Oregon Ski Resort Cancels New Year Festivities As Snow Fails To Arrive

Yesterday, Hoodoo Ski Area, Oregon, announced the cancellation of its annual New Year party due to a lack of snow.

The Oregon ski area has yet to open for skiing and riding this season.

Hoodoo Ski Area wrote on Instagram that it usually requires a snow depth of 26 inches to open for skiing and riding. The resort's website currently reports a snow depth of 5.8 inches. Despite the 20-inch gap, Hoodoo Ski Area stated that it hopes to open "very soon" in its most recent Instagram post.

Over the coming days, NOAA calls for a mix of snow and rain at Hoodoo Ski Area, with temperatures hovering between the high 20s and mid-30s.

Thus far, it's been one of those seasons in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, most major ski areas are now open throughout Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, but I'd hesitate to say that any of these resorts have had a banner early season.

Instead, the respectable "working with what we've got" attitude prevails.

This situation, of course, was foreseen. When El Niño forecasts began appearing last summer, I knew a challenging season for the PNW was likely. King 5 News wrote in a November article detailing the climatological phenomenon that the "El Niño is associated with warmer than normal temperatures and less precipitation in the Pacific Northwest."

As a PNW local and Western Montana transplant, the news—and its consequences—stung. Fingers crossed the New Year brings a much-needed change in fortunes.

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