Winter is here: Timberline opens full time Friday

Lifts will open on Friday

Snow season started early, and there was plenty of snow at Timberline Lodge on Nov. 9, 2017 (KOIN)

MT. HOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — Timberline Lodge will be open full time starting Friday as the winter weather makes its comeback on the mountain.

Upper mountain lifts will operate from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and lower lifts will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain Manager Logan Stewart says they expect 800 people to hit the slopes on opening day if conditions stick. The opening is earlier than some years, when lifts don’t open until around Thanksgiving.

“Early season ski resort operations are literally evaluated on an hour by hour basis so we don’t know exactly what’s going to be open,” Stewart cautioned.

The snow level on Thursday will hover around 5,000 ft. Snowflakes could fall as low as 1,000 ft.

Winter weather made for treacherous driving conditions on Wednesday as a number of crashes were reported on Highway 26 near Government Camp.