With the help of a loan from Community Bank, the Ferguson Ridge ski area has replaced the old generator for its ski lift.
The new generator, bought from the Cottage Grove Hospital, "... makes it a lot more reliable," said Charlie Kissinger, who was involved with the process. The old generator broke down frequently, and the new one will make getting up the hill quicker and easier on the T-bar.
Kissinger also pointed out that "Fergi" has purchased the gear formerly rented by Wallowa Outdoors with the closing of that business, and will now rent skis, snowshoes and the like themselves.
Fergi offers alpine skiing, 25 kilometers of cross-country course and snowboarding, and includes a terrain park and a half-pipe. The mountain has 600 vertical feet of drop from a 5,800-foot summit, with a longest run of 6,250 feet. Those with questions on the runs, tickets or rentals may contact Kissinger at 432-5252.
When will people be able to hit the slopes? As soon as the snow's ready, and that's usually by Christmas break, Kissinger said. He encouraged interested people to contact him and get involved. "We've got a lot of work to do. There are work parties every Sunday."
Working memberships are available for families at $100 or for individual adults (over 16 only) at $50. A working membership means that you'll put in four days helping keep the course in shape. For those not interested in a working membership, there are 10- and 20-day punch cards available, Kissinger said. Adult cards cost $80 and $120, respectively. Punch cards for children 15-and-under are $60 and $90.