After a weekend of much-needed snowfall in the mid-Cascades, Hoodoo Ski Area announced late Tuesday that it will open its 75th season of operation on Friday at 9 a.m.
"Stay tuned for trail and lift updates as we are expected to get 4-8 inches of snow before Friday," the announcement said, urging enthusiasts to check www.hoodoo.com for daily conditions, snowfall and webcams for up to minute images of Hoodoo.
Hoodoo's Easy Rider, Manzanita and Ed chairlifts will be operating on Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., with many groomed trails open for guests to enjoy.
However, Hoodoo's Big Green and Hodag lifts, along with the Autobahn Tubing Park, will remain closed until more snow falls, officials said.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, Hoodoo reported 23 inches of snow, with light snow falling off and on, despite a temperature just above freezing.
Since opening in 1938, Hoodoo, located near Santiam Pass west of Sisters, has evolved into a full-service ski area with more than 800 skiable acres, 30 alpine trails, 15.8 km of Nordic trails, three quad lifts, one triple chair and one double chair. Hoodoo also offers also offers air board, snowbike and snow scooter rentals.
Hoodoo's spacious lodge includes a rental and repair shop, ski shop, restaurant, full bar, lockers, showers, arcade, dining areas, etc., as well as a large lot with overnight car parking and RV sites (by permit only).
Day parking is free for Hoodoo guests and Snopark permits are available for the nearby snow parks.
Hoodoo is known for its many family-friendly events and activities, including its annual New Year's Eve party, presented by Pepsi, complete with demos, live music, professional-grade fireworks and night skiing.
For a full list of upcoming events, go to the Hoodoo Ski Area Event Calendar at www.hoodoo.com/calendar. Follow Hoodoo on Facebook at facebook.com/HoodooRecreation and on Twitter at twitter.com/HoodooSki.
Hoodoo Ski Area is a family-owned, locally operated mountain recreation area operated on federal land by agreement with the Willamette National Forest, McKenzie River ranger district. Located on the summit of Oregon's Santiam Pass, 20 miles west of Sisters, Hoodoo is one of the state's most centrally located, economical and family friendly winter sports destinations. Visit us online at www.Hoodoo.com and see why Hoodoo is "The Mountain in Your Backyard!"