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The spring has been a bit of a dark time in the ski resort industry: Coronavirus basically shut the season down in the second half of March, forcing resorts to lose a big chunk of revenue given that spring skiing and riding is one of the most fun and well-attended times of the entire snow season.

But there’s been a bit of light at the end of the tunnel since. After a decree from Oregon Governor Kate Brown allowed it, Timberline Resort on Mt. Hood and Bend’s Mt. Bachelor have re-opened for spring skiing and riding. Things are obviously a little more subdued this year. Mt. Bachelor only allowed 500 season pass holders to re-access the mountain and riding at both resorts is allowed by appointment only (similar to how California’s Mt. Baldy handled its re-opening). Physical distancing protocols were in place and employees wore masks, along with many of the skiers and riders.

Timberline Lodge has gotten back into the swing. The Lodge is already a traditional late-season training ground for pro-level, and aspiring, skiers and riders so to lose that spring season would have been a big hit to the resort. “Day one of re-opening is in the books,” the resort wrote on its Instagram page. “We’d like to thank everyone who made it up today, we were lucky enough for the sun to peak out and say hello while the snow conditions were typical spring goodness.”

Mt. Bachelor will stay open through May 24, which was its scheduled closing day. Timberline usually stays open into summer so a closing date was immediately apparent. Beartooth Basin, a summer ski resort on the Montana-Wyoming border, has announced it will open on May 30 and stay open through July 5th.

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