Mt. Ashland Ski Area announced Friday that the lack of snow will not keep it from giving guests an on-snow experience. Managers decided to host more gatherings similar to the popular Snow Stomp party on Dec. 9, while waiting for more snow before opening ski runs.

They'll welcome everyone to join in a winter celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 23 and 24. “Hundreds of terrain park enthusiasts flocked to the Snow Stomp to slide down snow and rails for the first time of the year," said General Manager Hiram Towle. "Our team is committed to keeping that stoke going.”

The snow park will be bigger and better after the recent 10 inches of snow. The event is free to pass holders and $10 for everyone else. The rope tow will be running again to provide constant loops through the park, something that freestyle enthusiasts loved about the last event. The lodge will be open with all the usual services, including the renovated T-Bar, Granite Grill, and the Granite Cove retail shop will be open for last-minute Christmas shopping.

Due to limited terrain, the rental shop and ski school will not open. This is a chance for those looking for snow this holiday season, to do so with their Mt. Ashland friends and family. Families can not only enjoy the park, but sledding, snow angels, and snow sculptures are all possible with the recent snowfall. Even football fans won’t miss the action as they watch the games on the new 75-inch TV in the T-Bar.

Mt. Ashland has gained a reputation among skiers and riders for not letting a lack of snow get in the way of giving their faithful followers what they want most: Time on the mountain. By “farming” snow from other areas of the mountain, using a specially modified snow groomer, they have been able to make winter when Mother Nature does not.

Because the mountain is not yet fully open, sleds are allowed on the Sonnet slope at the user’s own assumed risk. A steady stream of skiers and sledding families have been visiting the slopes since the first snows in September, despite the thin cover. Area managers simply ask that folks assume the risk, and play carefully. For more information, visit www.mtashland.com.