Snowy forecasts in the Oregon Cascades delight businesses

The first major winter storm brought snow to the Cascades over the weekend, with more expected

Santiam Pass along Highway 20 in the Cascades, Nov. 24, 2015 (KOIN)
Santiam Pass along Highway 20 in the Cascades, Nov. 24, 2015 (KOIN)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The forecast calls for a snowy December in the Oregon Cascades — and businesses that rely on winter weather couldn’t be happier.

The Register Guard reports Monday that ski resorts, ski shops and mountain tourist towns are gearing up for a white December by making extra hires and planning for crowds.

The first major winter storm brought snow to the Cascades over the weekend, with more expected.

Hoodoo is hiring extra employees on top of the 40 to 50 seasonal workers already hired.

Hoodoo spokesman Leif Williams says the mountain needs 30 inches of hard-packed snow to prepare for skiers and snowboarders.

It already had almost 20 inches as of Sunday night.

Mount Bachelor near Bend opened its first lift Friday, and Mount Hood opened four lifts.