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 SkiHood.com or at the resort and it can be upgraded to the unlimited spring pass for just $80.
El Nino certainly is delivering the goods here in March! We've had some great powder days, spring corn in the sunshine and superb groom for cruising days all rolled into one fantastic month!
If you saw this week's forecast, you know it's not over yet. In fact, the best is yet to come with the most powerful storm of the entire season forecast to drop up to 3 feet of snow on Meadows through Wednesday. We'll see what develops. Be aware that with such ferocity come high winds which may affect lift operations during the storm. Check our conditions page for constant updates.
Hood River Meadows will continue daily operations at least through Sunday, April 4. We'll take a look at conditions and turn out through the week to decide about operations beyond Sunday. We've been doing the prep work on Cascade Park and eventually we'll transition from HRM to Cascade. Note to self: If you want a 3 foot snowstorm, starting building a park on Cascade.
We're bringing back the midweek Day Care specials - $100 for all day Day Care and an adult lift ticket (spouse ticket is just $25 more!) Reservations are required. Season Pass holders receive a 25% discount off of all day Day Care as well (offers good through Friday, April 2).
The Spring Splash continues - remember to register each day that you are at the mountain for that trip for two to Hawaii! Remember, you'll need to be present for the drawing - April 24 at the Pond Skim. It's Washington spring break this week, we have our three day Freestyle and Holiday Kids Camps Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sunday April 4 is Easter and the Spur Steakhouse at Cooper Spur Mt. Resort presents a Grand Easter Buffet from noon - 7 PM. It's a delicious meal priced at just $18 (or $2 / year for kids). Make your reservation at 541.352.6692. Consider spending the night as Cooper Spur Mt. Resort is offering special room rates beginning Sunday, April 4 on new reservations made in advance - $49 for a lodge hotel room (with 2 queen beds) and $99 for a condo or cabin (sleeps 8)!
See you on the mountain!
-- Meadows Team
Mark this one down as the best powder day so far this season. In fact, mark today on the calendar as the best powder ever on March 26. Here's a couple of photos of Ari Delashmutt shot by good friend Grant Myrdal in Private Reserve today.
Saturday's shunshine should be stunning. Cascade didn't run Friday so there'll be untracked in the morning. Heather was open from Twilight down so conditions permitting there should be some great powder turns in the Canyon. We'll keep you updated. If you like these pictures there's more in our gallery.
March is definitely roaring with a storm that has already deposited nearly a foot of fresh powder at Meadows as of Friday morning. The forecast says it will continue through the morning hours leading to clearing and sunshine on Saturday. Then the storms rev up again next week. This is phenominal - dare I say "epic" - powder for late March and early April.
The Spring Splash continues with a Safety Fair and KEEN Footwear Disc Golf Putting contest on Sunday. Stella Artois presents Miriam Well's performing live from noon - 4 PM Saturday and Sunday, on the Paradise Sun Deck (weather permitting - inside if it's snowing).
There's an all day freestyle clinic Saturday, and a three day holiday freestyle camp March 29 - 31 (Monday - Wednesday). We also have a three day holiday kids camp March 29 - 31.
There's a lot of season left. Make sure you register each day you visit Meadows for the Hawaiian trip for two to be given away April 24 during the Sno-Kona Pond Skim (must be present to win - one entry per person per day).
We'll see you on the mountain soon!
-- Meadows Team
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Levi Sage Krukowski who suffered fatal injuries while snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows Monday. Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for their loss. Losing a loved one is especially tragic with one so young, just 18 years old. People ski and snowboard to recreate and celebrate. The news of a death on the mountain comes unexpectedly and shockingly.
Family members said Tuesday they are devastated. Levi began snowboarding in 2004. Family members said he loved adventure, had a zest for life and lived to snowboard. It saddens us to lose someone who shared such passion for the sport. Levi’s death affects all of us at the mountain.
For the second time this season we post a blog addressing such unfortunate news. In this case it is especially tragic, as Levi’s last run led him under a closed area rope and ultimately over a waterfall.
This story underscores why the rules of the responsibility code are so important to know and abide by. In this case, rule #6 - “Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas,” may have prevented this devastating loss.
Part of the attraction of this sport is pushing personal limits to increase our abilities and explore new and exciting terrain. But one boundary that should never be crossed is a rope line marking closed territory.
On behalf of the entire Meadows family we extend our thoughts and prayers to Levi’s family.
