Meadows Blog

Summer Update

We’re almost at the midpoint between seasons – and here on Mt. Hood that’s not as long as most ski resorts. We’ve been hard at work with summer trails and lift maintenance so we can continue to consistently offer the best skiing and snowboarding experience that we can provide. Looks like we’re going to get a lot of help from nature this season – a La Nina is forecast, which for the Northwest and Mt. Hood historically means colder temperatures and more snow accumulation. Let’s hope it starts early so we can all be enjoying the slopes in November (or even earlier if possible!)

Season Pass Renewal

Season passes will be on sale on our web site by September 1. Prices will be announced soon - we’re finalizing the process of allowing last year’s pass holders to simply renew their pass online (through the purchase process,) which will allow you to use last year’s pass this season. So those not wanting to get a new picture will be able to go direct to the lifts this season using last season's pass. We still need to get a liability release signed for this season and we’re working out details to make that most convenient, which includes a schedule of appearances at movie premiers, retail locations, sign up parties and of course the Portland Ski Show to make it convenient for you.

New Adventures in Freestyle

This season we’ll be offering the “New Adventure Freestyle Terrain Park” weekends and holidays, staffed by our ski school for those venturing into freestyle. It will be located next to the Shipyard Park under the Buttercup lift, and serviced by our “repurposed” rope tow - no additional charge to those being coached in our freestyle lessons.

Summer trail maintenance includes the popular terrain where we build parks, which will allow us to operate parks more consistently regardless of weather conditions. Fun, flow and progression along with consistency in operation is our freestyle experience focus to allow park riders to responsibly select features to match their ability and progress their skills.

A new freestyle online web experience will debut this fall – showcasing the features in our parks. We'll be able to locate features in our online parks as they are constructed in our real parks - and you'll be able to help us enhance the online experience by sending us your pix and video on those features. Together we'll be able to keep our park riding community connected.

You’ll also be hearing more about our Terrain Park Education program, emphasizing the Smart Style approach to freestyling. A challenging online quiz will be offered and those who take the challenge and pass will be rewarded with prizes, discounts and incentives. A blog on this topic will be coming this fall.

Welcome to Fresh Tracks Deli

Fresh, healthy, quality food and hospitable service done consistently and quickly in a very welcoming and friendly environment is the mission for our new Fresh Tracks Deli. Located in the old Meadows Mart location – slope level of the North Lodge – Fresh Tracks will offer made-to-order sandwiches, salads and other fresh, healthful faire. The menu will favor local ingredients, organic when possible, and there will be some gluten free items available. The fresh smoothies, parfaits, stir-fried veggies over brown rice and organic oatmeal should be instant hits! A proud Director of Food Services Mark Fellows gives you a video tour of Fresh Tracks.

Congratulations to Andy Jewell who suggested “Fresh Tracks Café” on our Facebook page. Andy receives a $50 gift card and will be invited to the grand opening of Fresh Tracks Deli at the beginning of the season. Our own Kelly Crowe also receives a $50 gift card – she also suggested the “Fresh Tracks” name early on in the process.

Cooper Spur Mt. Resort

Take a welcome break to Cooper Spur Mt. Resort on the north side of Mt. Hood. Surrounded by forest, Cooper Spur is a convenient escape for an overnight respite or a multi-day getaway. The combination of lodge hotel rooms, condos or cabins, hot tubs, accessability to hiking and great dining in the restaurant make for a relaxing and refreshing break. Check out the new online reservation system at Cooper Spur Mt. Resort. It’s been a great summer and right now we’re offering some awesome rafting / lodging packages.

Blog Worthy

What would you like us to cover in the Blog, particularly as we're gearing up for the upcoming season? Comment with your suggestions - what is that you want to know about? In the meantime, join the conversation on our Facebook page. Our community continues to grow and it's great to see snow sport enthusiasts keeping engaged and excited about the season to come!

20 Comments

  1. Bill

    July 29, 2010

    ...and for the skiers!!! Maybe remove a few small trees to open up the top the "O Ring" run?

  2. Cody Sorensen

    July 30, 2010

    Some of us working folks actually have to save up money for a seasons pass. It would be helpful for us to know the price of the seasons pass before it actually goes on sale, or if we are going to have to round up a group of people in order to purchase the pass. Most people have been waiting all summer for this information. Thanks for keeping your loyal customers informed of the new deli. I am much more concerned about my brown organic rice than the price of my winter fun.

