Ashland opening on Friday is earliest in 8 years

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 30, 2010 8:24 pm

Shakespeare in the summer and skiing in the winter, Mt. Ashland Ski Resort is gearing up for an early ski season Tuesday.

This Friday will be the earliest opening date the resort has had in the last eight years. There is currently 40 inches of snow and they expect another 8-16 inches by Wednesday. Employees say they are excited for the upcoming season.

“It’s great, I mean everyone is excited you know everyone wants a longer season and if we can get more snow earlier in the year, that just extends it on the front end,” said Rick Saul,  marketing director at the resort.

So far the resort plans to open three out of their four chair lifts. However, if the snow continues they say all four lifts could be open Friday morning.

One skiier was out sledding with his family and says he’s planning on coming Friday.

“I’m pretty excited this feels pretty early for that so yeah, I’m excited to have a good season,” Stefan Schachter said.

Mt. Ashland has lowered their ticket prices. Tickets are now $39 for adults and $29 for youth. All Season Pass holders need to take a new picture this year. They can be done at the Ashland office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Thursday. Pictures will be taken at the resort beginning Friday.