Meadows Blog

Storm of the Decade Drops 33" in 48 hours

The storm of the decade raging on Mt. Hood has dumped nearly 3 feet of snow in the last 48 hours at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. Snow accumulated at rates of up to 2 inches of snow an hour and has increased the base depth to almost 11 feet. In the past 24 hours, 19 inches of fresh light powder has fallen.

Storm of the decade? Well, maybe we're taking some latitude here, but the decade started January 1, 2010 and this is definitely the biggest storm of this young decade. Regardless the conditions are spectacular!

The awesome conditions have prompted the resort to announce an extension to the season. Meadows will operate daily through April 25 and intends to continue operations on weekends in May through May 16, conditions permitting. The additional six days in May will bring the total days of operations this season at Meadows to 172 days. More details on the May operations including scheduled lifts and operational hours will be announced soon.

The resort is offering a special 5 Time Spring Pass for just $99 beginning April 1. The direct-to-lift pass allows the holder 5 days of epic spring riding at Meadows for under $20 / day. It can be purchased online to save time at or at the resort and it can be upgraded to the unlimited spring pass for just $80.


  1. Chris

    March 30, 2010

    I was wondering about HERM I Love Forest Park,Park Place and no crowd. Can you please keep it open as long as possible and what is the shut down criteria?
    Major kudos to the grooming crew!

    Meadows: Thanks Chris. HRM will continue daily operations at least through April 11, thanks to all the new snow!

  2. richie rich

    March 30, 2010

    Storm of the decade?

    Meadows: OK so we took some latitude here. The decade started January 1, 2010 - and this is the biggest storm we've had! But if you speak to those who have been up the past couple of days they'll tell you that this is some of the best conditions in a while.

  3. Pow-sniffer

    March 30, 2010

    Any prediction of what day Heather Canyon might reopen?

    Meadows: It opened today (Wednesday) - all the way from A-Zone on down.

  4. Kraemer

    March 31, 2010

    Too bad heather wasn't open on the best day of the year. :(

    Meadows: We couldn't agree with you more, but avalanche conditions prevented opening Heather on Tuesday. Sorry - but safety comes first. It opened Wednesday, although I know that isn't any consolation for those who couldn't be here. But Private Reserve was awesome Tuesday!

  5. dan

    March 31, 2010

    Extending the season to May 16? YES!!! Thank you Meadows management!

  6. Chris

    April 1, 2010

    Meadows: Thanks Chris. HRM will continue daily operations at least through April 11, thanks to all the new snow!

    My B day!!!Happy Birthday to me! Wow you guy's rock!

  7. Craig

    April 2, 2010

    May 16th is the best you can do? Weak! Go longer, you know you'll still have the snow pack!

    Meadows: Snowpack maybe. But interest wains and the numbers drop of significantly. We feel it is better to establish a date and let everyone know in advance so we can all plan on it. Of course, if conditions and turn out warrant, the date can change.

  8. Tony

    April 3, 2010

    Vary disappointed, drove all night from Boise Idaho just to ride your mountain on the best powder day.... and the parking lot is full.

    Meadows reply: Our apologies to those that were turned away Saturday. We addressed this in our most recent blog post. While we understand the disappointment there isn't anything we can do at this time - when we're full we're full and we have to turn away cars. Adding to the frustration is the number of single or even two person car loads parking at Meadows Saturday. Car pooling would help out significantly, and potentially have created room for everyone. Since Sunday is a holiday, we expect less people to turn out.

  9. Will

    April 5, 2010

    Once you guys shut down HRM, are you going to build a park on Vista or Cascade? Maybe some step down tables? By the way your park crew has done an awesome job this year.

    Meadows: Thanks Will. The plan is to go to Cascade once HRM is done. But all this snow is making any park building on Cascade impossible - and it is extending the HRM season.

  10. Greg

    April 9, 2010

    I started boarding 2 months ago, and after the first two outings(one at summit, one at skibowl), came to meadows. I have since been there 9 times, and headed up in the morning again. I have had a great time, and progressed fast enough to ride down heather with confidence. Tomorrow I will be taking my 8 yr old up yet again...who had two awesome lessons with the ski school. Many thanks to your ski school staff for the attentiveness toward my son. He has been up 3 times, and is itching to go down some blue runs with me...and maybe try a black if the pow is right!

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