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Party in the Park New Year's Eve

Mt. Hood Meadows will throw a party in the park at its Shipyard Park New Year's Eve from 8 PM until Midnight. The party is open to everyone, but focused on the teen crowd that can't party with the Essentials (21 and older party in Vertical).

DJ Nate will pump up the vibe, snacks with cider and hot chocolate will be served and there'll be fun contests and chances to win some great prizes from our sponsors. A "Fireworks Wander" will be organized to bring revellers from the Park to the base area to watch the Fireworks, followed by a "Slow-down Throw-down" rail jam. Helmet required along with a registration form signed by parent or legal guardian.

Here's the schedule (subject to change). Click on it for a printable version.

Party in the Park @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort  

SuperPipe Opens for the Season

Mt. Hood Meadows SuperPipe
Mt. Hood Meadows opened up a nice present Christmas Day - our 500 foot long in-ground SuperPipe. It's one of the only pipes in the country to be operating this early, featuring 18 foot walls and its night-lighted. Our grooming crew has been farming the available snow to amass the considerable amount of snow needed to build the SuperPipe.

Park Place now has three jumps - two tables and a step up - as we continue to build out our parks.
Park Place @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Photos by Temira Wagonfeld.

You can check out the park status on our conditions page which lists each park and its features.

The new Meadows Parks web site will be launching soon. We've had some technical difficulties integrating the programming into our site which we are currently working through, but we'll have it up and operating for you shortly.

Holiday Events and Operating Schedule

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort holiday season kicks off this weekend. For the next two weeks Meadows has scheduled special Après Ski live performances and holiday entertainers, as well as ski school clinics and camps. Lifts are scheduled to operate daily beginning at 9 AM, including Christmas and New Year’s Days and there will be extended night operations during Christmas week. It culminates with a New Year’s Eve spectacular, exquisite dinner, fireworks and a party with “The Essentials” the top rated dance party band on the west coast!

The schedule and listing of events is below, but first enjoy this special holiday video put together by Pierce Hodges from our M-Comm.

We will be operating from 9 AM – 9 PM daily through January 2, except for Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) when lifts close at 4 PM, and Friday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve) when lifts operate until 12:15 AM.

day date hours
DAY date hours
Monday Dec 20 9 - 4
Monday Dec 27 9 - 9
Tuesday Dec 21 9 - 4
Tuesday Dec 28 9 - 9
Wednesday Dec 22 9 - 9
Wednesday Dec 29 9 - 9
Thursday Dec 23 9 - 9
Thursday Dec 30 9 - 9
Friday Dec 24 9 - 4
Friday Dec 31 9 - 12a
Saturday Dec 25 9 - 9
Saturday Jan 1 9 - 9
Sunday Dec 26 9 - 9
Sunday Jan 2 9 - 9
Always check snow conditions page or snow phone for current lift operating schedule or changes to scheduled operations.
MEADOWS AFTER DARK evening operations are normally offered Wednesday through Sunday evenings until 9 PM. Modifications to this schedule include Christmas Eve when lifts will close at 4 PM. From December 25 – January 2 Meadows will operate lifts until 9 PM, adding to extra evenings of Meadows After Dark. On New Year’s Eve lifts operate an extra hour, not closing until after 12:15 AM. 

TWILIGHT KIDS CLUB which is normally offered Saturdays and Sundays will be offered each evening from December 25 – January 2. This provides 4 to 12 year olds supervision from 3 – 7 PM, with a 2 hour lesson in between, dinner and a lift ticket for just $75 – and Mom or Dad gets a 3 – 9 PM Meadows After Dark ticket for free! 

PARK & RIDE SHUTTLE FROM PORTLAND RUNS DAILY from December 18 through January 2 (EXCEPT DECEMBER 24 AND 25 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). The shuttle picks up at three convenient metro-area locations. Bus seats must be purchased in advance through the resort’s web site SkiHood.com.

NORDIC CENTER OPEN DAILY December 16 - January 2 from 9 AM - 4 PM.

MT. HOOD MEADOWS HOLIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR

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Dec. 18: Grand Masters Clinic
Designed for seniors who are intermediate or above skiers or riders. Modern techniques specifically designed to help you ski / ride more easily and efficiently so you can get the most out of your day. 

Dec. 18-19: Ski with Santa
Santa’s revving up for his big night so here’s your chance to give him your last-minute Christmas list.

Dec. 18-19: Jack Quinby Holiday Brass
Let the Holiday Brass bring the spirit of the season to you and yours. Light-hearted and lively arrangements will bring smiles to the faces of the group’s audience. The Holiday Brass is a quartet of some of the most in-demand players from our area. They'll be playing Holiday Brass music throughout the lodge.

Dec. 18-19: Acoustic Minds performs Live at Meadows Après Ski 3 – 6:30 PM Vertical
Sweet soul driven harmonies over tight powerful songwriting. Influences vary from deep soul filled blues to rock and jazz. Live performances are a must see for this twin fronted group. Apres Ski at the Vertical Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Dec. 19: All Mountain Carving Clinic
All day session allow instructors to address all the goals of participants wherever they want to go on the mountain. It’s a great way to kick start your technique for some holiday riding.

Dec. 19: NW Ski & Snowboard Demo Tour
More than a dozen manufacturers are expected on this on-snow demo allowing you to test the latest ski and snowboard equipment. This is a great “try before you buy” opportunity. No charge to demo, although credit card and driver’s license are required. Liability releases required so those under 18 need to bring Mom or Dad to demo.

