OK. Here's the announcement all our night pass holders have been waiting for. IT'S ON! We're launching our night operations this Friday - with our lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 9 PM, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then next week we plan on going to our normal lift operational schedule:
- Mondays and Tuesdays 9 AM - 4 PM
- Wednesdays - Sundays 9 AM - 9 PM
Check out our Meadows After Dark page.
Of course, this schedule can change with weather and snow conditions, so always check our snow report. We still have early season snow conditions, and you'll need to watch for unmarked obstacles (even more important at night). But we're excited about being able to offer night riding to our loyal night pass holders - and everyone else who wants to ski or snowboard under the lights!
Night lift passes from 3 - 9 PM are already value priced at just $30. But we do have a couple of night opening specials:
- Bring a can of food (preferably stew, soup or chili) for F.I.S.H. to support needy Hood River area families and get your night pass for $25 (save $5). This offer is valid through December 20.
- Purchase a special $15 online night lift pass to use Wednesday or Thursday, December 18 or 19. Must purchase online by Tuesday, December 17. (Check here for the link which will be up soon!)
- And to our night pass holders - we're offering $39 day lift passes to you through Friday. So come up earlier this week for a great day on the hill, or come up early Friday, pay for some turns and then enjoy your night pass for the rest of the evening!
We'll be offering up learn to ski and snowboard lessons at night - and of course the Alpenstube and Schuss will be open for your dining enjoyment. Rentals and retail will also be operating.
You've been waiting for it - and we're happy to switch on the lights! We'll see you on the mountain soon!
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is offering up some amazing December deals to make pre-holiday skiing and snowboarding incredibly affordable.
"F.I.S.H." Can Drive $59 Adult Lift Pass (Save $15)
In the spirit of the season, Meadows is collecting canned food and other non-perishables to support Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help, which provides meals to those in need in the Hood River Area. F.I.S.H. collects canned vegetables, fruits, soups, stews, tuna as well as macaroni & cheese, hamburger helper type meals, cereals and other non-perishables. What they are in most need of is canned soup, stew and chili. Bring a can of food to get a $59 adult lift pass (a $15 savings).
The rental shop will also collect these items for a $10 savings (Adult rentals will be $30 and juniors $20 with the donation). For a list of recommended items to donate visit the F.I.S.H. web site. The drive and special incentives will go through Friday, December 20, although pass holders and other guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate, even if they aren't receiving the discount.
Meadows Night Pass Holders - $39 Day Lift Pass Price
Meadows Night Pass holders can purchase adult lift passes for just $39 until night operations begin. Normally night passes are valid only from 3 - 9 PM, but until Meadows extends it's schedule into the evening, night pass holders can purchase a day lift pass for just $39 at any point of sale.
Direct to Lift Special $39 Day Lift Price
Meadows Club Card holders and Midweek+ Pass Holders direct-to-lift price of $39 through Sunday, December 15 - a savings of $20 off the regular direct-to-lift price.
Other Season Pass Holder Discount - $39 Day Lift Pass
Meadows is offering a special $39 lift pass to pass holders from other ski areas through Friday, December 20. Meadows is fortunate to have received enough snow and have conditions to operate three high speed quads and offer some excellent early season conditions. Most ski areas in the northwest haven't been able to open yet, or have the conditions Meadows enjoys. Simply show your pass from another ski resort to receive the $39 day lift pass price.
This is a sport that is best shared and enjoyed with a friend. So through Friday, December 20, Meadows is offering it's first time learn to ski or snowboard package which includes a beginner lift pass, equipment rentals and a 2 hour lesson for just $75, including your friend! This is for ages 13 and older and can be purchased at the ski resort, no reservations necessary.
As promised we opened up Shooting Star this morning - which delighted (emphasis on the "light" hint hint) crowd that braved the cold temperatures to find their favorite terrain covered in exquisitely light powder. First tracks on Shooting Star - first of the day and the season. Could it get any better?
Following two days of heroic storm recovery, Cascade Express boarded passengers who were treated to the foot-and-a-half of fresh (in some cases more) deposited by Monday's storm. Sweet goodness - a wellness day on the mountain for sure.
Thanks to Pierce Hodges for the video - it's a playlist so you can see Tuesday's treat as well!
Early season riding is awesome! With such cold temperatures the snow is really light and feathery. Early December presents some of the best powdery conditions, and today was exceptional! Granted it's not a deep base so you need to be aware of unmarked obstacles. But there is a lot of fun to be had on the mountain. Thanks to Pierce Hodges for a great video!
Wednesday we plan on operating Shooting Star. Our lift crews performed storm recovery work Tuesday, and there is prep work that needs to be performed before it opens. But it is scheduled and we do plan on opening Star. Again - early season and unmarked obstacles. We also ask your cooperation in respecting the boundary lines - do not cross a rope line. Let's play together nicely, and have a great day on the mountain!
Lift prices will be $59 for adults ($49 for direct to lift) Wednesday, most likely for the last day. You see, Cascade was also being storm recovered and it's a possibility Wednesday (storm recovery and weather permitting), but most likely Thursday.
As always please check our snow phone (503.227.7669) or snow conditions page for the latest operational and condition updates.
See you here!
Mt. Hood Express is scheduled to operate Tuesday. The quad provides high speed service out of the base area, and accesses more advanced terrain on the front side of the mountain. Meadows lift crews have been working (feverishly) to deice Mt. Hood Express, performing storm recovery in the middle of the ongoing storm!
Speaking of the storm - it deposited 3 to 5 inches at the base area level after turning to snow late last night. But higher up on the mountain - like at the 6600 foot level - we received 16 inches of new snow. It's been snowing and blowing all day, freshening and refreshing the runs. Since the terrain Mt. Hood Express serves has yet to open, Tuesday should offer some great powder turns.
Keep in mind we have early season conditions, be aware of unmarked obstacles and other riders as runs narrow near the bottom. So now that you've been officially warned, we'll see you up here Tuesday 9 AM - 4 PM.
Also scheduled to operate Tuesday are Easy Rider, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet. Cascade Express is also scheduled, pending storm recovery and weather permitting. Wouldn't it be awesome if.....
Adult lift prices will be $59 Tuesday - Juniors (age 7 - 14) are $39 but remember the family deal that up to two Junior day passes can be purchased for $19 each with the purchase of an adult day pass. We'll continue to equipment rental discount of $30 for adults, $20 for juniors.
We'll post our scheduled lifts and any changes on our conditions page.
See you on the mountain!
The major winter storm has arrived and as expected it has a lot of moisture in it! It's wet and windy and it is affecting our lift operations today. Buttercup will operate from 9 - 11 AM and then we will be closing early and getting ready for Monday.
The forecast is promising - with the freezing level dropping and having the potential to drop a lot of snow overnight:
- Tonight Rain before 11pm, then snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 25. Windy, with a west wind 47 to 49 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 17 to 23 inches possible.
- Monday Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to around 21 by 5pm. Windy, with a west wind 28 to 33 mph decreasing to 22 to 27 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
Daisy, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet are scheduled from 9 AM - 4 PM Monday. With this forecast Cascade most likely won't operate due to wind and visibility. There's a lot of prep work before we can get any of our other high speed quads operating. Remember we had an 17" snowpack before this storm hit, so we need to let the snow settle a bit before we can get cats on it. Tuesday is more likely than Monday for additional lift operations and added terrain.
Keep checking our snow phones, condition page, Facebook and Twitter for updates.
