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Mount Ashland

Mount Ashland ski area in winter
Elevation 7532 ft (2295.8 m)
Location Oregon, USA
Range Siskiyou Mountains
Coordinates 42°04′50″N, 122°43′02″W
Topo map USGS Mount Ashland 42122-A6

Mount Ashland is the highest peak in the Siskiyou Mountains. It rises above the eponymous town below (Ashland, Oregon). The Siskiyou Mountains are in the northern Klamath Mountains in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon in the United States. The mountain is part of the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, which encompasses most of the Siskiyou Mountains. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1804x1200, 581 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... A topographical summit is a point on a surface which is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. ... A foot (plural: feet) is any of several old units of distance or length, measuring around a quarter to a third of a meter. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... The Himalaya as seen from the International Space Station A mountain range is a group of mountains bordered by lowlands or separated from other mountain ranges by passes or rivers. ... Siskiyou Mountains The Siskiyou Mountains are a coastal mountain range in the northern Klamath Mountains in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon in the United States. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Example of a topographic map with contour lines Part of the same map in a perspective shaded relief view illustrates how the contour lines of the original follow the terrain Topographic maps, also called contour maps, topo maps or topo quads (for quadrangles), are maps that show topography, or land... The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ... Siskiyou Mountains The Siskiyou Mountains are a coastal mountain range in the northern Klamath Mountains in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon in the United States. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Oregon County Jackson Settled 1852 Mayor John Morrison Area    - City 16. ... The Klamath Mountains are a mountain range in northwest California and southwest Oregon, the highest peaks being Mount Eddy (2744m / 9002) in Trinity County, California, and Mount Ashland (2296m / 7533) in Jackson County, Oregon. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... This article is on national forests in the United States. ...

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Ski Area

Mount Ashland features a ski area, which has 23 trails on 200 acres (80.9 ha) served by 4 lifts, in addition to chute skiing in a glacial cirque called the 'bowl'. The mountain receives over 300 in (762 cm) of snow each year, and the ski season is from early December until mid-April. Half of the terrain is rated as advanced (black diamond), and only 15% is rated beginner (green circle). Lift ticket prices are among the lowest in the Pacific Northwest. An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... A hectare (symbol ha) is a unit of area, equal to 10,000 square metres, commonly used for measuring land area. ... A glacial cirque is a rounded, amphitheater-like basin partially surrounded by steep cliffs formed by glacial erosion. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of length. ... A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ... The Pacific Northwest from space This page is about the region that includes parts of Canada and the US. For the US only region, see Northwestern United States The Pacific Northwest (abbreviated PNW, or PacNW) or Cascadia is a region in the northwest of North America. ...


History

During the 1950s, the mountain was a popular destination for local backcountry ski enthusiasts, some of whom built the lodge and one lift in 1963. In the 1970s, the area was managed by the Southern Oregon State College Foundation (now Southern Oregon University) until it was purchased by Dick Hicks, a local businessman, in 1977. In 1983, the ski area was sold to Harbor Properties of Seattle, the owners of Stevens Pass Ski Area in Washington. During their ownership, 2 new lifts were built and night lighting was installed. In 1991, the city of Ashland purchased the ski resort, funded by a community fundraising campaign and a grant from the Oregon Economic Development fund. The slogan of the community fundraising campaign was: "Save Mount Ashland." Southern Oregon University is a university in Ashland, Oregon. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Stevens Pass is an important pass through the Cascade Mountains located in the northeast corner of King County, Washington. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,824 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ...


Mt. Ashland Timeline:

  • 1929- Cooperative agreement between City of Ashland and U.S.F.S. made for the purpose of conserving and protecting the water supply of the City of Ashland, Oregon.
  • 1963- The Mount Ashland Corporation raised enough money to put construction crews on the mountain during the summer of 1963. Local skiing enthusiasts built the Lodge, Ariel chair, and a T-bar and rope tow through a grassroots effort. Medford businessman Glenn Jackson provided more than half of the initial $120,000 to build the ski lodge.
  • 1970- Southern Oregon State College Foundation managed the ski area.
  • 1975- Memorandum of understanding between U.S.F.S. and City of Ashland. Details an agreement where City of Ashland agrees to hire consultants to monitor conditions of local watershed. Forest Service agrees to assist and implement any measures necessary to maintain quality of the watershed.
  • 1977- Dick Hicks purchases the ski area.
  • 1978- Windsor chair lift is installed.
  • 1983- Ski area sold to Harbor Properties of Seattle. Night lighting, vehicle shop, Sonnet, and Comer chair lifts installed.
  • 1991- $2 million is raised to save Mt. Ashland from bankruptcy. Money for the purchase is raised through donor-restricted contributions and a grant from the Oregon Economic Development fund. The mountain is then donated to City of Ashland who hires Mt. Ashland Association to maintain and operate the ski area.
  • 1992- Lease agreement signed between City of Ashland and Mt. Ashland Association. Option to be renewed or terminated on June 30, 2017. “The sole relation of the parties hereto to be landlord and tenant”.
  • 1996- Memorandum of understanding between U.S.F.S. and City of Ashland. City of Ashland agrees to provide fire protection services within the watershed area. U.S.F.S. agrees to implement a new wildfire prevention plan.
  • 1998- Watershed restoration agreement- “For the purpose of facilitating cooperation between the landowner (City of Ashland) and Forest Service in specific restoration, enhancement, or protection efforts.” “Provides for the interchange of services, equipment, and funds…to meet the mutually agreed upon objectives of the project.”
  • 1998- $17 million expansion plan to double the size of the ski area is proposed by MAA. Met with strong resistance by local environmental groups who oppose logging and construction within the Ashland watershed.
  • 2003- MAA lists their marketable assets as having fair market value of $1,251,093.
  • 2004- Expansion proposal upheld by the U.S.F.S. Proposal includes construction of a new lodge, a new lift serving 72 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain, and 200 more parking spaces.
  • 2005- The City of Ashland requests that Mt. Ashland Association provide a Business Plan showing capital expenditure and operating projections for the planned expansion. Requests that MAA include the following details:

-Projected construction expenditures for each year of the expansion build out. -Projected sources of funds for financing the expansion for each year of the build out. -Projected operating revenues and expenses reflecting historic skier visitation variability for at least a 10-year time frame during and after the expansion build out. -Sources of funding for financing restoration/rehabilitation reserves. -Sources of funding for financing the QA/QC team.

