Frequent and heavy snows have created dangerous conditions throughout the Shady Mountains. Chief Ranger Bill Jefferson has crews of rangers out looking for avalanche threats. These crews set off avalanches in these danger zones whenever possible.
Heavy snows have opened the ski slopes and ski trails across the region since mid-October. All ski runs throughout the Big Six Mountains report good to excellent conditions on all slopes from beginner to advanced. Big Six Ski Lodge reports they are busy but still have ample rooms, parking, and room on the slopes. Skiers should have no trouble finding a hill or trail to enjoy. Big Six Lodge offers skiing classes for all levels of experience. The lodge offers classes twice per day. Skiers can also ride the Big Six Ski Bus to Big Six Lodge rather than drive themselves. Ski buses stop at Knotty Pine, Junction City, and Canyon City. On weekends, buses also travel to and from Central City. Call Big Six Lodge for more details.