meadowlark Ski & Snowboards. "It can be a really good snow year and you can have rain on a particular weekend and that will really shoot our business down."
Across the state as a whole, ski visits have gone up about 14 percent over last year.