SISTERS, Ore. -- Hoodoo Ski Area is gearing up for a big opening weekend with thousands of visitors expected in the coming days.
According to General Manager Matthew McFarland, the ski resort had a “soft” opening last weekend with about 1,200 people, who were season ticket holders. In a blog post, Hoodoo owner Chuck Shepard said the Linn County Sheriff’s Office monitored the activity. Shepard said the soft opening went “very well” and people rarely waited more than 10 minutes in line.
On Friday morning, the resort opened to everyone for the weekend, but with changes because of COVID-19. McFarland said the restaurant now provides food that is grab-and-go from a window, and the bar is closed. You can still rent equipment, but that is also done through a window.
McFarland said opening up now has been easier since people are used to the changes.
“Conveniently we're opening, like nine months into this (pandemic). So, people are used to the situation,” McFarland said. “They understand what's going on with the masks and the regulations and things like that.”
Because people are encouraged to stay close to home, McFarland said that could be beneficial for business, noting skiing is a socially-distant activity.
“Skiing is definitely a socially-distant activity. Think about having skis on your feet, standing behind somebody else's skis on their feet. You're already six feet away from them. It’s cold outside, so people wear masks,” McFarland said.
Hoodoo will be open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Willamette Pass Ski Resort has not yet announced their opening day as they await more snow.