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.
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!