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First Snow of the Season

Early Snow – Early Season?

It’s snowing – when will Mt. Hood Meadows open for the season? That’s a pretty deep question, well actually, if it was that deep it would be a pretty easy question to answer.

There are so many variables associated with early season snowfall – moisture content in the snow, wind speed when snowing, how much falls how quickly and our chance to pack it into a solid base upon which to build the rest of the season. We do not take our early season snow lightly – it is the foundation for the rest of the season.

We also need to look beyond the currently falling snow or the currently forecast storm. What’s on the other side – cold weather? More snow forecast? Warming trend? Dry spell? We want to open when we have a quality product that we can sustain – so it’s important that we see a short and long term forecast that would allow us to continue with the season.

Conditions page and forecast links

We’ve had some limited openings (just a few runs or lifts) with a few feet of snow, but generally we need 4 to 6 feet of snow to open up a more substantial amount of the mountain. But as far as early season snow storms go, to get us excited about the season and the possibility of an early opening – this is a good one!

This new snow may attract some trekkers seeking some early season tracks. Be aware of the following – we are not operational and so the terrain grooming and patrol work you are normally accustomed to are not offered. We’d prefer that you get your first tracks elsewhere, but if you do come to Meadows know that:

  • There is currently no patrol or other assistance available.
  • There is no hazard marking (low snow conditions create unexpected and barely visible hazards).
  • Visitors are on their own and we strongly encourage that they go elsewhere.
  • Once we start set-up we will no longer allow up-hill travel within our permit area.
  • As always sledding is not allowed (there are many other areas on Mt. Hood that accommodate that activity).

Here’s the list of opening dates from the past 16 seasons.

Opening Dates

94-95 11/4/94 

95-96 12/3/95 

96-97 10/21/96 

97-98 11/24/97 

98-99 11/22/98 

99-00 12/3/99 

00-01 12/1/00 

01-02 11/24/01 

02-03 12/17/02 

03-04 11/20/03 

04-05 12/18/04 

05-06 11/11/05 

06-07 12/9/06 

07-08 11/23/07 

08-09 12/14/08 

09-10 11/11/09

What's your guess? What do you think the first day of the season will be at Mt. Hood Meadows?


  1. pdxmeier

    October 24, 2010

    Lookin good for Nov. 5 to me.

  2. Billy

    October 24, 2010

    I'm just so excited for the season to start. It doesn't matter if it's next week or a month from now. As long as the forecast holds and we have the snow they're predicting, we'll all be blissed out! To a safe, powdery and spectacular year, here's to ya!

  3. Yevgeniy

    October 25, 2010

    based on the weather forecast my best guess is November 8th, or that week!

  4. k2skier

    October 26, 2010

    Opening will be either Friday November 5th or 12th.

    Could you please post more opening dates? As far back as you have them please.

    Meadows: We'll do some more research but that's what we have for now.

  5. Joel

    October 26, 2010

    Nocember 5th sounds good to me =)

  6. Craig

    November 12, 2010

    Gonna be a great season:)

  7. james

    November 15, 2010

    im thinking nov 25 nothing like a black friday opening lol

  8. Yuri L.

    November 3, 2013

    Looks like it's going to be November 5th!!!

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