An influx of skiers could push closing weekend to April 18-19

For the second year in a row, Mt. Ashland is offering to extend the season by one weekend should the ski area receive a minimum of 1,500 skier visits during the last regularly scheduled weekend of April 11-12. If skiers and riders meet the skier visit goal, Mt. Ashland will operate on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, adding two extra days to the season.

Limited pass holders can use their passes on the weekends without having to pay the normal $20 fee for the rest of the season.

In 2008 Mt. Ashland guests did respond to the "Spring Challenge" and Mt. Ashland stayed open an extra two days with its managers and supervisors running the ski area. Mt. Ashland plans to make frequent updates on the snow phone and on their Web site as the skier visit number changes during the weekend of April 11-12.

"We'll even have a thermometer graphic in the lodge continually monitoring the skier visit count," said Ada Rivera, Mt. Ashland's guest services manager.

If Mt. Ashland does operate on April 18-19, the ski area will still rent equipment and provide food and beverage services, but will not offer lessons. In 2008 during the extended weekend, marketing department employees Rick Saul and Mike Dadaos worked as lift operators at the top of Comer and Windsor lifts.

"I had a lot of people thank us for staying open an additional weekend last year, and we would like nothing more than to add an extra two days to the season this year as well," Dadaos sais.