We have some wild weather coming in – a winter storm that has a potent precipitation punch and freezing levels bouncing up and down like a yoyo – eventually dropping to surface levels where they’ll stay for the week. The good news is both elements for some great snowpack building are there - precipitation and cold weather. Depending on when it gets cold enough we could have snow starting Sunday – or Sunday evening – or early Monday morning. Regardless we are going with our daily operating schedule - 9 AM - 4 PM for now - expanding terrain and lifts as we receive more snow. It’s awesome - the season has officially begun!
Timing is everything with storms at Meadows. This particular storm system may or may not affect our scheduled lifts operations which at this time is Cascade 9 AM – 3 PM, and Daisy and Buttercup from 9 AM – 4 PM along with the Ball Room Carpet. Cascade Express operations could be affected by high winds and low visibility. With the variable freezing level we could see all that happening at the same time – snowing up above and raining down below. We’ll definitely be riding out the storm right along with the many adventurous storm rider souls who live for riding these powerful systems. We invite you to come on up and join us!
We have all the great Holiday Weekend Specials going on including:
$39 Adult Lift Pass and $29 Pass for ages 7 - 14
$30 Adult Equipment Rentals and $20 for ages 7 - 14
Winter White Weekend Sale specials - with up to 70% off merchandise in our sport shops!
2-for-1 Learn to Ski or Snowboard special for ages 13 and older
And some great Culinary specials:
Apres Ski Menu (special Beer, wine and food pricing) will be available ALL DAY in the Alpenstube
Alpenstube Bar fabulous hot or cold specialty drinks prepared fresh for you by our master mixologists
- Special pricing from $3.75 to $6.00 (reg. 7.25-9.25)
Lunch at the Alpenstube featuring our new Hot and Juicy Grilled Black Angus Burger…the very BEST Ski Burger on Mt. Hood! 1/3# fresh from the Northwest all-natural beef with no added hormones or antibiotics.
- Hamburgers - $4.95 (reg, 6.50)
- Cheeseburgers - $5.95 (reg. 7.25)
- Bacon Cheeseburgers - $6.95 (reg. 9.25)
SCHUSS GRILL For Breakfast - Our Famous Meadow Muffin Breakfast Sandwich - $3.95 (reg. 5.95)
Meadows Parks will offer Shipyard and The Zoo.
Our Nordic Center will not operate Sunday - we’ll evaluate conditions for a possible Thursday opening.
As always - check our conditions page for the latest lift operational schedule and snow conditions.
Now, looking ahead this week:
We expect to be full on snowing and blowing Monday morning – we just don’t know how much new snow we’ll have. So please stay tuned to updates on the website, snowphone and our Facebook, Twitter and other social media feeds. Llift operations will most likely be a Daisy, Buttercup and Ballroom Carpet day, although Cascade Express is still scheduled (weather permitting). We’re extending all of the great holiday specials, including lift pass pricing, rental pricing, the Culinary service specials, and the Winter White Sale in our sport shops. This is an awesome opportunity to purchase the best gear at the lowest prices - not to mention holiday shopping for your friends and family.
Mountain Ops will be working hard throughout this storm cycle to open up more terrain and lifts as quickly as possible. We’ll have a much clearer picture once we get through Sunday’s wild weather so stay tuned for regular updates.
And by Wednesday...
We are shooting for normal operations by Wednesday. The 10 day is forecasting cold temps and more moisture moving in later in the week. That should set us up nicely for some awesome December turns and additional park features. The Winter Brewfest is Saturday - we’re definitely looking forward to making a toast to the season at that event.
It’s great to see the weather lining up to bring us snow. And it’s also great to have a crew that’s committed to making the most of whatever the weather brings us. Most of all we’re Thankful this holiday for you our guests. We thank you for your patience, which we believe will be rewarded soon.
We'll leave you with this photo Natalie from mComm shot on the mountain today!
See you on the mountain!
A major storm is blowing in this weekend which has the potential to dump lots of snow. We're planning on operating daily from 9 AM - 4 PM beyond this holiday weekend. So yes, we plan on being open Monday, Tuesday, and every day the rest of the season. Now what will be open and what lifts can operate will be determined by the storm and snow conditions. We'll update operations on our conditions page.
thanks for all your prayers and snow dances. We'll see you on the mountain soon!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Preview Weekend. We had so much fun we’re scheduling four lifts to operate from 9 AM - 4 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday this holiday weekend. Scheduled are Cascade Express, Daisy, Easy Rider and Buttercup, plus the Ballroom Carpet for beginner and kids lessons. [Check out our Flickr page for Preview Weekend Photos]
Purchase online and use Friday, Saturday or Sunday this holiday weekend. Must purchase by midnight Thursday, 11.28.13 - and the lift pass must be used by 12.1.13. See you on the mountain this holiday weekend!
We are so thankful for the efforts of our talented and dedicated team, that made the Preview Weekend possible. Just watch the video to see how spectacular the weekend was - especially up on Cascade.
Lift passes will be $39 for adults, $19 for juniors 7 - 14 and $10 for 6 and under. We’ll also rent ski and snowboard equipment for $30 for adults and $20 for juniors 14 and under.
Our ski and snowboard school will be fully operational - offering group and private lessons as well as daily Kidski and Kidsride lessons. Friendship will be celebrated - we’re offering the 2-for-1 learn to ski or snowboard with a friend for free special for ages 13 and older.
The whole holiday weekend will be special at Meadows. Our sport shops will kick off the Winter White Sale - with savings of 50 to 70% off last year’s outerwear, 70% off last year’s demos and 50% off last year’s new ski and snowboard equipment.
Getting up to the mountain following your holiday meal is a great way to get exercise - come on up and carve some turns after you’ve carved up the turkey. And as great as left overs are, plan on joining us - our culinary services team is preparing some great specials.
For Breakfast: Our Famous Meadow Muffin Breakfast Sandwich - $3.95 (reg. 5.95)
For Lunch: Come and try our new Hot and Juicy Grilled Black Angus Burger…the very BEST Ski Burger on Mt. Hood!...cooked on our brand new high capacity grill. It is 1/3# fresh from the Northwest all-natural beef with no added hormones or antibiotics.
- Hamburgers - $4.95 (reg, 6.50)
- Cheeseburgers - $5.95 (reg. 7.25)
- Bacon Cheeseburgers - $6.95 (reg. 9.25)
ALPENSTUBE RESTAURANT AND BAR (and the ALPENSTUBE ON THE DECK weather permitting)
Come and try one of our new for 2013-14 fabulous hot or cold specialty drinks prepared fresh for you by our master mixologists. Special pricing from $3.75 to $6.00 (reg. 7.25-9.25)
Also, our Apres Ski Menu (special Beer, wine and food pricing) will be available ALL DAY for all three days.
We’ll be pumping up the vibe in Shipyard - which will be embellished from the three lines offered Preview Weekend.
The "Party in the Park" will be presented Friday from Noon - 3 PM. Music, swag, pro appearances and a lot of fun in this open jam. Check out this video of Shipyard by Pierce Hodges.
We invite you to join us this holiday weekend. We’re thankful for everything we have to offer, and most of all for the opportunity to share this wonderful mountain with you!
Spectacular weather greeted guests Saturday - day one of Meadows' "Preview Weekend". The good news that Cascade Express was added to the lift schedule - and sunshine would soften the upper level snow excited those turning out for their first turns of the season.
They weren't disappointed. Cascade offered up some excellent groomed runs - although the terrain is limited. We caution that it is early season and you need to watch for unmarked obstacles, but for a pre-Thanksgiving preview the groom is pretty darn good.
Shipyard was also set with three lines: 1) Flat box, flat-down box, flat box. 2) Flat rail, picnic table. 3) Down rail, elbowed corrugated pipe. All lines lead into the Ball-Cano.
