GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Timberline Lodge has seen several passing shots of snow going back to October 1st. In fact, 50 inches have fallen but much of the snow has melted in between storm fronts.

Down at pass level, Saturday night's snowfall of 6-8 inches at Government Camp was the heaviest of the fall season to date. The resort's Hans Wipper says a good two feet of snow is needed to begin grooming and preparing for a season opening. Still, crews were busy Monday plowing snow from the east parking lot and moving the piles to the cosmic tubing slope area. Wipper says the snow will be used to begin building a base for the tubing hill.

ODOT reports several accidents since Saturday night when the snow arrived. Rising snow levels this afternoon and a 5,000 feet snow level Tuesday will keep highway 26 snow free, but motorists should be aware of possible icy spots. ODOT supervisor Will Ewing says traction tires or chains are often required, and needed for all-wheel and four wheel drive vehicles. At last report, upper Timberline road had partial snow cover. Elevations above 5,000 feet will see more snow accumulation tonight, Tuesday and again Thursday.

Resort opening dates last year included November 22nd for Timberline and Meadows. Skibowl did not open full operations until December 17th due to high snow levels.

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