Meadows Blog

La Nina Forecast for Powdery Season

The annual "What will winter be like" presentation of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorologists Society was held at OMSI today. Every presenter agreed that we are headed into a La Nina winter, which should pile up an above average snowpack at Mt. Hood Meadows this season.

The only question seemed to be when it would start - and just how much above average snow will accumulate this winter.

Watch the video to see the expert's forecast.

Tyree Wilde says this La Nina is good news for skiers and snowboarders - expecting above average snowpack and consistent snow throughout the season.

George Taylor and Pete Parsons both feel that we could be open by Thanksgiving. Parsons said he forecasted the mild October we are enjoying, but in another week or so things could change. Taylor said watch out for the "snap" a very abrupt start to winter which will bring a lot of pre-Thanksgiving snow to the mountains.

Parsons expects lower freezing levels resulting in a dryer, more powdery snow. Can you say 07/08 all over again?

So prepare yourself for a big snow season at Meadows. Purchase your season pass before the November 7 deadline. Check out Outer Limit Sports and the High Performance Center for the apparel and equipment best suited for a big snow season.

We'll see you on the mountain - hopefully soon!

-- Meadows Team



  1. Kevin

    October 21, 2010

    Snow by Sunday!

  2. Michaela Sanchez

    October 23, 2010

    I love to snowboard and this year I know thats all im going to be doing!!!

  3. Niklas

    October 24, 2010

    I can't wait!!!!!! But I can't afford a season pass so I have to get the 5 time night skiing pass....

  4. Tommy

    October 26, 2010

    When is opening?

    Meadows: As soon as we have enough snow to offer a quality product that we can sustain. Hopefully soon!

  5. Xanno

    October 26, 2010

    AHHHHHHHH I can't wait! i love meadows

  6. Bill

    October 27, 2010

    Please be open by halloween!!!

  7. seth

    October 27, 2010

    coldest winter in over 50 years!!

    Meadows: POWDER!

  8. Chronic

    November 2, 2010

    Dear Snow Gods...

    Please bring good yummy snow soon. And if possible, bury Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga in your snow so I dont have to hear about them anymore. thanks


    November 11, 2010


    Meadows: We share your enthusiasm!

  10. Eric

    November 14, 2010

    how much snow do you need? i know you have to have enough to offer a quality product that you can sustain, but how much is that?

    Meadows: We're about to find out! This storm is looking pretty good.

  11. Dan

    November 18, 2010

    I Love you Guys!

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