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May Operations at Mt. Hood Meadows

We plan to extend our season on the first three weekends in May - Saturdays and Sundays May 1-2; 8-9; and 15-16. . Here's the detail - hours of operation will be from 9 AM - 2 PM, with three lifts Mt. Hood Express, Cascade Express and Buttercup scheduled to operate. The lift ticket price will be $49.

Season pass holders (except night and midweek pass holders) can continue to use their passes in May. Those who have 10 time pass or 5 time spring pass days remaining can also use up those days for themselves (non-transferable or shareable) in May.

Weather can affect our operations so you'll want to check our conditions page throughout the week and especially Friday - Sunday for the most up-to-date May weekend schedule and lift operations.

PARKS

We should have the Cascade Park available for freestylers - we expect it to ride like a combination of Park Place and Forest Park - a fun flowing park using many of the same features from those parks. We'll continue to maintain features in Rose City and Shipyard and keep the SuperPipe going as long as the walls last for lower mountain riding.

SKI SCHOOL

We will offer Daycare by reservation only on Saturdays and Sundays in May. Reservations can be made at daycare@skihood.com

We will offer a 2 hr group lesson at 10am, registration will end at 9:30am and they can be purchased in the Rental Center or in the Daycare.
The pricing for our children’s lessons will be the same as the midweek pricing for children’s lessons. $75 includes a 2 hr lesson and lift ticket (add $5 for rental). The Adult (13+) pricing will remain the same.

Private lessons can be arranged in the Daycare or by reservation at skischool@skihood.com

EQUIPMENT RENTALS & HIGH PERFORMANCE CENTER

Rentals will be open for weekends in May in the North Lodge Rental Center.

FOOD SERVICES

The SCHUSS will open every Saturday and Saturday at 8:15am. We will have the continental items, coffee, juice, espresso, etc. along with a selection of Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches (microwaveable). For lunch if the weather is nice we'll have the deck scene BBQ supported with bar service from the Alpenstube.

The Mazot is scheduled to be open, weather depending.

See you on the mountain in May!

-- Meadows Team

Earth Day 365

April 22 - Earth Day

The core vision of our company is to “Provide an ideal mountain resort experience while respecting Mt. Hood”. We are proud of our record of sustainable achievements and accomplishments at Meadows, starting in our early days using helicopters to place lift towers, meaning roads did not have to be constructed to access them. We pioneered using native wildflowers for revegating areas of construction. Most recently we achieved gold and silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council on our Mt. Medical Clinic and the Patrol HQ buildings.

But sustainability isn't just about these major initiatives. It's more about the little things we do and the choices we make every day. So let's not confine our thoughts regarding the earth and the choices we make to this one day. Let's make create some sustainable habits - a change for the better.

Earth Day at Meadows: January, 1st through December 31st


“We are all connected -- people, animals, plants, and insects because we are here together, in this moment, on this planet. All living things call Earth home, but only we humans can reverse the threats to Earth that we have created.

Do one thing. Do one thing every day. Unplug an appliance that's not in use, turn off a light when leaving the room, pick up a piece of litter, plant a seed -- one simple task that acknowledges and strengthens our connection to each other and to our collective home.”

–Annie’s

Happy Earth Day everyone! We'll see you on the mountain.

-- Meadows Team

Sno Kona Pond Skim Saturday

GET READY FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL SNO-KONA POND SKIM AT MT. HOOD MEADOWS HAPPENING SATURDAY APRIL 24, 2010



April 19, 2010, Portland, OR — Snowboarders and skiers, get ready to launch yourself across 90 feet of frigid water at the 4th annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim, where you could win a free trip for two to Hawaii. Brought to you by Kona Brewing Company, the Sno-Kona Pond Skim takes place Saturday April 24 at Mt. Hood Meadows with festivities kicking into high gear from 9 am to 4pm. The day will be jam-packed with live music, Polynesian décor, leis and other giveaways, many on-snow high jinks and of course, plentiful Kona beer sampling. The tension builds throughout the day with all contestants vying for the grand prize of a trip for two to Oahu, including round trip airfare and hotel, courtesy of All About Hawaii.