Steve Warila Photo
Those who took a break from freestyling or taking turns on Cascade enjoyed the Alpenstube on the Deck, basking in the November sun. Meadows also opened up the relocated Higher Grounds featuring espresso drinks, smoothies and eventually waffles, all served inside pass holder services (isn't that convenient)!
Sunday should be identical to Saturday - the weather forecast is unchanging and we'll get the groomers out for some great riding on Sunday! We're not scheduled to operate Monday - Wednesday, and we'll evaluate the weather and conditions to determine our Thanksgiving holiday schedule. See you Sunday!
Nordic Center Operates Sunday and Monday
The Nordic Center will open with 1 KM of trail (out to Sahalie Falls and back) Sunday and Monday, from 9 AM - 4 PM each day. There will be set track and skating. $10 track fee, Nordic pass holders are free! We'll have lessons and rentals available. The HRM lot will be open for Nordic parking only.
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort will run the Cascade Express high speed quad on its Preview Weekend Saturday and Sunday, scheduled from 9 AM - 3 PM. The Daisy lift, Buttercup and the Ball Room Carpet are also scheduled to operate from 9 - 4 each day. Resort officials expect two runs off of Cascade - the popular Boulevard and Gulch runs - will be open, but caution that the runs are narrow, with a thin snowpack. It is not the same wide open experience Cascade is known for, but it will add more advanced terrain. Cascade takes riders up to the 7,300 foot level, for awesome views and longer runs than the lower lifts.
The Preview Weekend lift price remains at $29 for adults, which includes up to four 14 and under lift passes for free!
Unlimited season pass holders can use their passes - pass holder services will be open by 8 AM for picture taking and issuing new passes. Midweek+ pass holders can go direct to lift this weekend and be auto-charged the $29. 10 Time Pass holders can use their passes, but it will take one of the days. And Meadows Club Card holders can use their pass but it will use up their first free day (so you might want to purchase the $29 lift pass).
Mt. Hood Meadows will offer a preview weekend - with limited operations from 9 AM - 4 PM this Saturday and Sunday. Resort officials say three lifts - Cascade Express (9 AM - 3 PM), Daisy and Buttercup are scheduled, along with the “Fun Zone” serviced by the Ball Room Carpet over the snow conveyer for adult and children’s lessons.
The resort reports a 19 inch base and early season conditions apply to the limited terrain that is open, so skiers and snowboarders should be aware of unmarked obstacles. Meadows received a foot of new snow over the weekend, which has been cat packed on the lower mountain. The snowpack is supplemented by the new high capacity trailer which has been hauling parking lot snow to the lifts to build ramps.
The resort is offering “Preview Weekend” pricing of just $29 for adult (15 and older) lift passes. Ages 14 and under are free with adult lift pass purchase. Equipment rentals are also discounted - just $30 for adults and $20 for juniors. The equipment rental center is a good choice for early season conditions.
The Shipyard rail park will be open with several rail features for free styling.
The ski and snowboard school will be fully operational, offering group and private lessons for adults and kids, including the resort’s state certified Day Care Center. The special “2-for-1” learn to ski or snowboard with a friend package will be offered on preview weekend. Two adults (ages 13 and older) can receive the learn-to-ski or snowboard beginner package for the price of one - just $75 total! The package includes a Fun Zone and Buttercup lift pass, two hour lesson and equipment rentals.
Culinary services will be serving up breakfast and lunch at the Schuss Grill with lunch and après ski in the Alpenstube, and Alpenstube On The Deck. The newly expanded Higher Grounds coffee cafe will serve up fresh ground coffee and smoothies this preview weekend.
Outer Limits Sports and the High Performance Center will be open for outer wear, hard goods and last minute accessory (gloves and goggles) purchases. The HPC will be boot fitting, tuning and waxing equipment - it’s a great time to drop off your gear and get it tuned up for the season as well as take advantage of the Master Fit certified boot fitters to get your boots dialed for an excellent day on the hill.
The shops will also offer some pre-Black Friday deals with discounts up to 70% off on select last season outerwear and hard goods, as well as up to 20% off on select fresh out of the box 2013/2014 gear. Shop now as this is the best selection and best pricing that you will find anywhere on the newest ski gear available! Free mounting is offered on any ski/binding purchase.
Pass holder services will be open by 8 AM each morning for those needing to have their new passes issued.
Meadows will offer the preview weekend, and then evaluate conditions for the Thanksgiving holiday. At this time the resort is not planning operations for Monday - Wednesday of next week. The weather and the efforts of the talented mountain crew will determine the holiday operational schedule, which will be determined and announced closer to Thanksgiving.
Effective immediately, uphill traffic will be allowed only on designated climbing routes - no uphill traffic within the permit area as Meadows crews and equipment are on the mountain preparing for opening.
Meadows has received a foot of snow since Friday afternoon - with a forecast indicating it could continue into Sunday. While this isn’t enough for us to open (yet) - we do see good things in the forecast. So much so that we are harvesting the snow from the parking lot to put to use on the slopes.
For this purpose, Meadows rented a high capacity snow hauler - a snowcat with a dump truck box bed. We rented it last season as well to load snow from the parking lot. The snow is transported to base area lifts to build the load ramps. It is especially important at the Mt. Hood Express to build out the load area to accommodate our RFID gate mazes. We also use the snow to build features in Shipyard so we can get a Freestyle park open early in the season.
We have a very creative and industrious grooming and vehicle maintenance crew, which teamed up to build a trailer version of the snow hauler The trailer is retrofitted from an old snow cat. The box bed is built on the chassis and the cat tracks provide the over the snow ability to transport the snow. While it takes more expertise to haul the trailer, it carries more snow per load.
Our crews are working hard to make the most of this snowfall, in anticipation of an opening soon, hopefully by Thanksgiving. Mother Nature needs to cooperate, but we’re doing everything we can to make the most of what she gives us.
We also received two new Piston Bully 400 snow cats. We’ll use these for general slope grooming, replacing older models as part of our plan to keep our grooming fleet state-of-the-art, and one of the most advanced in the Northwest.
Photos by Steve Warila
Meadows will be at the Portland Ski Fever and Snowboard Show November 15-17 at the Expo Center in a big way. We’ve expanded the space to accommodate our guests who will be able to get information on every aspect of recreating at Meadows this season.
BUDDY UP for Early Season Pass Pricing
We understand that many guests thought the deadline for season passes was the ski show (as it has been in past years), and are now concerned about missing that deadline. So we pulled a page out of our pass play book and are offering a “Buddy Up” special at the ski show. Bring a friend (or several friends) to the ski show, and you can get the early season price on your season pass when purchased together. So when two or more passes are purchased together at the show, you’ll get the early season price.
We’ll have our pass cameras to take pictures and issue passes right at the ski show. You can get discount coupons for the ski show at this link.
RIGLET TOUR STOP
It’s the biggest tour stop for the Burton Riglet Tour - we’re building an awesome deck with ramps to introduce ages 3 to 6 to Snowboarding. Using the Burton Riglet system, our phenomenal coaching staff will give the young ones their first lesson, and actually give them the feel and sensation of riding. It’s a great way to get ready for the season. We’ll have T-Shirts for the first 100 kids each day, along with tattoos and stickers!
SNOW SPORTS SERVICES
Meadows operates the largest ski and snowboard school in the Northwest. And all of our learning program products, packages and services will be on display at the ski show. Talk to our trusted advisors about what learning program will be ideal for you, or for your family. You’ll be able to sign up for upcoming sessions - Adult Clinics, Kids Holiday Camps, Weekend Youth and Adult Midweek sessions starting in January, or even daily kids and adult ski school lessons. Our professionally certified instructors are passionate about the sport and sharing it with you. Get stoked and stop by Snow Sports Services at the ski show.
