Fresh snow piling up at Mount Hood


by Staff

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 8:48 PM

GOVERNMENT CAMP - Despite road crews' best efforts, roads including Highway 26 around Mount Hood are snow-packed with some icy patches.

It has been snowing heavily add day in the Cascades.

The operations manager at Ski Bowl Hans Wipper said this year is panning out to be one of the best he's seen in 20 years.

"Our base is great, it's solid," said Hans Wipper with Ski Bowl. "We are set for the rest of the year and this is like the icing on top of the cake. It's great skiing out there."

It's also been paying off for area businesses.

"As soon as the snow hit, our business has practically doubled," said Scott Olsen, who owns Ivy Bear Pizza. "We are getting a lot of skiers, lots of boarders, lots of sledders."

The Natural Resource Conservation Service reports that snowpack on Mt. Hood was looking "average" with 25.2 inches of water.

Elevation charts

Weather Cams   |   Radars   |   Forecast

Snow and wet snow showers could fall Wednesday night as low as 1,000 feet in the metro area. That could mean flurries in the air but no widespread valley floor snow, meteorologists said. Some areas around Salem and to the south could see a couple of inches of snow.

KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report