Registration is now open at the Mt. Hood Meadows site (www.skihood.com). The field is limited to 100 competitors who will take a qualifying run, and if they make it across the pond they’ll advance to the skim-offs. All competitors must be 21 or over.

The Pond Skim’s local celebrity judges will include weather and all-around outdoors guru Matt Zaffino from KGW-TV, 105.9 The Brew afternoon radio personality Bozyk and Squid from 94.7 FM. Judging will be based on: Best skimming style, Best costume, Best impression made by a woman, and Best showmanship comprised of Best costume and Best crowd reaction while skimming the pond. 

“Last year we had a record amount of participants and everyone had an incredible time,” said Dave Tragethon, executive director of communications for Mt. Hood Meadows. “2009 was also the loudest year to date with the crowd really supporting the contestants trying to win that grand prize trip to Hawaii and everyone made the best of a crazy weather day. No matter what, the Pond Skim is memorable for all of us!”

Prizes

  • First Place - Trip for 2 to Hawaii, KEEN shoes, KEEN messenger bag, $25 REI gift certificate
  • Second Place - Kona Prize Pack (includes two beach chairs, skimboard, backpack cooler, Kona beach towel, set of 12 Kona glasses), KEEN shoes, Yakima Fatcat 4 ski rack, $25 REI gift certificate
  • Third Place - $50 Bamboo Grove Restaurant gift certificate, KEEN messenger bag, Yakima Big Powderhound ski rack, $25 REI gift certificate
  • Best Costume - Snowboard provided by Monster Energy
  • Best Costume - Yakima Big Powderhound Ski Rack
  • Best Splash - Snowboard provided by Monster Energy
  • Best Splash - Yakima Fatcat 4 Ski Rack
  • Best Impression Made by a Female - Dakine Freestyle Bag provided by REI
  • Best Impression Made by a Female - REI Ski Bag

Cost to participate in the Pond Skim is $25 per entrant online, which includes a complimentary Kona beach towel. Day of registration (at $40) will open up only if spots are available, and the event date will be changed to Sunday April 25th in the case of inclement weather.

The Season Continues - Bonus Time

What an awesome month April has been! We've made the most of the snow, keeping HRM and Heather operating beyond their originally scheduled time frames. We're committed to keep operating these lifts daily through April 25, but there could be some interruptions on days that the weather goes south. Here's an update for the remainder of the season.

Hood River Meadows Operations Extended Weather Permitting

Hood River Meadows is tentatively scheduled to operate daily through April 25, including the HRM parking lot, HRM skier services center, Renaissance Cafe, the Hood River Meadows high speed quad which will provide service to Forest Park, Park Place and gated access to Private Reserve and S&R Cliffs. HRM operations could be affected by weather – we may decide not to operate HRM if the weather forecast or conditions suggest a low turn out day at the resort. We will announce operations on our snow phone and conditions page on our web site.

May Weekend Operations

We've announced our intentions to extend our season on the first three weekends in May - Saturdays and Sundays May 1-2; 8-9; and 15-16. . Here's the plan - hours of operation will be from 9 AM - 2 PM, with three lifts Mt. Hood Express, Cascade Express and Buttercup scheduled to operate. We should have the Cascade Park available for freestylers - we expect it to ride like a combination of Park Place and Forest Park - a fun flowing park using many of the same features from those parks. Shipyard may also be available for lower mountain riding. Weather can affect our operations so you'll want to check our conditions page throughout the week and especially Friday - Sunday for the most up-to-date May weekend schedule and lift operations.

Keep Your Unlimited Season Pass For Next Season

The same unlimited season pass you are using this season can be used for lift access next season, once it is renewed. So keep that pass! We'll be announcing pricing for renewing season passes later this summer and provide an easy way for you to go online to renew. Once renewed you'll be able to use the very same pass for lift access next season - no picture or reissue required. It's one more convenience we are happy to provide to our loyal season pass holders! And if you want to have a new picture or reissued pass for your collection - no worries - you'll be able to do that if that is your wish.

