A major storm is blanketing Meadows with light November powder, accumulating at a rate of more than an inch an hour. It started snowing just before our lifts launched this morning at 8:55 AM, and as of 3 PM nine inches had fallen. The wind at the top of Mt. Hood Express is wind loading powder back into the bowls so it's first track powder every run. The forecast is calling for another 6 - 10 inches this evening so we're not done yet! And how about this to celebrate:
WE HIT 40 INCHES AT THE BASE AREA STAKE!
Six lifts are scheduled from 9 AM - 4 PM Saturday, including four high-speed quads. Mt. Hood Express and Shooting Star Express, which have been operating since opening day, will be joined by Vista Express if the weather system clears the upper mountain by morning as forecast. Keep in mind that with this storm raging it will take some time to prep the lift, but we will get it open as early as possible. That should offer guests chest deep powder stashes on virgin terrain since no one has been up there yet this season.
Hood River Express is also scheduled to provide uplift service from the Hood River Meadows parking lot. If we get enough snow that we can pack we may open a lane for skiing or riding back down to the parking lot, but we won't know until Saturday morning. Otherwise we'll shuttle you back to your car if you're parked at HRM.
The Paradise Parks Crew has been busy building "The Zoo" on Mitchell Creek - so we expect to have a line of mini-jumps there, if the wind doesn't fill them all in. You can check the Parks Blog for details.
Lift tickets will be priced at non-peak rates: $57 for adults, $35 for Juniors age 7 – 14, $35 for Seniors age 65+ and $9 for a season pass for kids 6 and under.
We'll operate our Adult Ski and Snowboard School and Children's Learning Center out of the South Lodge Learning Center. We'll also have our equipment rental center, Meadows Boutique retail shop, High Performance Center for demos, Day Care, and five restaurants, including the Finish Line opening up for the season, and the Renaissance Cafe at HRM.
Get ready for a sensational day at Meadows! Drive careful and use your traction devices - please don't be the guy that spun out and backed up traffic!
We'll see you on the mountain!
-- Meadows Team