With our deepest sympathy,
-- Meadows Team
KGW Newschannel 8 Coverage of the accident
Dear Meadows Staff,
I finally got to ride at Meadows for the first time in five years yesterday, and had an amazing day! The staff in every area was outstanding, and my sincere thanks goes out to them for being so genuinely kind, accommodating, and helpful.
Specifically, there was a man with a broken foot, whom I asked several questions throughout the day, and every time he was so genuinely accommodating. I was impressed, especially this late in the season! I am sure he is bumming on the broken foot, but he was wonderful.
The ski shop employees were extremely kind as well. I had a problem with my son's binding, and when we walked in to see if they could fix it, they were so kind and non-intimidating. I was very impressed. I cannot remember the name of the man who fixed my son's board, but he was extraordinarily helpful and patient. Since the repair required a little time, we sat in the shop for a while, and he was equally welcoming to every person of every walk of life who walked in. I have had a job where I had to answer the same question a thousand times and deal with snobby people and punk people, and I was horrible at it! This guy was amazing.
We finally got out on the mountain and had one of the best days ever up there!
Thank you so much to all the staff!
-- Ashley M
Here's the final installment of Kris Jamieson's coverage of the Revolution tour. A big thanks to Kris for his phenominal work, to RealPlayer for putting this together, and to all the athletes who traveled to Meadows to compete.
USSA Rev Tour Finals' Highlights from Kris Jamieson (Jaymo) on Vimeo.
Story: Me and some bros went there on a blue bird day could have been amazing if there was some pow but here is were we learned the speed part of snowboarding on Cascade. We plan on coming this Sunday to shred in the hopefully fresh pow pow. "There is never a 'bad' day of snowboarding"
Meadows: Looks like your wish for powder may come true for the weekend!
Mt. Hood Meadows Spring Splash March 20 - April 25
- Hero Snow, Sunshine Fun, Entertainment on the Deck highlight the Spring Splash
- Resort will give away a trip for 2 to Hawaii April 24
MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows presents the Spring Splash – a celebration of all the good things spring brings the to mountain. Boasting a base depth of over 100 inches – one of the deepest in North America – the resort announced daily operation will continue through April 25, and is considering extending the season into May based on snow conditions and turn out.
The Spring Splash is all about corn snow, warm sunshine and the occasional midwinter-like storm common to this time of the season. It’s a fun and spectacular time on the mountain, ideal for cruising the groomers, hitting the parks and basking in the sun on the deck at the end of the day. Beginning March 20 special events, entertainment, clinics and contests will be presented weekends and holidays.
There’s also daily registration to win a trip for two to Hawaii to be given away April 24 (must be present on April 24 to win – one registration / person / day). The trip will include round trip airfare and hotel accommodations for four nights.
There’s more prizes and surprises at the Spring Splash, presented by KEEN Footwear and Monster Energy Drink, March 20 – April 25 at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort.March 20 – Spring Beer Fest
Enjoy flavorful Microbrews from Full Sail, Double Mountain, Widmer, Kona, Red Hook and Lompoc breweries. On the deck in the sun!March 21 – NW Demo Tour
Free demo from dozens of ski and snowboard manufacturersMarch 20 – 21 Garcia Birthday Band 12 – 4 PM on the Paradise Sun Deck
Piñatas for the kids at 3 PM
March 22 – 24 3 Day Holiday Kids Camps
/ Freestyle Camps
Camps offer specialized instruction for kids of similar abilities who team up with a coach for all three days. March 23 – 25 Mark of Mystery 1 – 4 PM
Mark is an illusionist, specializing in slight of hand and table magic entertaining and astonishing guests close up.March 27 – 28 Miriam Wells 12 – 4 PM presented by Stella Artois - Paradise Sun Deck
Piñatas for the kids at 3 PM
March 27 - Chamber of Commerce Showcase
A day to recognize all of the towns that surround this beautiful mountain, and highlight some of the things that make this area so very special
March 28 – Safety Fair
Find our Safety Codesters – Know The Code and win prizes!
March 29 – 31 3 Day Holiday Kids Camps
/ Freestyle Camps
Camps offer specialized instruction for kids of similar abilities who team up with a coach for all three days.
Thanks to Kris Jamieson and RealPlayer for the video!
USSA Rev Tour Pipe Finals from Kris Jamieson (Jaymo) on Vimeo.