    Meadows: Thanks Cody. Sorry to delay on this information, but we want to make sure that we're fully prepared to act once passes go on sale, which historically has been September 1. For planning purposes consider pricing similar to last year's group purchases - but not requiring a group in order to get those prices. It's all part of the added convenience we are offering particularly to last year's pass holders who will only need to renew and sign a liability release to use last year's season pass.

  3. Tim

    July 31, 2010

    Is the mountain garbage pick up hosted by Heidi happening this summer?

    Meadows: Not this year - instead we will be collecting native wildflower seeds with the National Forest Foundation August 28. We had a staff mountain clean up day earlier this summer, and our employees routinely pick up litter as melt off exposes it between seasons. Hope you can join us August 28!

  4. ropetow?

    August 3, 2010

    so will the ropetow park have features and be open to the public?

    Meadows: The primary purpose of the rope tow is to serve the New Adventure terrain park and those just learning how to freestyle. That park will have entry level features so our coaches can introduce those trying out freestyle to the basic techniques. We haven't determined yet whether the tow will be available for general public not being coached. We'll have more details as we get closer to the season. Thanks for the post!

  5. Joe

    August 3, 2010

    So, basically, there is going to be a rope tow in shipyard???
    That has been a long time coming....

    Meadows: All the better to serve our guests. At this point we haven't determined whether the tow operates just for the New Adventure terrain park or whether it will be available for Shipyard which features small to medium features as well.

  6. Ed Lonsway

    August 4, 2010

    To the Meadows staff, thanks for the great communication this summer. Everytime I see someone griping you handle it with class, more than most deserve. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that passes will be more expensive but probably within $100 of last years 4x4. You all have done a great job saying as much as you can while finalizing your pricing strategy for the year. Let's hope the snow comes heavy and frequently this year! Take care and see you this winter!

    Meadows: Thanks for the post! Stay tuned for some exciting news that will add even more value to your season pass! Counting down - to September 1!

  7. Eric

    August 5, 2010

    If you are not going to require group purchases this year then I will thank you in advance. When I moved here two years ago I was amazed at how hard you had made to buy a pass. I had a fusion and Meadows pring pass last season. I'm happy to say that after a great spring i'll be returning to Meadows full time. You won back my patronage.

    Meadows: Thank you so much and welcome back to Meadows! The 4x4 was a great promotion and it certainly helps generate buzz and create some new pass holders thanks to the peer pressure it creates. But offering the convenience of renewing online and using last year's pass without having to repicture certainly has value which we also recognize. We appreciate the loyalty and are stoked about the season - especially all the buzz about La Nina - which usually means a cooler, wetter winter (big dumps of fresh pow)!

  8. ADam

    August 16, 2010

    As a skier, another feature I would really love to see is a good dedicated mogul hill. Something that can be lapped without riding more than 1 lift. This would really spruce up those days when fresh snow is long gone, the groomers are getting boring and you don't want to hit the park.

    Meadows: Thanks ADam. We do get some naturally occurring moguls on several runs, which come and go with the substantial snowfall we receive. We'll challenge our snow sports division to make some suggestions where the best mogul lines are setting up regardless of whether we have a designated trail.

  9. Danny

    August 16, 2010

    I love skiing at meadows. I am stoked that you guys got a gun to clean up heather canyon. However, I'm bummed out that now you have to have a peeps, probe, and shovel to hike up to superbowl. Two years ago you guys didn't require them up there. And if it is safe to ski under superbowl inside heather canyon why do you need that equipment to hike up a little bit more starting two years ago. Just wanted to ask why? Thanks

    Meadows: Great question! It comes down to the access and the length of time required to mount a rescue. We need the people riding that terrain to be more self-sufficient due to a longer response time. It is fun and challenging terrain which deserves respect and preparedness by those who enter it. Thanks for the post and we'll see you on the mountain!

  10. duhhhhhhh

    August 18, 2010

    Shipyard would be so sick with a ropetow next to it!!! It would be such a waste to block out all the jibbers who would lap that thing early season and progress their riding all season long with quick hot laps. please stoke out the kids!

