Sunday, June 23, 2024

Mission Ridge is Open

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Wenatchee – Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort announced that opening day of the 2022-2023 season was Saturday, November 19. The pre-Thanksgiving operations was the earliest opening in 5 seasons. The early opening was made possible by the Ridge’s top to bottom snowmaking system and the best in the Northwest Snowmaking crew combined with significantly higher than average November snowfall. The resort kicked off the season with Chair 1, The Wenatchee Express (Chair 2), Chair 4, and the Pika Peak rope tow scheduled for operation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are off to a great start for what is going to be a very exciting season,” said Josh Jorgensen, Mission Ridge’s General Manager. “We’re rolling out a number of improvements and are most excited about the expansion of night skiing to the top of the mountain and a new magic carpet lift in our learning area. There will be new opportunities for both beginner and advanced skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.”

Mountain Operations Director Brad Whiting added that, “with the early season snowfall, our snowmaking team has capitalized on the cold weather opportunity. In a typical season, it may take up to three weeks of work to make snow from the top to the bottom of the mountain. Taking advantage of 21" of snow and cold weather, we completed snowmaking from the summit to the Base Area in just 9 days. Snowmaking is now expanding to Chair 4, our Terrain Parks, and high-traffic areas.”

Open terrain and ski runs were limited for the opening weekend and additional chairlifts and terrain will open as conditions permit. All of the resort’s services are open with early season menus at the Chair 5 Pub, Ka Wham Cafe, and Midway Lodge restaurants on offer.

Lift ticket prices were discounted to $89 for ages 25-69, $79 for ages 18-24, $69 for ages 13-17, $59 for ages 8-12, $9 for ages 7 & under, and $30 for ages 70+ for tickets purchased in advance and online to reflect the limited opening of chairlifts and terrain.

About Mission Ridge: Mission Ridge is located in North Central Washington, 12 miles south of Wenatchee. The ski area has the second-highest base area in the state at 4,570 feet and is spread over 2,000 acres and 2,250 vertical feet. Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is operated under special use permits from the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. More information about the mountain is available at www.missionridge.com.


 

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