Spout Springs Ski Area will open this season after a two-year hiatus.

Hill manager Richard Murray said the ski area in the Blue Mountains isn’t open quite yet, but should be soon.

“We’ve got 18 inches of pack and we need another good storm to open,” he said last Wednesday.

He said when the ski area opens they will announce it on their Facebook page and their website, www.spoutspringsskiarea.com.

The National Weather Service predicts clear and sunny weather for most of the rest of the week at Spout Springs, with a 20 percent chance of snow on Saturday. Its seven-day forecast states that snow is “likely” on Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday. Sunday is expected to be the warmest day in the next week, with a high of 32 degrees.

Murray said he will be taking applications for jobs at Spout Springs on Dec. 14 from noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Positions include lift operator, general labor, restaurant jobs and a rental shop tech. Interested applicants can visit the rental shop during those days.

The family-owned and operated business, located on Highway 204 between Weston and Elgin, has not opened some years due to insufficient snow pack, and last year did not open due to health problems faced by owner John Murray.

Murray said Spout Springs sometimes opens later in the season than other ski resorts because they want to make sure there is enough snow to protect skiers.

“We want everyone to be safe,” he said.

According to the ski area’s website, it first opened in the late 1920s. Since then it has played host to competitions hosted by the Blue Mountain Ski Club, served as the Nordic training center for the United State Olympic team and Norwegian jump team in the 1950s and 1960s, and provided a place for the U.S. Forest Service to hold a ski school.

Bluewood

Bluewood, a ski area outside Dayton, Wash., will also open this season.

Its 2018-2019 season begins Friday. It will run Dec. 14-16 and then daily Dec. 20 through Jan. 1, except Christmas Day. In January it will run Wednesay through Sunday and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

According to a news release from Bluewood, as of Dec. 5 there were 20 inches of snow at the base and 23 inches at the summit. The ski area is also expecting fresh snow early next week.

The Bluewood ski area has added new conveyor lifts in the beginner area and a new yurt at the summit where guests can get a snack or warm drink. The Skyline Express and Easy Rider conveyor lifts are scheduled to run on opening day, while Triple Nickel is yet to be determined.

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