Everyone knows the best deals of the season can be found at the ski show. Our sports shops are no exception - with last year’s new and demo skis and snowboards discounted up to 70% off the regular retail price. There are also great deals on outerwear and accessories to keep you warm and comfortable on the slopes, without breaking the bank.
HOOD RIVER DESTINATION PROPERTIES
Meadows has teamed up with Hood River and 14 lodging properties to offer guests greatly discounted lift passes. One day passes are $49 when staying at these properties - and there’s also a special 3-day pass for just $99! Junior lift passes are $30 a day. Hood River complements a Meadows getaway, whether for a weekend or the entire week. The 3-day pass can be used 3 of 5 days, to give you flexibility to explore the Gorge and enjoy the many dining, entertainment and retail experiences Hood River offers. These lodges also offer the 3 Time Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package for just $99 - so you can take a mini-vacation and learn to ski or snowboard.
MEADOWS GROUPS AND EVENT CATERING
Mt. Hood Meadows has become a featured event site for corporate meetings, team building sessions, recognition and rewards or client appreciation events. Find out how you can easily organize a group outing to Meadows, and let our group specialists take care of all the arrangements. Whether you’re just looking for a good deal on lift passes and rentals for a group of 15 or more, or want to put together a catered event, with private instruction, guided tours and a recognition program, we can put it together for you. And if you’re thinking about an awesome location for a wedding, we can make those arrangements, too.
Let’s face it, with an average of 100+ buses arriving at Meadows each week, we’re in the transportation business! Our weekend and midweek transportation programs will be featured at the ski show, as will our partnerships with shuttle services.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Portland Ski Fever and Snowboard Show, November 15-17 at the Expo Center!
Greatest selection and variety of new skis, snowboards, boots, accessories and winter apparel.
Manufacturers reps from dozens of ski and snowboard companies will attend
Largest selection and greatest variety of 2014 equipment available
The Outer Limits and High Performance Center will kick off the season with a two-day celebration at Mt. Hood Meadows Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd. The shops will have the Manufacturer’s representatives from Anon, Atomic, Blackstrap, Blizzard, Bonfire, Burton, Celtek, Dragon, Dynastar, Electric, Fischer, GNU, Hestra, K2 Skis, K2 Snowboards, Kjus, Lange, Lib Tech, Marmot, Neff, Never Summer, Nike, Nikita, One Ball Jay, Poc, Pow Gloves, Rossignol, Roxy, Salomon Skis, Salomon Snowboards, Skullcandy, Smith, Stance, Tecnica, and Volkl will be available in the shops each day to meet, greet, interact and educate guests who are interested in new gear and apparel.
The kick off will offer up the best insight and knowledge on 2014 equipment for those looking not only for the best deals but the best advice on the equipment that will fit their skiing and riding styles.
HPC techs and MasterFit-certified boot fitters will be available from 9 AM - 4 PM both days to assess your existing equipment and recommend ways to get the most from your skis, board and boots this coming winter. Meadows pass holders will receive 20% off regular retail pricing with added discounts on select equipment and apparel. Guests can also get their season pass pictures taken and passes issued, get one-on-one assistance from retail sales staff, techs and boot fitters, and shop the huge inventory of 2014 gear!
The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society presented it’s 21st Annual Winter Weather forecasting conference at OMSI. The takeaway for the season - it’s a neutral year with a slight leaning towards La Nina - which should bring average to above average snowfall to the Cascades. Meteorologist Jim Little’s forecast will delight skiers and snowboarders - with above average snow fall predicted and opening before Thanksgiving. Hydrologist / Meteorologist Kyle Dittmer - sees a decent winter of snow with a great ending - lots of snow activity in March and April!
Watch the movie for details - and then join in the Snow Dance at the end of the video. #SnowGetDown
Keep an eye on the Oregon AMS web site for the detailed presentations.
Mt. Hood Meadows already has the most advanced grooming fleet on Mt. Hood. Tuesday, the first of three new snowcats for this season arrived - the Prinoth BR 350. It's an elegant machine - but don't let looks fool you. It loves steep mountain slopes, and massive volumes of snow, particular challenges.
The BR 350 is a nimble power pack for perfect grooming, even under extreme situations. Powerful, reliable, hardworking. Just like our grooming crew!
It's a real climbing freak. The BR350s unique snow surface conforming suspension gives this class leader extraordinary climbing performance, even in extremely difficult snow and terrain conditions. The POSIFLEX tiller gives perfect results - no matter the snow conditions.
It's the number 1 groomer in North America for the past 7 years! And we're proud to have it in our fleet!
The snow from Monday and Tuesday grew to half-a-foot in the base area. It most likely will be gone by the weekend, but even so the fresh taste tends to bring out the most passionate enthusiasts who want to hike for some turns. That's OK, but please keep this in mind:
We are in the transition period from summer/fall maintenance and projects to active ski season preparations and set up.
Up until the time we begin active set-up for winter operations i.e. track-packing/grooming, ramp building, chair seat installation, avalanche mitigation efforts, running rope/closures, tower-pads, etc. we will not enforce our no up-hill travel policy that is in place throughout the winter.
- There is currently no patrol or other assistance available.
- There is no hazard marking (low snow conditions create unexpected and barely visible hazards).
- Visitors are on their own and we strongly encourage that they go elsewhere.
- Once we start set-up we will no longer allow up-hill travel.
- As always sledding is not allowed (there are many other areas on Mt. Hood that accommodate that activity).
If you do come up our Sports Shops are open from 10 AM - 4 PM Wednesdays - Sundays, and you can get your season pass picture issued (or purchase a pass as well). Those who have their 2013/14 pass (or have renewed last year's pass) will receive 20% off all the new product in our sports shops!
Check out our Deep Snow ski selection - according to George Taylor's season forecast - you're going to need them!
Early snow and a lot of it. That's a great winter forecast. Former State Climatologist and President of Applied Climate Services addressed the Oregon AMS chapter Wednesday evening. He shared his winter forecast which he says should be a good one for Mt. Hood Meadows.
Taylor found five "analog" years - past years that are tracking similarly to this year leading up to winter. Four of those five years saw snowfall totals substantially above average - 50% or more! The measurements are made at the Government Camp weather station at the 4,000 foot level. Snowfall totals are amplified at Meadows higher elevation (between 4500 - 7300 feet).
Taylor also notes those seasons started early, with openings by or before Thanksgiving. So this is great news for winter enthusiasts.
Taylor won't be presenting at the AMS "What will winter bring" meeting October 26 at OMSI. But several other noted climatologists will make their presentations with the benefit of one more month's worth of weather data. That's an event we are definitely looking forward to!
Mt. Hood Meadows summer improvements included allocating more terrain for lower level learning, stepped up trail maintenance on the lower mountain, an ice melt project on the Sun Deck and connecting the resort to the world through fiber optics. Here's what these improvements will mean for our guests!
Reallocated Terrain for Training
Meadows is allocating more terrain to training, particularly for those beginners transitioning into intermediate level. Meadows has repurposed 4 acres of terrain formerly used by terrain parks. The terrain, serviced by the resort's "Easy Rider" lift will be used in learning classes to accelerate the natural progression. The area will also be family friendly for parents to take young children to advance their skill levels.
Stepped Up / Stumped Out Trail Maintenance
Meadows summer trail maintenance focused on the lower mountain, cutting brush on more than 20 acres on the Hood River Meadows runs. This terrain includes Meadows' two most popular terrain parks Forest Park and Park Place. The brush removal should allow for earlier opening and more consistent grooming throughout the season. A special emphasis on stump removal on six kilometers of Nordic trails should allow the Nordic Center to require less snowpack to open, assuring early season and lead season operations.
