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Mt. Ashland reopens with more than two feet of new snow

 Posted: 11:05 AM December 21, 2012

Mt. Ashland Ski Area reopened this morning after receiving 29 inches of snow in the 24 hours ending at 9 a.m., bringing its total at the top of the mountain to 99 inches.

The area's snow-phone recording at 9:15 a.m. said that three lifts were operating and workers were digging out the Ariel chairlift at both the top and bottom of the mountain. The recording noted that the snowfall was so great that it buried the trail map at the top of the Ariel chair.

The temperature on the mountain was 22 degrees at 11 a.m. today. There was very little wind reported on the mountain at midmorning, according to the ski area's website.

The ski area closed Thursday as a major storm literally blew in, with 45 to 55 mph winds and occasional 70 mph gusts. During the holidays, the area will be open seven days a week through Jan. 7. For the latest details on mountain conditions and snow, see

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