New Year Snow Pounds Oregon

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Bend, OR, Jan. 12--Oregon ski resorts are snowed-in! A winter storm blew into the north Pacific region this past weekend and has relentlessly dumped snow. Oregon's Cascade Mountain range has seen a foot of new snow on a daily basis.

After 14 inches overnight, Mt. Hood Meadows, OR, is reporting a base of between 132-152 inches, this morning. Another foot of snow is expected by tomorrow before it tapers to only a few inches a day by the weekend.

"Close to 8 feet of snow has fallen since Jan. 1," said Dave Tragethon, director of sales and marketing. "We call it the Everready storm, and with temperatures in the high teens, it makes for great powder."

The Pacific storm also dropped 30-inches over the last 48 hours at nearby Mt. Bachelor, OR, 180-miles away from Portland. This puts their snow base between 115-122 inches, and they expect at least 4-inches a day through this Sat., Jan. 15.

"With 77-inches of fresh powder in last ten days the conditions are unbelievable," said Carly Hogan, Mt. Bachelor Marketing manager. "And the snow keeps coming, although the forecast shows the snow will taper off by the weekend."

Timberline, OR reported a 150-inch base this morning, up 14 inches from yesterday morning's count. "Its been snowing about as heavy as it can snow around here," said Jon Tullis, director of public affairs. "About a foot of new snow has fallen each day since Jan. 8."

"I think we can report the best ski conditions in the country," Tullis added. "It's snowing like a sun-of-a gun, and the snow is a nice light dry powder which is unusual for the Cascade Mountains."

In the northern Cascade Mountains, just over the Oregon border, Mt. Baker, WA also got a big bonus of new snow: 16-inches in the last 24-hours. The ski area has also benefited by the January snow streak, putting their snow base at a hefty 147-207 inches. Last season, Mt. Baker broke to world snowfall record with 95 feet of snow.