    Meadows: There are some barriers to this - including the length of the rope tow from dismount to the top of the pulley, which will require a lot of uphill walking to get around the ropetow to get the Shipyard. Right now we're really focused on this supporting the Adventure Park. But we'll see how it goes once we get it operating. Thanks for the post!

  11. Michael Mushi

    August 18, 2010

    I was wondering if you were going to make a new design for the jumps in the park. I was at other resorts and all of them had the same design and when i came back i noticed that Meadows were a lot different

    Meadows: We'll continue to offer a park experience that promotes fun and progression. It's difficult to address specific feature design here because of the multiple parks we'll be offering and their relative sizes - Adventure Park (Small); The Zoo (Small); Shipyard (Small / Medium); Rose City Slopestyle (Small / Medium / Large); the Superpipe (Large); Forest Park (Medium) and Park Place (Large). We will be providing more specific information on each park this season to make it easier for enthusiasts to match their abilities and desired experience with the right park. Stoked!

  12. Rope Towww!!!!

    August 23, 2010

    I think a rope tow in the shipyard would be so sick, especially for the early season riding. I think the rope tow should only service the standard features in the park (very small beginner features, and long boxes, down box, small jibs/ wall ride) The bigger features in shipyard should be lift lap able but I think the standard features will get more use and are better for progression. This will solve the rope tow length issue as well.

    Meadows: Thanks for the input. We'll see how things go in the Adventure Park first and improve as we go. Can't wait for the snow to get those parks built and open!

  13. colton

    August 24, 2010

    what time is meadows estimating the season be open?

    Meadows: As soon as snow allows - last season was 11.11. The season before it was 12.9. Historically opening day is just before Thanksgiving. Thanks for the question!

  14. ericmrice

    August 26, 2010

    may I suggest something? This past season I just started riding park. And when i started learning spins I found how hard it was to set up the trick when the jump is so skinny. It would be a lot better if instead of a large side and a small side to most jumps ( mostly in park place and rose city ) to have a few extra wide single jumps.

    Meadows: Thanks for the suggestion which we'll share with our parks crew. Some of the jumps and their design is dictated by the terrain and the cut of the trail. But this is good insight. See you on the mountain, hopefully soon!

  15. Mat

    August 29, 2010

    It would be great to have some big hits, more pop, and something not on HRE, a few years back you had 3 good hits off the ridge cutting down to shooting star, something big and long over there would be great!

    Meadows: Thanks for the post. We're going to focus our park building resources on the six parks and one (or two) Superpipes we have in our current plan.

  16. Calvo

    August 31, 2010

    Is this season going to be a rough nice pow season or jsut a normal still shredding season? and if so where can i find information that will tell all thsi information?

    Meadows: We're pleased to report that the latest forecast from the NWS Climate Prediction Center is for a strong La Nina for this season, indicating a colder wetter winter which usually brings well above average snow accumulations to Mt. Hood. Here's the link: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.html

  17. Cameron

    August 31, 2010

    are there only a certian amount of season passes sold each year?

    Meadows: We haven't placed a limit on the amount of season passes sold in the past. There are deadlines for the early season price breaks - prices go up significantly after November 7.

  18. Jon

    September 1, 2010

    And its Wed, the much anticipated day that we finally get to see what the season pass price is going to be.....and....well...stand a deliver MHM, we've been waiting.

    Meadows: We said we'd announce today - and we will!

  19. steve

    September 7, 2010

    I love the creativity in the park, that is what keeps me coming back year after year. Always stepping it up with your jibs and jumps, always something new. The lines you can take are endless. Forest Park is the key to a good day.

    Meadows: Thanks for the post! Be Park Smart - know Smart Sytle and ATML!

  20. gabe

    October 1, 2010

    are you guys gonna set up a park on cascade/vista this year? last year it never really happened but in the years past its pretty dope. we need bigger hits so if your not doing a park up there could we vamp up park place? maybe put a big hill at the top of rose city so you can get more speed, build bigger jumps there

    Meadows: Our plan is to build Cascade Park in the spring - late March and April, plus any extended season into May. The park was delayed this season due to last April's return to winter, but by mid-April the park was riding sweet! Park Place will be similar to season's past - the terrain really dictates the sizing and spacing of jump features. Adding height ot Rose City isn't really an option, but we do plan on widening it to create three distinct lines - small, medium and large from right to left.

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