Mt. Ashland closed for second day

    Cory Ross calls this photo (taken in March) “Still winter at Mt. Ashland.”

    Winds gusting over 50 mph have closed Mt. Ashland for a second day.

    "Our mountain operations crew gave a valiant effort to open the ski area today despite high winds that were gusting over 50 mph and have been increasing throughout the morning," the ski area's website says.

    "With the swaying trees and swinging chairs, it would just not be safe to run the lifts for our skiers and snowboarders."

    The weather forecast calls for some new snow, the ski area says. "Our plan is to let these winds do their thing and reopen tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. when the winds are expected to be less horrendous."

    Mt. Ashland opened for the season Dec. 7. It currently has 20 inches of snow at the summit, 19 inches at mid-mountain and 22 inches on the lower mountain, according to the website.

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