See you on the mountain!

-- Meadows Team

CandyGrind Rail Jam Saturday in Shipyard

The CandyGrind Spring Splash Rail Jam will be held Saturday in Shipyard. We're working on the park to set up sweet rail lines for this fun event which will benefit SOS Outreach. Registration will be day of at Group Services in our main lodege from 8 - 10 AM. Warm ups then a rider's meeting and we expect the heats to start around 11 AM.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED, as is a lift ticket or season pass. You can purchase a competitors ticket at registration for $45 (good for the entire mountain) or a Buttercup Only ticket for $35 if you're only going to hang at the event site. Even if you're hiking a lift ticket or season pass is required.

Here's the set up: 1 barrel to dance floor, 1 a-frame dance floor, 1 ball jib, 1 down flat down, 1 down flat, 1 down rail.

Fishbowl Coriggated pipe and dance floor features at Mt. Hood Meadows

There's plenty of prizes thanks to all of our sponsors. There's also ski and snowboard divisions for men and women, with categories for under 15 and 15 and older. Heats will be determined once registration is completed. It's just $10 to register and half the registration fee goes to SOS Outreach.

Candy Grind Rail Jam at Mt. Hood Meadows

Parks Scheduled to Operate Daily through April 25

We're planning on running our current park offerings daily through April 25. That includes Park Place and Forest Park served by the HRM lift. HRM operations could be affected by weather – we may decide not to operate HRM on certain days if the weather forecast or conditions suggest a low turn out day at the resort. We will announce operations on our snow phone and conditions page on our web site.

We'll be moving features to the Cascade Park for our May weekend operations. We may still offer Shipyard in May.

Here's the latest update from parks as of Thurday morning:

Thursday April 15th, 2010
Super Pipe: Fresh cut.
Mini pipe: Fresh cut.
Park Place: Groomed. 4 table tops, 2 hips, 1 step down, and 1 box.
Forest Park: Groomed. 1 mini ramp, 1 box top, 1 up log, 1 flat down couregated, 1 down rail, 1 up flat box, 1 kicker rail, 2 step ups, 3 table tops, and 2 step downs.
Zoo: Groomed. Rollers, 2 boxes, 3 mini jumps, 1 hip, 1 rainbow rail, and 1 mini pipe.
Shipyard: Closed for a rebuild for Saturday's rail jam. 
Rose City: Groomed. 2 table tops, 1 battle ship, 1 down rail, and 1 wall ride.
Bank Slalom: 15 bank turns.

Full Sail Banked Slalom

Thanks to everyone who competed in last Saturday's Full Sail Banked Slalom! You can see the results here. It was a great event and really showed how much fun bombiing down a banked slalom course can be. The Banked Slalom course has been reopened for public riding and features 15 turns.  

Mt. Medical Clinic and Patrol HQ Dedication

Mt. Hood Meadows officially dedicated two buildings Saturday, both receiving Green Building Council LEED certification. The Mountain Medical Clinic, constructed two summers ago received a LEED certified gold award, and the midmountain Patrol Headquarters constructed three summers ago was LEED certified silver.

Excerpts from Mt. Hood Meadows CEO Matthew Drake address at the ceremony:

CEO Matthew Drake @ dedication ceremony Mt. Hood Meadows Ski ResortWe are honored to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold and Silver ratings administered by the US Green Building Council for the Mountain Medical Clinic and for the Ski Patrol Headquarters Building. We have designed and constructed these buildings consistent with the core Vision of our company: “Provide an ideal mountain resort experience while respecting Mt. Hood”.

As we make critical decisions about the use, design and construction of our facilities, we know they must function in a challenging mountain environment. Further, they must be part of our long term commitment to sustainability. As a result, we have chosen to make proactive business decisions based on sustainable practices, which are interconnected with our bottom line as a business.