  • August, 2006- MAA submits an “Abbreviated business plan”. Refuses to release many financial details publicly, citing “Obligations to stakeholders”.
  • September, 2006- City of Ashland hires attorney to represent public interests to MAA. MAA threatens to sue City of Ashland for interfering with their business plan.
  • October, 2006- City of Ashland revokes MAA authority to deal directly with the U.S.F.S. MAA is informed that no construction or logging will be allowed until a proper business plan is submitted.

Articles about Mt. Ashland at http://www.ashlandfreepress.com


Expansion

In the late 1990s, an expansion plan for the ski area was proposed, and was met with strong resistance by local environmentalist groups. In December of 2004, the proposal was upheld by the United States Forest Service, and expansion plans were put in action. The expansion will add a new lodge, a new lift serving 72 acres (29.1 ha) of beginner and intermediate terrain, and 200 more parking spaces. The USDA Forest Service, a United States government agency within the United States Department of Agriculture, is under the leadership of the United States Secretary of Agriculture. ... An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... A hectare (symbol ha) is a unit of area, equal to 10,000 square metres, commonly used for measuring land area. ...


Other activities

Mount Ashland is a popular destination in summer for hiking, mountain biking, and sightseeing. The southernmost stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon circles the south and east sides of the mountain. The Spring Thaw mountain bike festival, the largest cycling event in Southern Oregon, is a series of races and events held each year in early March, starting from the town of Ashland and including the lower slopes of Mount Ashland. The Jean Chinn Memorial Mount Ashland Hill Climb Race is a combination road and mountain bike race, starting from the town of Ashland and ending at the Mount Ashland ski area parking lot, with a different route for road and mountain bikes. The Siskiyou Out Back is a 50km (31.1 mile) ultramarathon trail run, starting and ending at the Mount Ashland ski area parking lot. The Pacific Crest Trail is a long-distance mountain hiking and equestrian trail that runs from the United States border with Mexico to its border with Canada. ... An ultramarathon is any running event longer than the traditional marathon length of 42. ...


External links

  • Mt. Ashland at the Crossroads Ashland Free Press Nov 2006
  • Mt. Ashland Association Drops the Ball, Again Ashland Free Press, Jan 2006
  • Mount Ashland Ski Area
  • Wild Mount Ashland, the group opposing the expansion of the ski area
  • Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest
  • Spring Thaw mountain bike festival
  • Jean Chinn Memorial Mount Ashland Hill Climb Race
  • Siskiyou Out Back
  • Maps and aerial photos
    • WikiSatellite view at WikiMapia
    • Topographic map from TopoZone
    • Aerial image from TerraServer-USA
    • Surrounding area map from Google Maps
    • Location in the United States from the Census Bureau


Oregon ski areas
Central Oregon Hoodoo | Mount Bachelor | Willamette Pass
Eastern Oregon Anthony Lakes | Ferguson Ridge | Spout Springs
Mount Hood Cooper Spur | Mt. Hood Meadows | Mount Hood Skibowl | Snow Bunny
Summit Ski Area | Timberline Lodge ski area
Southern Oregon

Mount Ashland | Warner Canyon Central Oregon is a geographical term that is generally taken to apply to the portion of the state of Oregon that is east of the Cascade Range, near the geographic center of Oregon. ... Hoodoo ski area is a mountain resort operated on federal land through agreement with the Willamette national forest, McKenzie River ranger district. ... Mount Bachelor ski area is a ski and snowboard resort located in central Oregon approximately 22 mi (35 km) west of Bend, Oregon, at the end of Oregon Highway 372. ... Willamette Pass is a ski area located in the Willamette and Deschutes national forests in the cascades mountains of Oregon. ... Eastern Oregon is a geographical term that is generally taken to mean the area of the state of Oregon east of the Cascade Range, save the region around the Dalles and sometimes Klamath County. ... Anthony Lakes Ski Area is located in eastern Oregon, near the city of La Grande. ... Ferguson Ridge is a small ski area in northeastern Oregon near the city of Enterprise. ... Spout Springs Ski Area is a ski resort located in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. ... This article is about a mountain in Oregon; for the California Mountain see Hood Mountain Mount Hood is a stratovolcano in northern Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. ... The Cooper Spur Ski Area is located on the northeast side of Mount Hood, Oregon. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mount Hood Skibowl is a recreation area located near Government Camp, Oregon. ... Snow Bunny is a small snow play area located at in Mount Hood National Forest on the south face of Mount Hood in Oregon, USA, about 65 miles (103 km) east of Portland. ... Summit Ski Area in winter Summit Ski Area in summer Summit Ski Area is a small ski park located on Mount Hood, alongside the Mt. ... Timberline Lodge ski area is the ski and snowboarding area of Timberline Lodge National Historic Landmark. ... The region of Oregon south of Lane County and west of or in the Cascade Range, excluding the southern Oregon Coast. ... The Warner Canyon ski area is located in the Fremont National Forest, on land now owned by Lake County, approximately nine miles east of Lakeview, in southern Oregon. ...


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