Mt. Hood sno-parks could open this weekend

Excitement building for ski season

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions for skiers and snowboarders. Early snow made people think a possible early season might be in the making, but then warm Thanksgiving rain washed that hope away.

Now snow is in the forecast again, and staff at Timberline and Mount Hood Meadows are saying the plan is to open this weekend and stay open for the rest of the season.

Owner of Valian Ski Shop, Bud Valian, says snow is critical for business.

“It's the lifeblood. It is what makes the mountain tick, Said Valian. “It started out great. People were enthused. Then the monsoons came and people said whoa is this really going to happen.”

It looks like the snow is coming back. Mt. Hood Meadows is currently harvesting fresh snow in the parking lot to fill in areas around lifts.

“We live by the weather. We are farmers, we make the most out of whatever the weather gives us,” said spokesman Dave Tragethon.

Meadows and Timberline are both planning to open this weekend. Spokespeople say they'll be open every day after that.

Bud says this season may not be early, but could still be very good.

“People are looking forward to it so it won't take much to get them all back and rolling again,” said Valian.

Sno-park sales show it does look like people are excited. 2017 and 2016 have some of the most sales in the last seven years.

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