Thanks to Kris Jamieson and RealPlayer for the video.
Revolution Tour Slopestyle Finals from Kris Jamieson (Jaymo) on Vimeo.
Thanks to Kris Jamieson and Real Player for the video on the Revolution Tour Prelims.
Rev Tour Slope Prelims from Kris Jamieson (Jaymo) on Vimeo.
It’s a great time of the season to be a pass holder at Mt. Hood Meadows! We’re getting some of the best snow we’ve seen all year, as El Nino has delivered some powdery storms the past few weeks increasing our base depth to 9 feet - one of the deepest snowpacks in North America! That should give way to some sunsational spring skiing and riding as we get further into March and April.
We're celebrating spring with some new discounts for Unlimited Season Pass holders - and that includes the Spring Pass purchasers. We also have a new page where you can review the days you visited Meadows this season, and even count the lifts you rode from the scan report.
Track Your Turns
We're beta testing a new feature on our web site, allowing pass holders to review their daily visits and lift rides. Click the link and log in to view your scans this season. You should be able to see the days you were at Meadows and even the lifts you were scanned at. You’ve probably noticed we haven’t been scanning at Cascade and Shooting Star, but we’ll be making that optional for those that would like to be scanned.
Here’s the link to see your scans.
Restaurant Deals for Season Pass Holders
Simply show your unlimited season pass (and that includes all of our Spring Pass holders!) to receive these discounts in our restaurants. Plan on dining with us every time you come to the mountain the rest of the season!
- 10% off the total Bill in the Alpenstube Restaurant
- $5 off any large pizza at the FINISH LINE PIZZERIA
- Any 2 deli sandwiches in the Meadow Mart for $12
- $2 coffee drinks for any Beverage at TULLY’S coffee cart
- FREE coffee or hot chocolate with the purchase of any Breakfast Sandwich at the SCHUSS GRILL. Available 8am to 10:30am
- FREE soft beverage with any lunch value basket meal purchased at the SCHUSS GRILL. Available ALL DAY after 10:30am
- FREE coffee or hot chocolate with the purchase of any pastry at the MEADOW MART
Demo Equipment Deals for Season Pass Holders
This year's Demo Equipment is now on sale at 40% off it's retail price! Season pass holders receive a voucher for a belt wax and edge to keep your newly purchased demo equipment tuned up. If you decide to demo equipment, you can apply half of the rental price towards the purchase of skis or boards that day.
Hardgood Deals 40% Off for Season Pass Holders
This year's brand new equipment - Skis, Boots and Boards - are marked down 40% for season pass holders. Get to the mountain and check out our selection of new equipment.
Day Care Discount - 25% off this week for Season Pass Holders
We’re offering pass holders 25% off in Day Care this week through Friday, March 19. You’ll need to make a reservation by calling 503.337.2222, ext. 1374.
Mt. Hood Meadows turns into a snowboarding haunt during U.S. Snowboarding 2010 Revolution Tour March 16-21. The tour makes Meadows its last stop of four stages and the final competition to pluck up top juniors in the country to feed into the USSA pipeline.
The event produces the top national juniors who then are named to U.S. Snowboarding's Project Gold. The top four male and female junior athletes in halfpipe and snowboardcross will be selected for the project based on their overall results from the tour, which included competitions earlier in the season around the country. Project Gold athletes train together in the summer and receive invitations to select project events.
The Revolution Tour features open class competitions in halfpipe, slopestyle, and snowboardcross. The event at Mt. Hood Meadows launches March 16 in Rose City Park with slopestyle competitions for women and men followed March 17 with the halfpipe competitions taking place off the Easy Rider chair. The snowboardcross takes place March 18 on a course built in Daisy Bowl.
Spectators can watch some of the nation's best juniors competing in the tour. Slopestyle and halfpipe riders will range between 13-19 years old, but USSA does not permit snowboardcross for riders under 15 years old.
The 2010 NorAm Snowboardcross is also part of the event. Catch some of the best Canadian and U.S. competitors as they duke it out on the Daisy course March 20-21.
MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is offering a special $10 3 – 9 PM evening ticket for this Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (March 10, 11 and 14.) This is the last week of Meadows After Dark night operations for the season, operating until 9 PM Wednesday – Sunday nights. The $10 ticket can be purchased online or at the resort those evenings.
