2013 – 2014 snow report

Snow is a remarkably dynamic material. Depending on a wide range of weather and terrain situations, snow may flow as a viscous fluid, deform as an elastic material, or perform as a material capable of transmitting mechanical forces such as torsion, tension and compression. Snow can be springy and resilient, and when a springy resilient section of snow finally breaks, considerable energy may be released.

This series of photographs shows the development of an unusual snowpack in December of 2013. Exceptionally cold weather and snow combined with an uninsulated workshop roof to produce several ranks of rotated icicles. (To see each image full-size, just click.)




Bavarian Night 2014 Canceled

Due to lack of snow.

Your generous donations for the Raffle will be retained by the Patrol and Raffled in a future event.

We have truly missed having guests on the Mountain in this discouraging season.

Thank You all very much for your support!

Canceled: Bavarian Night / Mt. A. 50th Anniversary Celebration!

UPDATE: Due to lack of snow, the event has been canceled.

Join Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol on the mountain March 15, 2014 as we celebrate 50 years of service to Mount Ashland!


Bavarian Night / 50th Anniversary Festivities will include a Torch Light Parade, the best Fireworks show in the Rogue Valley area, and our yearly fundraising Raffle. Proceeds this year will be donated to Mount Ashland.

Event starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 10:00 PM. Lifts will remain open open until 8:30 pm!

If you have items you would like to donate to the Raffle, send an email to Hope at bnitedonations@gmail.com

of course you know this means war

UN investigators have discovered all our snow in Saudi Arabia:

A gentleman in a kaffiyeh contemplates his car buried in snow.

Snow on the ground in Tabuk, northwestern Saudi Arabia

Shown in picture: “Achmed” (not his real name), the Saudi informant who revealed to UN authorities the possible presence of snow.

surface hoar

surface hoar crystals

These unusual ice crystals, called “surface hoar”, were photographed in December of 2010, along the access road to Mt. Ashland.  (Click to view the full-size image.)  Surface hoar develops on cold, clear, windless nights.  When a layer of surface hoar is covered by snow, it can create a persistent weak layer in the snowpack.  Understanding of snow mechanics is key to understanding avalanche hazards.