This photo was taken on Lower Tamarack. Brush this tall or taller is prevalent throughout the very bottom of the HRM ski runs. Snow pressure and our groomers have traditionally bent over the brush, so it wouldn't take 10 feet of snow to cover it. But this brush cutting should allow us to open the mountain earlier with good coverage. The runs we worked on that had this type of growth were Willow, HRM Face, the edge of Ski Way and Lower Tamarack.
Sun Deck Ice Melt Project
The Paradise Sun Deck got a face lift – that is, 3000 square feet (about a quarter of the decks cement surface) was removed, to install ice melt. The Sun Deck is a very popular spring attraction, but heavy snows in the heart of winter have limited usage, even on sunny days. The ice melt will allow the Alpenstube Restaurant to extend sit down service outdoors whenever the weather allows. Guests will enjoy the sunshine outdoors December – February, just like March and April thanks to the ice melt project.
Fiber Connected for Social Networking
The bandwidth to Meadows will be increased by nearly 20 times with a new fiber optic line connecting the resort to the rest of the world. This will allow resort guests to stay connected for business and socially, with increased band width and wifi hot spots throughout the resort.
Meadows offers the ultimate in alpine play, and this season you'll be able replay and share your visits with the AlpineReplay App. AlpineReplay will tell you which lifts and trails you’ve ridden, along with your speed, vertical, calories, distance, airtime, tricks and more. Medals are offered for achieving different levels, you can challenge friends and it can all be shared with your friends and replayed later for your enjoyment.
Meadows has joined Claim My Run so guests can post videos of their runs. Contests will be held throughout the season to determine the most popular posts and the site will provide a great visual guide for guests to virtually visit the resort.
Three New Grooming Machines
Meadows will maintain it's reputation for superior grooming with the acquisition of three new snow cats, including one specifically designed for terrain park sculpting and maintenance. Adding to our already state-of-the-art fleet will be a Prinoth BR-350, a PistenBully 400 and a PistenBully 400 Park Pro Series.
A Bright Idea - For Energy Reduction
LED Night Light Trial – a totally illuminating experiment! The resort will add two high output LED fixtures to an existing pole. LED lights require 75% less energy, and can be more dependable in extreme weather situations than the more volatile high wattage high intensity discharge lamps currently being used. The test will determine whether LED lights provide improved reliability, brightness and illumination over the standard fixtures, and if so will lead to huge energy savings. Another advantage to the LEDs are immediate energizing following power flickers, instead of the longer warm up time required by high intensity lamps.
Pricing Rollbacks to 2011/12 Season – no more Peak Day Pricing
Meadows has reduced season pass and day pass pricing, and eliminated the "Peak Pricing" model introduced last season. The resort has also introduced a "Family Day Pass" - allowing an adult to purchase up to two junior (age 7 – 14) passes for just $19 each with the purchase of an adult day pass ($74).
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Mt. Hood Meadows will operate in May - at least the first weekend anyway - thanks to Wells Fargo. Meadows is scheduled to operate daily through April 27, and now, thanks to Wells Fargo we'll operate May 3rd and 4th. That means pass holders will be able to continue their season thanks to Wells Fargo's generosity. Unlimited passes and any days remaining on 10 Time Passes will be honored, and Midweek+ and Meadows Club Card holders will receive direct to lift discounts.
Meadows expects to expand on-snow activities and events in May, and we're seeking additional sponsors to add more weekends in May.
Mt. Hood Meadows pass holders will be able to treat friends to discount day lift passes this season. The resort is adding five discount "Buddy Passes" to it's long list of benefits for pass holders. The Buddy Pass allows the pass holder to bring a friend (or friends) for just $59 each (limit five for the season). The 6 and under season pass is not included, but all other loyalty passes (passes with a picture on it) qualify. That includes Unlimited Passes, Midweek+ passes, Night Passes, 10 Time Passes and the Meadows Club Card.
Resort Executive Director of Communications Dave Tragethon says the resort is addressing the two major concerns expressed by pass holders last season. "First, we've rolled back season pass pricing to the 2011/12 season, making the pass a tremendous value. Now we've added a way for pass holders to treat their friends with the Buddy Pass at a significantly reduced price - just $59."
The resort has done away with Peak Day pricing introduced last season, which increased the price of the lift pass to $89 on peak weekends and holidays. This season - no more Peak pricing - so a lift pass will be $74, valid 9 AM - 4 PM Mondays and Tuesdays; or 9 AM - 6 PM Wednesdays through Sundays when the resort offers night skiing. A day pass can be extended to 9 PM those nights for an additional five dollars.
"This makes Meadows season passes, and the $59 Buddy day passes real bargains, since they are not restricted. The Buddy pass can be purchased by the pass holder any day," states Tragethon.
Meadows season passes are on sale now at early season discounts through November 3. Click to see all the pass holder benefits.
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MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has significantly reduced lift pass pricing for the 2013/14 season, rolling back prices to 2011/12. An adult day lift pass will be $74, a $15 reduction from last season’s peak weekend price of $89. The resort announced it will not have the peak / off-peak schedule for pricing tried last season.
The adult day pass provides all-day access from 9 AM – 6 PM (4 PM Mondays and Tuesdays when lift close at 4). Adults can upgrade for just $5 more for access Wednesday – Sunday evenings through 9 PM.
Reload Card Offers Discount & Direct-To-Lift Convenience
| Lift Pass
| Adult (Age 15-64)
|| 9 AM - 4 PM or 6 PM*
| Reload Card**
|| 9 AM - 9 PM
| Adult Afternoon
|| Noon - 4 PM or 6 PM*
| Adult Afternoon to Evening
|| Noon - 9 PM
| Junior (Age 7 - 14)
|| 9 AM - 9 PM
| Senior (Age 65 - 74)
|| 9 AM - 9 PM
| Senior (Age 75+)
|| 9 AM - 9 PM
| Child (Age 6 & Under)
|| 9 AM - 9 PM
|| 3 PM - 9 PM
| Buttercup & Ballroom Carpet
|| 9 AM - 9 PM
| Ballroom Carpet Fun Zone Only
|| 9 AM - 9 PM
| * Lifts are scheduled 9 AM - 4 PM Mondays & Tuesdays and from 9 AM - 9 PM Wednesdays - Sundays.
| ** Reload Card Rates for those claiming their card and reloading it online in advance for a return visit.
Meadows installed RFID gates last season – guests wear their pass in their jacket (no “ticket and wicket”) making for a much more convenient and streamlined lift line experience. Guests are encouraged to recycle their day pass by turning it back into the resort at the end of the day. Or they can keep the pass and “claim” it online, purchasing their next visit in advance for just $69. The card can be reused or reloaded for future visits at a discount – a much more sustainable approach than the ticket which became invalid after each day’s use.
New FREE 75 and Older Passes
The resort is offering FREE season passes to those 75 and older this season (no restrictions, valid every day). The resort also reduced the price of a Junior (age 7 – 14) lift pass to $39, the senior (age 65 – 74) lift pass to $49 and beginner (Buttercup and Ballroom Carpet) lift pricing to $39.
New Family Deal
Meadows Club Card Offers Terrific Value
Families will save money at Meadows – with each $74 adult day pass, up to two 7 -14 year old passes can be purchased at just $19 each. This special family offer is valid all days (no weekend or holiday restrictions) and can be purchased at any lift window.
The resort will also the Meadows Club Card for $89 – a loyalty pass that offers the 1st and 5th time free, and every 5th thereafter for free. In between the passholder is “auto-charged” $59.