The resort is scheduled to continue daily operations through April 25. Meadows received 3 inches of new snow overnight and has a base depth of 98 inches, one of the deepest snowpacks of any ski resort in the United States. The resort is receiving intermittent snow Wednesday morning with more snow forecast through the week.
Meadows is also offering incentives to online ticket purchasers of its normal $57 lift ticket. The online ticket includes a $5 coupon for food, and a $5 coupon for a retail merchandise purchase. No minimum purchase is required but the coupons need to be used the same day the ticket is used.
I managed to get separated from my 4 year old son today while loading the Cascade Chair. I'd like to whole-heartedly thank the skiers and the lift operators that helped us reunite... especially the folks who rode up with him on the chair, and kept him feeling calm.
What could have been a traumatic experience has actually boosted my sons confidence, and reenforced the sense of community and cooperation that I feel up at the mountain.
I'd also like to thank the lift-operators at Meadows that consistently recognize and great him by name (before reaching for the pass)... way to stoke the kids!
-- HR Dad
This week's weather forecast is signalling a return to winter. We thought you'd enjoy some ticket specials to "justify" taking a day up to the mountain.
$25 Tuesday Ticket Online Special
We have a special offer for you - a $25 lift ticket for this Tuesday, March 9. This is an online ticket offer only - you must purchase in advance through our web site. This week's forecast is calling for a return to wintry weather with snow levels dropping down to below 1,500 feet - so the conditions are going to be awesome! This offer is not available at the ski resort - you have to purchase online in advance!
$10 Night Ticket Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday March 10, 11 and 14
We've also announced a special $10 3 – 9 PM evening ticket for this Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (March 10, 11 and 14) for our last week of night operations. We're down to our final week of Wednesday - Sunday Meadows After Dark operations, so take advantage of the special pricing (Friday and Saturday nights regular lift ticket rates apply). The $10 ticket can be purchased online or at the resort those evenings.
Online Special - $57 Lift Ticket includes $5 Coupon for Food & $5 Coupon for Retail
We're also offering incentives to online ticket purchasers of its normal $57 lift ticket. The online ticket includes a $5 coupon for food, and a $5 coupon for a retail merchandise purchase. No minimum purchase is required but the coupons need to be used the same day the ticket is used.
You have to purchase this online in advance to receive the coupons.
Take advantage of these great offers - the conditions are going to be best of the season! We'll see you on the mountain this week!
-- Meadows Team
MT. HOOD, OR (March 6, 2010) – More than 200 people packed the Finish Line Sports Bar and Grill Saturday to see the top 10 finalists of the 1st Annual Mt. Hood Meadows Film Festival. The crowd was blown away by the creativity, riding ability, showcasing of Mt. Hood Meadows and overall quality of film making the finalists presented.
Meadows Executive Director of Communications Dave Tragethon said the festival was extraordinarily successful beyond what organizers originally expected. “We have passionate, talented and dedicated film makers who totally impressed our judges and the audience with their exceptional work. It was the perfect combination of scenic mountain and terrain, talented riders and the creative eyes of filmers and editors to showcase the great mountain.”
Taking top honors was Adam Fleck’s “So Far So Good” which combined a crew of very talented riders, panoramic shots showcasing all aspects of Meadows terrain, time lapse photography and slow motion to present style, grace and intrigue.
Here's Adam's award winning video.
The “films” were submitted on video and evaluated on several criteria:
- Skiing / snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows in a compelling, positive, entertaining and/or intriguing way.
- Quality of finished piece – video, post production, audio quality, use of music.
- Creative aspects and approach to the project.
- Story telling.
- Overall impression.
All finalists received a logoed backpack from Columbia Sportswear, a GoPro Camera and a $50 gift card to Meadows. Fleck also took home the best of show prize of $500. Event sponsors included Columbia Sportswear, Go Pro Cameras, Full Sail Brewing, Fuel TV and Vaya Creative.
Here are links to the Finalists that were showcased at the Film Festival. These and other submissions can be seen in our online video gallery.
John Jackson & Taylor Cramer
Story: I've been inspired by the Winter Olympics to pour some extra aggression into my skiing, though, at age 63, they won't let me compete. So this past gloriously sunny Sunday, I was all confident and cocky when I dropped off the ridge into Two Bowl. My first three or four turns were fine and plenty fast for an oldster. Then I found myself on my back, sliding and turning helplessly, like an upside-down turtle. When I rolled my feet to the downhill side to try to recover, I was going too fast, so just touching the skis to the snow popped them off. I was picking up speed on the slick, spring-like surface. There was no stopping my tumbling fall.
