GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Both Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline Lodge are hoping to be open this Thanksgiving for a fifth straight year. But last night's storm, which brought mostly rain to the mountain, may have washed away this season's early kick-off.

Skibowl's front slope, which had a foot of snow, is now mostly barren. Higher in elevation at Mt. Hood Meadows, less than 20 inches of snow are on the ground.

Meadows has groomed a few slopes and is working hard to offer what the resort calls a very limited opening this weekend.

Timberline actually opened two lifts on Sunday, but just for the day. The resort is protecting 25 inches of snow and promises to open for good starting this Friday.

The above photo shows a quiet lift Tuesday afternoon.

Scott Skellenger, who works with the lodge, said the upper mountain has good snow and plenty of ski-able terrain.

Skellenger reminded people that early season conditions are in place.

The forecast for the remainder of this week is dry.

Cold nights ahead will allow Meadows to make snow, but warmer air that will start next week may put a thin base in jeopardy.

For now, boarders and skiers will have to wait and see.

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