Loyalty Passes Still The Best Value!
The most affordable pricing is offered to those purchasing loyalty passes by the November 3 deadline at pricing which pays for itself usually in 7 visits or less. Meadows also offers discounted lift tickets to groups of 15 or more, to guests of select lodging properties, when packaged with special transportation, lesson and/or rental packages.
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has announced it is rolling back season pass and day lift pass pricing to the 2011/12 season. The resort has announced it will not have Peak / Off-Peak pricing which will dramatically decrease the price on weekend and holiday lift pricing this season - a drop from $89 last year to $74 this season!
Purchase By November 3rd for your best deal on individual passes!
Mt. Hood Meadows is offering individual discounts on season passes purchased online at www.SkiHood.com by November 3rd.
These prices will also be available when you BUDDY UP at the Portland Ski Show November 15 - 17. Purchase two or more passes together at the ski show and get these rolled back prices!
|| By 11.3.13
|| Full Price
| Student 15-22
| Child 6&Under
| Senior 65-74
| Super Senior 75+
| 10X PASS
|65+ w/Bus Includes 8 midweek bus rides on Meadows Midweek Bus Program
Season passes will still provide the best value at the resort – particularly when purchased by November 3. The Unlimited Pass offers daily lift access from opening day through the announced closing date of April 27, 2014, one of the longest ski seasons in the country. And if the resort extends operations into the May or June time frames, the passes will continue to be honored. Pass holders also receive benefits such as 10% off rental equipment, demo equipment, retail purchases in Outer Limits Sports and the High Performance Center and restaurant discounts.
This season pass holders will also receive five discounted "Buddy Passes" - allowing their friends to purchase a day lift pass for $59 (Buddy Passes not included with the 6 & Under pass).
All passholders will enjoy the added convenience of the RFID access gates installed at every lift last season. The gates allow passage without having to physically display or scan a pass – no more waiting in line while others fumble for their passes for scanning.
Midweek+ and Meadows After Dark Night Specialty Passes
Meadows specialty passes offer great value for those whose schedules allow midweek or night riding. The midweek pass is $399 when purchased by November 3 ($499 after) and is good every Monday - Friday. The Meadows After Dark night pass is $129 and offers night riding from 3 - 9 PM Wednesday - Sunday evenings during the night operating season.
New “Direct to Lift” Credit Card-Backed Products
One of the many benefits of RFID gates is affordable “pay as you go” products, so the passholder receives direct to lift convenience (no stop at a ticket window) and their credit card is auto-charged at pre-determined discounted rates.
The Midweek+ Pass is $399, and includes all week days. The “plus” means the passholder can use the pass on weekends, and be auto-charged $59 directly at the lift.
The Meadows Club Card is $89 and offers the 1st and 5th days of skiing FREE! Your 2nd, 3rd and 4th visits will be auto-charges at $59 (saving up to $15), Club Card members receive additional FREE days every 5th visit (5th time, 10th time, 15th time, etc.). Members also receive a $5 discount off night tickets (normally $30 – these visits do not count towards free days).
Meadows Club Card members and Midweek+ passholders receive the same valuable discounts on resort services as season passholders.
Pass Protection “Refund Insurance” Offered
Mt. Hood Meadows is offering “Pass Protection” to passholders concerned that their season could be interrupted due to injury, medical condition or relocation. The pass protection is $25 and the passholder must enroll within 7 days of their pass purchase. Then, if they become medically unable to ski or ride, are transferred/move out of the area more than 301 miles, or are military deployed, a refund/rollover credit will be determined at a prorated schedule. Refund requests based on weather conditions are not eligible for refunds.
Add-Ons Create Even More Pass Holder Value
• $35 Season Ski Check – Season long security for your skis or snowboard while you’re in our main lodge.
• $20 SkiGreen Offsets – Offset your vehicle’s CO2 emissions for the season.
• $300 Cooper Spur Family Season Lift and Tubing Pass – For everyone in your family that is purchasing Meadows season passes.
• $40 Nordic Pass – for both Meadows and Cooper Spur Nordic Centers (normally $80).
• Add Value – Charge up your pass with value to use throughout the resort – the value is on your pass for ultimate convenience.
Members of the Mt. Hood Meadows Management Team have been participating in ODOT’s Multi-Modal Planning meetings on a regular basis for the past two years. As part of these on-going transportation improvement planning efforts, ODOT and
the Mt Hood Multimodal Transportation Plan (MHMTP) partners have created an online survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about 40 specific project preferences related to transportation safety and transportation alternatives for those traveling to or across Mt. Hood. The result of the MHMTP will be a list of prioritized, affordable projects to be implemented along the Mt. Hood corridor.
Mt. Hood Meadows has prioritized those projects we feel are most important for peak traffic management to and from Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort to allow the most efficient and convenient access for the growing demand for winter and summer recreation. You have until August 31 to take the survey.
1. PubT-4: Expansion and development of park-and-rides: expand use of existing and new park-and-rides (potential new park-n-rides in Welches, Laurel Hill, Parkdale).
Park and Rides provide the most convenient, reliable way for guests to get from the metro areas to Mt. Hood Meadows. The development of parking lots just below the snow level (white line) served by efficient shuttle buses geared and outfitted for winter conditions will provide the fastest, most reliable direct mass transportation route from Portland to the mountain.
2. Org-1: Transportation Management Association: organization to coordinate transit and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs.
This organization would assess, recommend and coordinate the management of peak flows of existing right of way and most efficient and safest use of existing right of way. It would help secure the funding for future mass transportation projects.
3. ITS-2: Study-Integrated Management Plan (Concept of Operations): through Traveler Information for Speed Limits, Parking, Transit, and TDM website (Real-Time Parking Guidance, Transit Management and Information, Expanded Real-Time Traveler Information – On Mountain and En-Route, Mt. Hood Mobile Traveler Information/Multimodal Travel Options Website. Plans, Upgrade electronic reader board Mt. Hood Meadows access road/OR 35 at Mile Post 64.08).
This Integrated Management Plan is essential to preparing for and implementing Peak demand strategies and management programs, to monitor and maximize peak day traffic. The Integrated Management Plan will assure the greatest amount of public will be able to pursue and enjoy recreation on Mt. Hood.
4. ITS-1: Traveler Webpage Clearinghouse: links to weather and incidents, carpool sites, transit sites, parking.
The Traveler WebPage Clearinghouse is the vital communication piece to provide all travelers the most current information on traffic flow, road conditions, closures, and alternatives. This real time information will allow travelers to make the best choices in times, routes and methods to travel to and from the mountain.
5. PriT-1: Bus Intra-Forest: Improve intra-forest transit service on Mt. Hood w/transit hub on mountain - During winter months, the parking/transit hub would be a focal point for an on-mountain shuttle transit system that serves each ski area.
This transit hub, in concert with a park-and-ride system, will help reduce private vehicle use and efficiently connect and distribute passengers with coordinated shuttle service to the ski areas.
We urge you to review these projects, take the survey and help shape the Mt. Hood Transportation Multi-Modal Transportation Plan. We appreciate you giving special consideration to the priority projects we listed above.
TAKE THE MT. HOOD TRANSPORTATION PROJECT SURVEY
An interactive map
View an Interactive Map of the Proposed Projects
Get more information on the project plan
that shows descriptions and locations of the projects on the staff-recommended list. Simply click the map below.
