NOAA has been talking about it since the end of last season - La Nina is growing and should bring above average snow to Mt. Hood this season. Fox 12's Mark Nelsen posted the following on his blog.
"2. Mountain Snow
Lots of precipitation and cool weather systems = tons of mountain snow. This is probably the #2 most likely event. 11 of 12 moderate-strong La Nina events since 1954 have produced above normal snow at Government Camp. Seems like a pretty good snow signal doesn’t it? The last La Nina winter (2007-2008) was a massive snow year in the Cascades…definitely at the extreme upper end. Get a season pass!!! No, I haven’t accepted a free ski pass in years, so you can be assured I’m not biased. I told folks last year that it would probably be a bad ski season with El Nino and that’s pretty much what happened."
Everybody likes to talk about the weather - here on the Overcoming Inertia blog we advocate taking action. So with the forecast for a La Nina winter at Mt. Hood Meadows, we advise:
- Winterize your vehicle - and get those snow tires on before your first trip to the mountain. Here's a great link to TripCheck winter driving tips.
- Check out the gear we have at Outer Limits Sports to prepare you for storm riding - some of the best days (and nights) on the mountain this season will come during the La Nina driven storms so get ready for it!
- What's in your quiver? The HPC and demo center has "quiver killers" all mountain skis and boards that also provide a smooth, floaty ride in the powder. And with the 30 day price guarantee you'll find the best price available on the wide selection of high performance ski and snowboard equipment sold at the HPC.
- While at HPC make an appointment at the Boot Lab. A custom fit liner, foot beds and possibly some work on your boot shell will connect you with the performance your boot is designed to provide, and create comfort so you can stay in your boots all day run after powdery run. Nate Turner tells you more about the Boot Lab:
See more videos on equipment here.
- Take a steeps / all mountain or powder clinic. We'll be offering them throughout the season.
- And most importantly - start your conditioning now. Get to the gym, or continue your jogging. Hit the stairmaster or exercise bike. This could be the La Nina of all La Ninas so prepare yourself for it!
We'll see you on the mountain!
September 1, 2010, Mt. Hood, OR - Mt. Hood Meadows is holding prices on season passes - offering the same prices as last year’s early season group deals, but not requiring a group to be formed to get the special pricing. Mt. Hood Meadows season passes provide direct-to-lift access to Oregon’s most popular ski resort. Unlimited season passes offer the best bargain and most convenience - with 150+ days of operation scheduled this season, an adult unlimited season pass brings the cost down to under $3 per day!
Early Purchase Individual Unlimited Season Pass Deals!
Mt. Hood Meadows is offering individual discounts on unlimited season passes purchased on-line by November 7. In the past these deals were available only by forming a group!
- $449 for ages 23 – 64 regular price $900 after 11.7.10
- $339 for ages 15 – 22 regular price $600 after 11.7.10
- $229 for ages 7 – 14 regular price $400 after 11.7.10
- $349 for ages 65+ regular price $450 after 11.7.10
- $474 for ages 65+ includes 8 midweek bus rides to the mountain
- Kids 6 and under receive a FREE season pass when a parent or grandparent purchases an unlimited season pass for themselves.
Mt. Hood Meadows features Oregon’s most varied and exciting terrain and also boasts one of the longest ski seasons in the nation. This year's forecast for a cold and wet La Nina in the Northwest - the last La Nina brought almost 800 inches of snow to Meadows - makes a season pass purchase even more prudent!
Passholders also receive valuable discounts on resort services, 25% off midweek ski school lessons and day care, 10% off retail purchases, demo equipment and weekend ski school lessons and day care.
September Online Value Add Bonus
Those purchasing a pass online in September can receive a 25% bonus when adding value to the pass. This added value can be used for purchases at the resort's restaurants, ski school, retail and rental shops.
- $100 of added value will get the pass holder an extra $25;
- $200 of added value will get the purchaser an extra $50.
- The added value bonus is offered at time of online purchase through September 30.
10 Time Pass offers affordability and direct-to-lift convenience
Mt. Hood Meadows lift ticket pricing is $69 for a 9 AM – 4 PM lift ticket. The resort sells several multi-time picture products offering direct-to-lift convenience, the most popular is the 10 Time Pass early-season priced at just $349 (under $35 / day).
Midweek Season Pass
$500 - If your schedule allows you to recreate midweek, then take advantage of this special Monday – Friday pass. Offered for sale after early season unlimited season pass promotion ends.
Meadows After Dark (Night Season Pass)
$250 - Meadows is scheduled to operate five nights a week (Wednesday – Sunday) through March 6. Night skiing is 3 – 9 PM. (Operational schedule subject to change with conditions and weather)
$75 - A track pass provides access to the Meadows Nordic Center Thursdays - Sundays plus holiday time frames through the season and also includes track access to Cooper Spur Nordic Center.
“Renewing” means you’ll be able to use the same pass you used last year, without getting your picture taken or having it reissued. You'll need to keep the same SkiCheck or Cooper Spur pass add ons as last season, since they are part of the pass.
Passes eligible for renewal are Unlimited or Ten Time Passes purchased online last season.
- Unlimited Pass # begins with UNL with 8 digits, no spaces: UNL12345678
- Ten Time Pass # begins with TTP with 8 digits, no spaces: TTP12345678
If your pass was reisssued at pass holder services last season it can not be renewed - you'll need to proceed to the regular pass store to purchase for this season.
The easiest and most direct way to renew is to have your pass handy to enter the pass number. This will link you directly to your record. You can also look up your record using your first and last name and date of birth, but these have to be exact matches.
After you purchase you'll be able to download a liability release form to sign. You can fax, send or email the form to us. Then we'll activate your pass and you'll be ready to go direct to lift for the season!