As I fell, like Alice down the rabbit hole, I had time to ponder my plight. One thought was, uh oh, this could turn bad. I’m not young and rubbery any more. Another thought was, what a waste of a good run. A final thought was, don't get tangled in your poles. I let my arms fall to the sides and the poles departed. Unencumbered by gear, I relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the slide to the bottom.
I stood up and realized I wasn't hurt a bit. I looked at the scattered gear strewn all down the slope and marveled at the distance I'd tumbled. Except for the sheer terror, it was exhilarating. I'll soon be back for more.
-- Constance Emerson Cooker
Meadows: We love it when a story has a happy ending. Sage advice from a hearty skier who knows how to hit the slopes, with and without her skis on!
I just wanted to let you guys know I had a wonderful time learning to ski in a group lesson with Brent on Sunday (the 10 am lesson 2/27). He was so patient with us and I had no idea how easy he would make it. I thought I'd spend the whole two hours on my butt, but instead, I spent the whole afternoon skiing...can't wait to come back up, and thanks Brent! I've wanted to learn to ski my entire life. My goal is to get good enough to ski back down the mountains I climb. I've spent a lot of time on Hood's summit, but skiing is a whole new thing. Thanks for helping me experience the mountain in an entirely different way!
-- Amy M.
I want to thank everyone involved who provided the opportunity for our middle school students to experience a day cross country skiing. My understanding is that more than 120 students throughout the Hood River County Schools were involved.
In our school, many of our students lack the financial ability to enjoy an activity of this sort. With you providing the equipment, lessons and the facility, our kids got to do something for the first time. They returned to school the next day telling and retelling their personal adventures on "the mountain".
If our school can ever be of assistance to you, do not hesitate to ask.
Ed Drew Principal- Cascade Locks School
This year has been such a great year to call Meadows home! Every time we come up (often) we are greeted by name. . .which is amazing. Starting with Kevin Brown, but details like that don't escape adorable Justine in the restaurant. Seriously-always greated by name and with a smile.
Don't know what you are doing different, but many of us are talking about it. Brian and Matt at the bar are the same story. Just one good solid team, and a great experience every time. No complaints here!
-- Janet P.
The SuperPipe and Boardercross are being rebuilt this week. We expect the new SuperPipe to be ready Monday, March 8. A rebuild is normal as you can cut the pipe only so many times before it becomes too wide (and we start to rub up against the inground walls). It also allows us to put the new snow we received last week to good use - it's amazing how much snow it takes to fill in and reshape the Superpipe. It's worth the wait - we'll have a perfectly cut SuperPipe ready for spring riding next week.
The Boardercross should be ready by March 9th, but it will be closed for training and competitions only. We'll be stepping up the course as it will first host the OISA State High School Championships, then the USSA Revolution Tour followed by the USSA NorAM SBX Championships. There's going to be some great riding at Meadows this spring.
Film Festival Saturday
We are impressed by the number of and quality of videos submitted for the Film Festival. Many feature awesome riders in our terrain parks. Forest Park, Rose City and Shipyard provided some great set ups for filming this season. You can preview some submissions in our gallery of what you'll see this Saturday - of course we'll be playing the high res versions on the big screen in the Finish Line Pizzeria and Sports Bar - 4 to 6 PM! Thanks to our sponsors Columbia Sportswear, Go Pro Cameras, Full Sail Brewing, Fuel TV and Vaya Creative.
Sign up for 3 Day Freestyle Camps
We have two sessions scheduled - March 22 - 24 and March 29 - 31. They're a great opportunity to take your park and pipe skills to the next level. Five hours of instruction each day with a park specialized instructor. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to: jumps, half-pipe, rails and boxes, flatland, all-mountain freestyle, park safety and etiquette. Groups will be split up by age and ability.
Whether training for the next level of tricks or just looking to enter the park for the first time, this camp is a great way to progress your freestyle skills. The camp is open to anybody 7 to 14 who is an intermediate level skier/rider. (Intermediate level means for snowboarders that you are capable of making full turns (heel to toe, toe to heel) on most blue terrain. For skiers, it means that you are able to ski parallel on most blue terrain.)
Reservations are required at least 48 hours before the first day of camp. Call 503.337.2222, ext. 1419 to reserve your space today!