It’s going to be the 60th anniversary of Mt. Ashland in 2024, and they plan to make the next couple of years transformative for the non-profit ski area.
In their 60th-anniversary announcement video, the Oregon ski area released their new anniversary logo (picture above, which is pretty damm cool), and the Elevate Mt. Ashland plan, which is a set of projects that they’re working on.
The biggest announcement from the video is the addition of a new chairlift, which will be coming within the next two years. The new Lithia Chair is thanks to the largest gift that the Oregon ski area has ever received: $2 million from the Sid and Karen Deboer Foundation, along with $500,000 from Sid and Karen Deboer.
The interesting part about this expansion is that these trails used to be part of Mt. Ashland’s terrain network. The terrain pod hasn’t been open since the 1980s. A Poma lift serviced beginner and intermediate terrain in the area, but it was removed at some point in the 80s.
As part of Elevate Mt. Ashland, an additional $1 million in improvements are planned. Two demo-used snowcats have been purchased, allowing for improved grooming and reduced emissions. Other projects planned include improvements to the night skiing lights, lodge, older infrastructure, and the arrival area.
Andrew Gast, who’s Mt. Ashland’s General Manager, said the following about Mt. Ashland’s promising future:
“We just came off our biggest winter ever, and opening in summer for the first time. Our 60th anniversary is a time for us to celebrate the rich history of our mountain, and to look forward to ensure that the next generation of mountain enthusiasts can have the same experiences as those who have been visiting Mt. Ashland for many, many years.”