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Local ski resorts run lifts early, promising season lies ahead

Local ski resorts run lifts early, promising season lies ahead

The air is becoming cooler. The daylight is growing smaller. The rain is coming down harder. For fans of winter sports, this means one thing: time to hit the mountain. The local snow sports destination, Mt. Hood, experienced its first snow storm of the season during the week of Nov 14. Timberline opened its lower mountain lifts on Nov 18 while Mt. Hood Meadows kicked off its season Nov 19. Meadows After Dark began the night of Nov 25, while Timberline After Dark is scheduled to open night skiing and riding on Dec 16. The remaining major Mt. Hood resort, Ski Bowl, is awaiting more snowfall before operating lifts.

Currently, Timberline is operating five out of seven lifts and two out of four terrain parks from 9 a.m. to 3:30 to 4 p.m. Meadows is operating eight out of 12 lifts, including the new Stadium Express, and three out of six terrain parks from 8:55 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Timberline daily ticket rates vary from $38 to $58 and Meadows daily tickets range from $44 to $74. All three ski resorts offer rental and/or lesson packages for those without their own gear or beginner riders and skiers. If you plan to visit the mountain more often, season passes are a convenient alternative to individual lift tickets. The Fusion Pass offers a season ticket to both Timberline and Ski Bowl resorts for just $365. Unlimited season passes to Meadows are $669.

Current forecasts predict snow flurries in the Cascade mountain range throughout this next week.

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While she is known as crazy, talented and certainly enthusiastic, Emily McDonald, senior, is a well-rounded person who is preparing for college. Among her top picks Montana State University or Oregon State University are the two front runners in checking out colleges.  

“I would probably get distracted in Montana because of all the things there is to do there, so my second choice would be Oregon State,” McDonald said.

Captain of the the Girls Varsity Ski Team, McDonald enjoys other out of school activities such as long boarding, horseback riding and writing her own music.  She was dubbed with the nickname Taylor because she writes songs like Taylor Swift, who is one of her favorite music artists. Thinking of the future, McDonald in interested in many careers; she is motivated about the possibility of becoming a ski resort manager or perhaps an emergency room nurse. This is a very large contrast from her first idea of becoming a stunt double. McDonald is interested in extreme activities; it would be a job where she would get to come to work and do what she loves.

McDonald has a passion for writing. She chooses to be on Amplifier  staff because of the people that surround her, and because she is able to get involved with many different activities around the school.

McDonald is on the path to her careers and future, she is known for her enthusiasm and will take that wherever she goes.
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Local ski resorts run lifts early, promising season lies ahead