Meadows Blog

Getting Ready!

It’s exciting when important and significant things converge – almost like Jupiter aligning with Mars. This is the dawning of the age of … Recreating Yourself! OK enough with the singing..

There’s a significant storm heading our way – and all the models and forecasts say this has the potential to dump two to three feet or more on us. Check out the special weather statement. More importantly, the system is forecast to persist into next week bringing cold temps and more snow. So we’ll state it here:

This storm has season opening potential.


When? There are a lot of variables – how much, how fast, how much moisture content, how much the wind blows it around, where it deposits, etc., etc., etc. We’re all anxious to get the season going, but remember that this first snow is precious – we’re building the base for the entire season on it. So while we can’t say exactly when (particularly since it hasn’t started snowing yet) – we can say that it shouldn’t be long.

We are prepping for an early opening – that is – an opening before the November 20 or so average opening date. We’ll see how the snow falls, give our crews time to groom it into a sustainable snowpack, and keep you up to date on the progress through the storm.

Meanwhile – you should prep for the opening of another great season as well! If you haven’t already purchased your unlimited season pass, you have until Sunday (November 8) to take advantage of the early season discount. You don’t need to join a group – you can purchase them right now on line. There is huge savings on Adult ($499 / normally $900); Ages 15 – 22 ($389 / normally $600); and 7 – 14 ($279 / normally $400) passes. If you buy these passes at the Portland Ski Fever ski show and get your picture taken there, we’ll include season ski check (a $35 value).

If you already have your pass bring it to the ski show and have it “Scanned to Win!” We’ll scan your pass to automatically enter you into a drawing to win one of three great prizes:

  • Up Front Parking Pass for the entire season!
  • Season Locker Rental ($425 Value!)
  • $250 Meadows Gift Card

So we’ll see you at the ski show this weekend, and on the mountain soon!


Meadows Team


  1. Ohlaph

    November 5, 2009

    WOW!!! I was having a rather taxing day and that news just made all the difference!

  2. snowman 117

    November 5, 2009

    can't wait to hit the winter slopes with friends and this is some of the better news i have heard in awhile

  3. E Dishman

    November 5, 2009

    Bring it on! Blizzard, blizzard, blizzard. Us snow freaks need a hit!

  4. jakereilly

    November 5, 2009


  5. NuGz22

    November 5, 2009

    I've got my card I just need my Meadowcation!!!

  6. boar2m

    November 6, 2009

    Yay, good news for all of us pow-hounds ...and for you as well - the best marketing tool you could have asked for! I'm thinking more $$ means better service for all, like improved Avi-control!

    If this storm system pans out as forecasted, I am guessing/hoping Meadows could open up the Buttercup, and possibly Daisy, as early as next Friday (unless the 13th). Unlike last year, this initial dump looks to be wet and could provide a good base. I'm curious, how much (inches) base do Meadows typically need to open up the slopes served by MEX and SS lifts?

    Meadows reply:
    It all depends on how the snow deposits and how much there is to push around. Ideally we'd have a settled base of 3 or 4 feet to take advantage of this terrain. The good news is the storm patterns have the potential to deliver a good early season product!


    November 6, 2009

    Hey glad to hear this news. I'm just wondering if it does snow like another 20 inches this week like the forecast says will it be enough for meadows to open?

    Meadows reply:
    We're prepping for an early opening and hoping this storm delivers. We'll open as soon as we can offer a quality product that we can sustain. Think snow!

  8. Brian

    November 6, 2009

    Bring it!

  9. cb

    November 7, 2009

    yesss! cant wait to get up there. Hey medows, you guys should think about doing text message alerts for cell phones. Then we dont always have to get online or call to check. I used to ride bachelor and they would send one every morning, it might be something to consider.

    Meadows reply:
    cb: You can follow us n Twitter and turn your device on. That will trigger a text alert. Our Twitter names are for general information and for lift specific info.

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