We're taking a "Bite" out of Portland this weekend! Meadows is proud to sponsor "The Bite of Oregon" benefiting Special Olympics of Oregon. We're set up at Waterfront Park Friday through Sunday to splash some winter refreshment on the summer heat. Stop by, say hi and enjoy! Here's what we'll have in our booth:
Burton Riglet Park Summer Tour – for kids 3 to 6 years old to experience snowboarding! Chill with our coaches (on turf, instead of snow) who will guide the kids through games, teach some technique and guide them through the summer course.The first 75 kids each day get an I RIDE MEADOWS Riglet Park t-shirt! Mighty Meadows will also make an appearance to talk about the LiftStars Program and to teach kids how to ride lifts safely. We'll also have fun (and temporary) Mt. Hood Meadows tattoos for the little ones as well!
Our friendly staff specialists will have all the updates for you – season pass pricing, learn to ski and snowboard information, family deals and kids programs. Admission to "The Bite of Oregon" is just $5 – get all the information here.
The fifth annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon list showcases exemplary workplaces that inspire and empower workers with a daily and enduring commitment to sustainable practices.
The 100 Best Green Companies were determined by more than 18,000 employees from the 440 companies and nonprofits that took part in two anonymous surveys: the 2013 100 Best Companies and 2012 100 Best Nonprofits projects. As part of the surveys, Oregon workers rated their satisfaction with and the importance of 10 statements related to sustainable practices at their workplaces, such as green mission and goals, recycling and waste reduction, support for public transit, energy and water conservation, and buying local. Then employers were independently scored on 15 questions about their sustainable policies.
Meadows was the only recreation company to be named to the list. Resort officials say they are honored to be among some of Oregon's most sustainable companies, and it is especially gratifying that employees of Meadows provided the rating. Executive Director of communications Dave Tragethon says, "The combination of our own employees recognizing and being willing to share our sustainable efforts is consistent with our core values of Sustainability and Wellness. We are honored by this award."
As June begins, and you pack away leftovers from your Memorial Day barbeques, the furthest thing from your mind is skiing. But as ski lodge owners open their mountains resorts for the summer, and humidity rises in D.C, we cannot forget the impacts of climate change on our industry. Today, Mt. Hood Meadows joins with 107 other ski areas as a part of the National Ski Areas Association to sign the Climate Declaration, which calls upon federal policymakers to seize the American economic opportunity of addressing climate change.
Climate change has altered weather patterns to the degree that we can no longer rely on regular season snows to bolster our businesses. 2011 was the fourth-warmest winter on record since 1896, forcing half the nation’s ski areas to open late and almost half to close early. In turn, our communities are also at risk as they rely heavily on us for tourism and employment. Ski industry leaders are concerned not just with the threat climate change has to their own operations but also its impacts on rising sea levels, wildlife habitat, the health of our forests, and truly our way of life. We recognize both the risks of inaction as well as the opportunity for U.S. leadership in combating climate change.
The economic influence of our trade is enormous. Ski areas in the U.S. employ about 160,000 people and generate about $12.2 billion in annual revenue. The National Ski Areas Association calculates that visitors to U.S. ski areas spent $5.8 billion at those resorts over the course of the 2011/2012 season. Preliminary figures from the 2012/2013 season show an 11 percent increase in visits year-over-year, to an estimated 56.6 million visits this season.
Mt. Hood Meadows is already taking precautionary measures in our operations by:
Supporting Clean, Renewable Energy
by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to power our operations from clean, wind energy. In addition, there is a myriad of innovative ways we are minimizing our energy consumption, including installation of energy efficient and motion-sensor activated lighting, Energy Star rated appliances and an energy management system throughout the resort.
Minimizing our Water Footprint
taking several steps to reduce our water footprint, restore area wetlands, control erosion via storm water and snowmelt runoff management systems, and through native seed collection and re-vegetation. Installing low-flow toilets as well as energy/water efficient appliances (including waterless urinals), saves a minimum of 285,000 gallons annually.
Minimizing our Carbon Footprint
through our “Know Idling” policy instead of “NO!” idling to encourage responsible and appropriate idling which varies by vehicle and equipment. We promote public transportation options, provide free bus transportation for seasonal staff and are proud to share that our guests have a rate of public transit usage double of most ski resorts in the United States. We are a founding partner with SkiGreen, Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s program to offset carbon emissions from vehicle travel. The program offers a simple, affordable way for guests to offset the carbon footprint of their travel to and from the mountain.
Sourcing our Restaurants with Local, Sustainable Food
minimizes the impact of deliveries with bulk purchases and wherever disposables are offering biodegradable and compostable cups and tableware from rapidly renewable resources.
LEED Certified Buildings
our two LEED certified buildings including our Emergency Services (Gold) and the Ski Patrol Headquarters (Silver) demonstrates our commitment to minimize our impact on the mountain.
Mt. Hood Meadows is one of 20 participating ski companies that took on the Climate Challenge - committing to reduce emissions by at least 17 percent below 2011 emissions by 2020. Though these action help to drive efficiency throughout our businesses, they alone will not be enough to tackle the threat of climate change.
We are an energy and water-intensive industry that sees a serious response to climate change as an economic opportunity. That is why Mt. Hood Meadows has signed and endorsed the Climate Declaration, a statement prepared by Ceres and its BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) coalition that urges federal lawmakers to take action on climate change.
We need a coordinated effort from policy leaders to address this issue so we can keep our slopes sustainable. Future generations should be able enjoy a snow day on our hills, and we know signing the Declaration
is a step toward ensuring this.
The weather is shaping up nicely for a spectacular end to our regularly scheduled season! Meadows daily operations ends this Sunday -with lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 4 PM and a special $59 lift day pass price offered. We're continuing to offer our 2-for-1 Learn to Ski or Snowboard special for adults; and our 2-for-1 Kidski and KidsRide package this weekend (Saturday and Sunday April 27 and 28).
7th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim Saturday!
With an awesome forecast for sunshine the spring skiing will be sensational this week - so plan on getting your final turns in. The 7th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim is this Saturday. Registration is filling up but is still available online (for ages 21 and older). There's a great prize package thanks to sponsors Kona Brewing and All About Hawaii, topped by a trip for two to Hawaii! The real winners of the event are our spectators, who get to see some of the most outrageous costumes, antics, dashes and splashes. This year's competition will be judged so a second successful skim is not necessary, which should encourage participants to go all out in their second run to impress and entertain the crowd. Here's some videos of last year's event to get you going!
Encore Weekend Offered May 4 and 5
We'll be offering one last weekend - reopening Saturday and Sunday May 4 and 5 with lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 2 PM each day. We'll have a special $49 lift pass with a reduced lift operational schedule. Get details here.
To our 2013 Ski to Defeat ALS Sponsors and Underwriters -
Thank you so very much again for sponsoring and underwriting our 2013 Ski to Defeat ALS which was held at Mt. Hood Meadows on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Because of your generous support and leadership, participants, guests and volunteers were moved to donate, fundraise and spread great awareness for ALS. The collective efforts of just 350 people raised an epic $167,000, to date. For this, we are so grateful.
Because of this success, we will continue to further our mission of supporting local families living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, actively participating in nationwide public policy efforts, and funding top-notch international research specific to finding the cause, treatments and ultimately, a cure for this devastating disease.
We look forward to hosting this event again in 2014!
Please enjoy our event pictures courtesy of Randy Boverman Photography.
on behalf of the entire staff of The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter
We've been enjoying some awesome spring skiing conditions at Meadows here in April. And it looks like winter will be visiting us this weekend with the forecast showing snow showers Saturday and Sunday with a half-a-foot or more of fresh snow!
Beginning Monday, April 15, we'll be shifting to our new midweek operational schedule. Monday - Friday we'll operate Mt. Hood Express, Cascade Express, Heather, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet. We'll also have a special adult lift pass price of $59. This schedule is subject to change with weather and snow conditions, so it's wise to check our conditions page for the latest information.
