Spout Springs Ski Area has laid abandoned since the 2017-2018 season. Now, The Umatilla National Forest is looking for interested parties to revive the historic ski area and bring it back online.
Spout Springs is located in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, and within the Umatilla National Forest (UNF). The ski area first opened in the late 1940s with a rope tow by The Blue Mountain Ski Club.
UNF has not officially listed the property for sale, but is looking for interested parties before a decision is made.
“The Umatilla National Forest is seeking proposals from interested entities to operate and manage the Spout Springs Ski Area, located near Tollgate at milepost 22 along State Highway 204 between Weston and Elgin. Responses received will help Forest staff consider options to ultimately reopen the ski area to the public.
The Forest is looking for an operator who will provide professional management and operational oversight at Spout Springs Ski Area. The operator will be responsible for all aspects of resort management, including but not limited to hiring staff and ski patrol, inspection and maintenance of chairlifts, maintenance of groomer fleet, bar and restaurant operation, facility upkeep, and maintenance tasks.”
All of the infrastructure of Spout Springs is currently under federal ownership, by UNF ultimately plans to sell to a party that is interested in operating and managing the ski area.
You can read the full press release from the Umatilla National Forest about Spout Springs Ski Area here.
This sounds like an awesome opportunity for somebody to make their dream of a owning and operating a ski area come true, but it won’t be an easy undertaking.
For one, I can’t find any information online indicating that Spout Springs has any snowmaking equipment. That’s a problem these days…
I hate to see a charming ski area go to waste, so here’s to hoping somebody jumps at the opportunity to brings it back to life.
Spout Springs Ski Area Stats/Info
Top Elevation: 5,450′
Base Elevation: 4,920′
Average Snowfall: 130″
Night Skiing: YES