The season at Timberline Resort started better than expected, thanks to a snowy November that gave skiiers at 30-60-inch base.
Jessica Scowcroft, the marketing and public relations manager for the resort, said two more trails are expected to open this weekend and another three in the following week, "depending on how the weather pans out." Sixteen trails are already open.
"We're expecting a very good year," she said. "We are getting a lot of calls from people deciding not to go out west this year. They want to go skiing closer to home."
The trails are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the weekends. Night skiing is available Thursday through Saturday until 9 p.m. Holiday hours through Jan. 1 will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A telemark workshop will be held Dec. 21 at Timberline. The band Luke Jive Talker will be performing Dec. 19 and 20. There is no cover charge for the show.
Scowcroft said lights are being installed on the White Lightning trail, one of the resort's more popular black diamond runs. Those lights should be ready to go by the middle of January, making for an exciting trip down the mountain.
Timberline will again host its annual New Year's Eve celebrations. Reservations are being taken and can be obtained by calling 1-800-SNOWING. The party features dinner, live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. Through the holiday season, there will also be daily specials in the resort's restaurant.
January also promises to be a busy month at Timberline. The resort hosts the Rail Jam Competition on Jan. 10, and the Snowboard GS Race will be featured on Jan. 24. There is also a series of collegiate ski races throughout the winter.