We expect to reopen Hood River Meadows for our remaining April weekends, depending on snow conditions and turn out. The lift pass price will be $59 daily through April 28.
This will be the last weekend for Forest Park - beginning Monday our free style offerings will be focused on the South Side parks - Rose City, the Zoo, Fireweed and Shipyard are all scheduled.
And here's a reminder that we are planning an encore weekend May 4 and 5, with lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 2 PM those days.
We look forward to seeing you on the mountain!
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort will extend it's season for one more weekend in May. The resort is currently scheduled to operate daily through April 28, and will offer limited lift operations Saturday and Sunday May 4 and 5. The resort expects to operate the Cascade Express – offering sensational spring skiing on wide open expanses, along with it's Mt. Hood Express high speed quad and the Buttercup beginner lift. Scheduled operations can be affected by weather and conditions – our conditions page
provides the most current operational schedule.
Lift passes will be discounted in May
- $49 for adults
- $29 ages 7-14 or 65+
- $10 kids 6&Under
- $20 Buddy Pass (up to 2 per day) for picture pass holders
Picture Pass Holders Receive $20 Buddy Pass
Any picture pass holder will be able to bring a friend for just $20. Both the pass holder and the friend need to be present for the purchase - and pass holders can bring up to two people each day. For this season's extension full season passes including the Spring Pass will be honored at no charge. 10 Time Passes (with days left) will be honored. Midweek Plus and Meadows Club Card holders will be auto-charged $20 at the gate. Limited pass holders (Midweek, Midweek Plus, Night, used up 10 Time Pass, Meadows Club Card) can upgrade to a season pass for $20, making their pass valid both days.
Ski and Snowboard School Continues Adult (13 and older) 2 for 1 Learn to Ski or Snowboard
Ski and snowboard lessons will be offered for adults and children. We'll continue to offer the 2 for 1 learn to ski or snowboard specials - just $75 for ages 13 and older (package includes a beginner lift pass, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals).
KidSki Special - Just $35 per Child!
Kids 4 - 12 can get a 1/2 day learn to ski or snowboard package for $35 - which includes lift pass, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals. Daycare will also be available May 4 and 5.
Equipment rentals and the demo center will be open for those looking to rent or demo equipment. Outer Limits Sports and the High Performance Center will be open for those looking for the best deals of the season on quality outer wear, clothing, accessories or hard goods.
The Paradise Sun Deck will offer outdoor dining in the spring sunshine, and our popular outdoor dining in the spring sunshine along with our Barbecue and snow beach seating area. Entertainment is being scheduled for both days, with a Cinco De Mayo celebration scheduled for Sunday, May 5.
Mt. Hood Meadows 2013/14 season passes are on sale now on the resort website and at the ski resort. Meadows continues daily operations through April 28, and is considering an extension of operations on weekends in May.
Next year's passes can be purchased in April at a discount off of last year's early season rates!
Adult 23-64 year old pass is $499 (compared to last year's early season price of $524).
- Age 15-22 year old passes are $349 (down from last year's $384 price).
- Age 7-14 year old passes are $249 (reduced from last year's $264 price).
- Age 65+ passes are $379 (down from $384 last year).
- Kids 6 and under can get a season pass for $25.
If you don't have a 2012/13 picture pass, you can purchase a new 2013/14 season pass here.
If you do have a 2012/13 picture pass, renew your season pass here.
Renew Your 2012/13 Picture Pass & Get Special "One Day Buddy Pass" With April Purchase
Current 2012/13 picture passholders (which include season passes, night and midweek passes, 10-Time Passes and the popular Meadows Club Card) will receive a free "One Day Buddy Pass" valid for an off-peak lift pass next season, when they purchase a 2013/14 season pass in April. Current passholders need to "renew"
their current pass media by adding next year's season pass to it by April 30 to receive the free Buddy Pass (the $25 "6 and under" pass is excluded from this offer).
Only full season passes are being sold at this time. The resort hasn't announced pricing for 2013/14 on season pass, day lift pass or specialty pass products, but confirms that season passes will not be lower in price than they are right now.
Have a question about purchasing a 2013/14 Season Pass? Read our FAQ's here!
We're celebrating a great season and honoring our most enthusiastic spring skiing and riding guests with a Vertical Challenge.
The rules are simple – Meadows will award ten (10) 2013/14 Season Passes – 2 in each age category – for those who accumulate the most vertical, measured by our RFID gate system – in the month of April. Vertical is measured at each RFID gate from April 1 – 28.
2013/14 Unlimited Season Passes awarded in each age category:
- 6 And Under
- Age 7 – 14
- Age 15 – 22
- Age 23 – 64
- Age 65+
Any registered picture pass media attached to an RTP customer record is eligible to collect vertical (season pass, 10 Time Pass, Meadows Club Card, Midweek+ pass). You can check your vertical by logging into this page.
The Responsibility Code, rules of safety and on slope etiquette must be followed. Any infraction will result in disqualification from the Vertical Challenge and forfeiture of your season pass. This is an event presented for fun and to celebrate April conditions and our spring season. Please ride responsibly.
Check out the leaderboard here on our site
- or on the resort TVs.
Additionally, Meadows will have a grand prize drawing for one more 2013/14 season pass. Each day a guest visits (registered at our RFID gate) will be one entry into the drawing. So the more days someone visits in April, the more chances they'll have to win.
Enjoy April, get some exercise and enjoy spring riding at Mt. Hood Meadows!
It's a sneaky storm - dropping 44" of snow this week. The best of it fell Thursday - when officially we received 13" in the base area. But the top of Star had 21". And the powder runs are amazing. Looking for some SloMo - MoJo? Try Nettie's run, which has a shallower pitch. But the thigh deep untracked powder was so light that you could slowly float down Nettie's. Untracked. Untouched. Just you and the snowflakes. Nice!
Enjoy the slide show - pictures by Krissy Fagan of mComm!
To keep our valued guests in the loop, here is some information on why Heather was closed Thursday, and will likely not be open Friday. Evaluation and Hazard Reduction are continuing.
We expect 100% compliance with our boundary lines as rope ducking will not be toleratED, and could have potentially fatal results.
This debris field was found in the Clark and Heather Drainages Thursday morning during one of our Hazard Reduction Routes, and directly following an artillery mission. The debris was fresh, but is unknown at this time where this avalanche actually originated from. When the weather clears we will have a better opportunity to fully evaluate the continuing avalanche hazard.
On March 10, 2011 we experienced a major avalanche in the Canyon. Here is a link to that original blog post, and another link to the patrol investigation.
Every ski resort has a learn to ski or snowboard package, which includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and lesson. Mt. Hood Meadows will also add in your best friend! The resort if offering this opportunity for enthusiasts to couple up and get a great deal on their first time on the mountain.
The individual package sells for $75 and includes a lift day pass for the Buttercup beginner lift, which also includes the Ballroom Carpet – Mt. Hood’s only enclosed over-the-snow conveyor. Also included is ski or snowboard equipment from the resort’s equipment rental center, and a two-hour group lesson taught by a professional instructor.
The special “Add a Friend for Free” allows two people to take the beginner package together for just $75. No reservations are needed, simply come to the resort and register at the resort’s equipment rental center. Participants must be 13 or older, and a parental consent form is required for those under age 18. Purchases are made at the mountain.
The 4th Annual Mt. Hood Meadows Film Festival was presented Sunday at the Vertical Restaurant (turned movie theater). The top 10 were culled from 20 submissions this season, and the production value and action sequences impressed the judges. You can view all the videos in this playlist below (select Playlist in the video player).
Zach St. Clair Weekend Warriors $500 + GoPro Hero S