LEED certification display @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski ResortThese two buildings we dedicate today generate an energy cost savings of 49.7%. They are designed and built with earth berming on the lower levels to reduce heat loss in this cold climate and with low-e glazing to minimize heat gain and maximize light transmission. They have high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems and controls, including geothermal heat utilizing a ground source heat pump for water and climate control. Native plants were selected to replant vegetation in disturbed areas, as is our normal practice, to keep natural vegetation in all construction areas.

These buildings are designed to serve our guests for many years into the future, with a minimal impact on our fragile and sometimes ferocious mountain environment. As they serve us and future generations, we will know that they function with minimum environmental impact and maximum cost efficiency creating a virtuous cycle which realizes our three core values of safety, sustainability and service.

We are very proud to have attained LEED Gold and Silver certification for these buildings. I would like to sincerely thank the design, construction and Meadows teams for their dedicated hard work that makes this celebration today possible. Together, we have achieved recognized excellence, consistent with our vision and values.

Thank you and ski safely and sustainably!

Elected officials from Clackamas and Hood River counties, a representative from Senator Ron Wieden's office, forest service officials, and representatives from the architectual and construction companies, as well as Mt. Hood Meadows staff attended the dedication. The event was opened with a traditional blessing by Chief Delvis Heath, Chief of the Warm Springs, Confederated tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation.

  Dignitaries at the LEED Ceremony Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Pictured Left to Right:

Jay Ward Senator Ron Wyden’s Office
Clackamas County Commissioner Charlotte Lehan
Hood River County, Commission Chairman, Ron Rivers
Mt. Hood Meadows CEO Matthew Drake
Clackamas County Commissioners Jim Bernard
Chief Delvis Heath, Confederated tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
Hood River County Commissioner Chuck Thomsen
Kneeling: Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Gary Larsen

Awesome Saturday Leads to Easter Sunday

Our miracle March has taken us into Amazing April. Saturday was our peak day of the season - it's amazing what the attraction of 6 feet of fresh powder will do. Our apologies to those who were turned away today - but our lots were full by 10:30 AM and we had no place to park, resulting in some turn aways. In situations like this we update our snow phones, web page, twitter feeds and Facebook page regarding parking lot status. We started those today at 9:30 AM anticipating a busy day. As some of the morning powder hunters left for the day, we allowed parking on a space by space available basis - and by 11:40 AM we were back to parking most everyone coming up at that time. 

Visibility and storm recovery prevented the operation of Cascade and Vista - the storm continued throughout the day. There's so much powder cats couldn't even make the climb this morning to the top of Cascade. We'll continue working on both lifts to get them open Sunday - a nice Easter gift for sure! We also couldn't open Heather due to extremely poor visibility - significant debris in the main Heather gut at Twilight with evidence of airblast - significant concern about the Clark side and debris/airblast hitting the run out. We know it was disappointing for guests not to be able to get into Heather today but safety comes first. 

 

Sunday should present the same exceptional conditions - but being Easter we don't expect as many guests. But you never know, as awesome as the conditions are (and as the pictures below will attest to) what would you rather be doing with your Sunday?

Happy Easter - and we'll see you on the mountain soon!

Sammy Carlson on a powder day @ Mt. Hood Meadows Richard Hallman Photograph
Sammy Carlson in S&R Cliffs photo by Richard Hallman.
Sammy Carlson on a powder day @ Mt. Hood Meadows Richard Hallman Photograph
Who needs a terrain park - Sammy can fly anywhere! Richard Hallman photo.

 

Randy Boverman in the powder at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Photographer Randy Boverman puts down his camera long enough to enjoy the powder! Grant Myrdal Photography.

Skitch the Sasquatch in powder at Mt. Hood Meadows - Aaron Schulz photographer for Grant Myrdal Photography
The powder even brought out the elusive Sasquatch - that's how good it is! Aaron Schulz photographer, Grant Myrdal Photography.