Meadows Blog

A Pause Between Storms

The pace has picked up as we prepare for our Wednesday opening. By Tuesday evening we'll be able to let you know what lifts will be operating and what terrain will be open.

KGW had a great report from Amy Troy on getting Meadows ready for opening - it included a favorable forecast for more snow from Matt Zafino.

We thought you'd enjoy these pictures taken early Monday morning by Executive Director of Mountain Operations Steve Warila and Guest Services Director Paul Jones. Something to look forward to as we prepare for opening!

Sunrise at Meadows Mt. Hood following the storm Resort view following the storm Top of Mt. Hood Express Mt. Hood in all its glory following the storm

Enjoy! And we'll see you on the mountain soon!

-- Meadows Team


  1. Scott Mitchell

    November 10, 2009

    Those are stunning photos!!!

    So stoked for such an early opening with these conditions.

  2. John

    November 10, 2009

    Hi Dave, Any special deals for veterans on veterans day? Besides of course, being opening day!

    Meadows: We're offering a military discount of $10 with I.D.

  3. Brian

    November 10, 2009

    I've been trying to remember the last time MHM opened this early, and I can't. Can you help me out? I think I remember it being in the late 80's.

    Meadows: 05/06 we opened on November 11. Have to go back to mid 90s to find the only other two earlier opening dates in the last 15 seasons.

  4. David Schor

    November 10, 2009

    That mountain is looking darn tasty. Thanks for helping us get our licks in!

  5. Bryan

    November 10, 2009

    I think you should be a little more forthcoming about your plans for the opening day. What lifts would you like to see open, do you hope to have at least one lift to the top going? Is it in the cards or are you going to drop buttercup and the snowcarpet on us last minute after you get everyone waxed up and called in sick. I know conditions are a factor but you could let us know what you expect to see happen. Sorry if I seem cynicle but you have been dodging the question all week.

    Meadows: Consider this - yesterday's forecast was for 8 - 20 inches. We received 4". That's a big difference when you mulitiply by our acreage. We're convening this afternoon and will announce the lifts and terrain we'll be opening as soon as it is determined, this afternoon or evening. We haven't been dodging this question, the answer has remained consistent from the beginning.
    P.S. - We're motivated to open as much as the snow allows, so we are making the most of what we've got and hoping the snow forecast for today and tomorrow produces.

  6. paul

    November 10, 2009

    Are you opening Thurs and Fri too??

    Meadows: Yes - it's our intent to open with a quality experience that we can sustain. Weather models are looking good for cooler weather with more snow before Thanksgiving. So we are looking at daily operations once we open.

  7. boar2m

    November 10, 2009

    Those pictures look so inviting …I almost want to get up there for a run down the daisy alone. Hmm, so you can’t make the call until this evening? I never really paid much attention to what goes on behind the scene but I reckon this early storm caught you by surprise and the work force is not quite ready for full scale operations. Tell you what, I can lend you my son for the day. In fact, I will pay you to slave drive him for at least one day …although I can’t even get him to take out the trash.

    ...why are you reading my stupid comments instead of getting those slopes ready? come on, lets get to work:-)

    Meadows: Staff is ready - but there's a lot of work getting the mountain prepared. OK. I'm on my way out to push some snow!

  8. Shreekar

    November 10, 2009

    Hey Meadows Team, lets make sure we have more then 2 camera's set up to take Pass pictures. Or is this too logical?

    Shreekar: We'll have 6 cameras systems set up in our new Passholder Services Center, located just down the hall from Concierge, across from the coffee cart.

  9. SnoBnd

    November 10, 2009

    Dave, Not sure if you can say earliest in 10 years. Didn't you open on veterans day a few years ago and give me a free lift ticket for being active duty? Any chance you'll give me a free ticket tomorrow?

    Thanks! Good job getting ready for the earlier opening.

    - snobnd

    Meadows: We have a military discount of $10 off with I.D. See you on the mountain!

  10. Jenluvsdrummers

    November 10, 2009

    I think I might pee my pants with all of this excitement of opening early. Can you help me with this? Otherwise, you'll find me by following the yellow snow through the trees...

    But really...I'm SOOOOOO excited!! I'm also incredibly happy you'll have Shipyard going. Woot woot!

    Meadows: You can get new pants at the Meadows Boutique :)

  11. Matt

    November 10, 2009

    When do you think night sking will start?

    Meadows: No date set yet - all depends on the snow fall and getting good coverage under the lights.

  12. Beerad96

    November 10, 2009

    Cher Cher powpow bro bra!!!!

  13. aaronclifford42

    November 10, 2009

    love tha pic's. see u bright and early wed morning at the front of the line

  14. Johnnyp

    November 10, 2009

    What Guest services are going to be open? Will the Coffee stand be open? Very important!

    Meadows: Tully's Coffe Cart will be open! So will the Schuss (you've been dreamin' of the Meadow Muffin months), the Alpenstube and Meadow Mart. The Finish Line will open this weekend.

  15. cameron

    November 10, 2009

    ok do you guys know what lifts will be open??? or is it too early to ask

    Meadows: Mt. Hood Express, Shooting Star, Buttercup and Easy Rider. We'll open more as we get more snow.

  16. cheri

    November 10, 2009

    We're trying to find public transportation from Ptld. (Lake Oswego area) to meadows tomorrow - our high schoolers are ready..suggestions???

    Meadows: Try Sea To Summit Shuttle Service 503.286.9333.

  17. mattsbunny

    November 10, 2009

    How early should I show up to get my pass pic and be on the runs b4 noon :-) can't wait!

    Meadows: Passholder Services is open by 8 AM. With 6 cameras today the LONGEST wait was 15 minutes from the very back of the line to walking out with pass. Most were in and out in less than 10.

  18. PowderBear

    November 11, 2009

    Can you let us know how much ticket prices will be for midweek and this coming weekend? What a great idea to offer early season ticket discounts or exchanges like ski area in British Columbia do for season pass holders at other areas. I.E. Red Mountain and Whitewater for example. Thanks for opening up early and getting the ski season started!

    Meadows: Tickets right now are $52 for adults. Normal midweek or offpeak price is $57. Normal peak day or weekend price would be $69 - but we haven't determined pricing for this weekend pending what lifts we can run and how much of the mountain is open.

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