One of the most popular events at the Warner Canyon Ski Area in 2020 returns — night skiing — from Friday, March 5, through Sunday, March 7.
Last year, with help from Pardue Construction whom supplied the lights, people were able to enjoy night skiing at the Ski Area for the first time in many, many years. For about a decade after the ski area open in the 1940s, night skiing was a yearly activity. After about the mid-1960s the event stopped happening.
Wanting to give local residents a chance to ski at night, instead of having to travel to either the ski resorts in Lake Tahoe or Mt. Bachelor for night skiing the Fremont Highlanders Ski Club worked on bringing it to the region.
The event in 2020 was popular bringing people to the Ski Area not only from Lakeview, but from many of the surrounding communities including: Klamath Falls, Bend, Ashland and more.
One of the goals of 2021 for Fremont Highlanders Ski Club Pres. Barry Shullanberger was bringing back night skiing to the Ski Area. The original date scheduled in January, had to be moved as some of the snow at the Ski Area melted due to warmer temperatures and rain, with no snow making equipment the Ski Area is entirely dependent on snow from the sky for its base. The Fremont Highlanders chose the first weekend as March to give it a go.
Similar to last year around half the mountain will be open for skiing, as the chair lift will take people to the halfway point of the mountain. Along with Pardue Construction, Peterson Cat from Klamath Falls, is helping provide the lights. Which are lights use by road crews doing night work. Hot food and drinks will be available at the Lodge during the night skiing.
Just like last year season passes will not be valid during this event, everyone will need to purchase a lift ticket. Adults cost $20, 17 and under $10, 69 and above $10. On March 5 and 6, night skiing will be from 5 – 9 p.m. and from 5 – 8 p.m. on March 7. During March 6 and 7, the Ski Area will be open its normal operating hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
“Night skiing was such a big hit with the community last year that we wanted to offer it again to skiers and snowboarders. It is a fun experience to ski or snowboard under the lights, see the stars in the sky while you are riding up the chairlift and it just adds a little bit of uncertainty over a shadow on the snow that makes the sport exciting,” said Shullanberger.
“Pardue Construction has really helped out with securing and transporting the lighting. I also want to recognize our volunteer ski patrol folks. They have signed up for additional hours to make the happen.”
The Ski Area is located approximately 14 miles north and east of Lakeview on Hwy. 140.
For more information call 541-947-6001.