Dec. 20-22: 3 Day Freestyle Camp
For those wanting to learn freestyle technique of intermediate or more advanced ability. Make reservations @ 503.337.2222 x1419.

Dec. 20-22: 3 Day Holiday Kids Camp
Designed for youth from ages 6 - 12, we team up the kids with others their same age and ability with four hours of on the snow instruction from a certified pro each day. Supervision is provided all day and lunch is included. Make reservations @ 503.337.2222 x1419.

Dec. 26-28: Mark of Mystery Illusionist performs Live 3 – 6:30 PM Vertical
Mark is a self taught illusionist, starting at the early age of 10. He's been entertaining audiences with the art of magic for 19 years!

Dec. 29-30: Jesta performs Live at Meadows Après Ski 3 – 6:30 PM Vertical
Formed in Marquette Michigan in 2003, Jesta moved to Portland and hit the scene with great original music, and exciting live performances every. Alternative / Rock / Electronica to get revved up for an evening on the slopes or celebrate your day. 

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Celebration presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing
Mt. Hood Meadows celebrates New Year's Eve with a fireworks display, spectacular buffet dinner and party featuring “The Essentials” – the top rated dance band on the west coast! We'll run the lifts until Midnight to allow revelers to ski or ride in the New Year. A fireworks display will be launched at around 10 PM. The dinner has two seatings (5 - 6:30 and 7 - 8:30) and “The Essentials” will perform from 8 PM - 12:15 AM!
Brrring in the New Year at Mt. Hood Meadows - presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing and Brrr Seasonal Ale. Adult party buses scheduled from the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Purchase tickets, dinners, party and bus seats online in advance.

Jan. 1: College Bowl Games on the Big Screen TVs at the Vertical Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Jan. 2: Telemark Clinic
For beginning through expert telemark skiers. Traditional “loose heel” Nordic downhill skiing technique embellished by modern equipment and instructional techniques. Participants will be grouped based on ability level and desired outcomes.

Hidden Treasures Nick @ Nite is Mad About MAD

Viva La Nina! the season of the witch. December 22nd and we’ve been barreled over by Mother Nature who just blanketed us with some 20” of fluffy fresh over the past week. With five solid days of epic powder riding in Heather A-zone down; deep serious fresh lines in Jacks, PR and barrels of fun in Ab-Mag under the belt I decided to push the legs a bit further and go shred up some remaining pow stashes Meadows After Dark style.

Night skier @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

As the MComm night reporter I find it my duty to search out the fun lines, and natural hits that exist within our 215 acres of night terrain. Many MHM fans don’t know that when the sun goes down and the stars come out that Meadows pumps under the energized lights. In fact, riders of all levels can have their cake and eat it too, whether you ride from 3pm to close ($29) or race up from PDX and catch some turns from 6pm ($19) on, you’re bound to find plenty of terrain to whet your fancy.

Tonight I found myself fighting through twenty-degree temps and flurries on MHX with a crew of guys who had driven all the way from Vancouver to play in the powder. “We got night passes this year when they dropped to $99”, says Brian, a twenty something boarder from Vancouver who drives almost two hours just to get some turns in “so we all made a pact to come and ride once a week, and man, tonight it’s sick.” We exit the lift and head down to Two bowl where I follow their rooster tail spray off into some trees as they look for hits to throw off. Its 7pm and the snow is
still epic.

Night exposed @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

Over in Shipyard the park is full of high school snowboard teams, and night riders who are all out throwing down on the propane tank, jibbin the tire, or practicing hitting the box. I catch up with some daytime liftees and parks crew bros who are out lapping MHX and Easy. They’ve been riding under Face looking for some natural hits, and are now heading over to Shipyard to play in the park, a cure for any day at the office. “Super sick, bro, catch you over at MHX”, they yell out as we part ways, and though I never catch up with them again until later as they’re leaving the Alp I know that
they, like the rest of the two hundred or so night riders, are having a blast under the lights.

Every night I leave the Nick @ Nite pick for the next days riding based off weather forecasts and current surface conditions. But I feel I’ve been robbing my night posse of some of my favorite stashes and so to help you Meadow-cate properly I ran them all tonight in order as I would if I were hitting “first chair” Meadows After Dark.

  • 3pm, I head to Shooting Star and pick off lines of fresh near Rock Garden, or pass for clean hits off Gemini, trust me they are there.
  • I close down Star chair with some pow covered riders from the day, and I’ve almost got them talked into a night upgrade. “It only gets better” I yell back to them, and believe it or not they are the second to last group of riders out there at 9pm.
  • 4pm It’s back to MComm for me to update the conditions, but my doppelganger alter ego is still out riding MHX, hitting One Bowl down though Two, picking off lines around Wee Bee Gee Bee until patrol ropes it off. Hitting dark pillowy line skiers left of MHX chair.
  • 7pm it’s time to check out the park and to practice riding switch while taking in the excitement of being surrounded by some pretty sick local riders.
  • By 8pm I am super psyched about hitting up Face and the Bowls again, but instead I rip down Ridge Line with some kids out of Tigard who demonstrate the “proper” way to “run the ridge bro” and learn some new things along the way.
  • 9pm I catch up with some Acoounting peeps who have emerged from the vault for a closing lap. “We gotta get out and breathe the powder”, one of them says before tearing down under MHX. A guy decked out in his gear circa 1990 riding next to us agrees with a celebratory pole up, and then dives down Face.

One Bowl @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

And that is what I love about nights. The MHM peeps that drive straight from work as fast as they can just to pack in some turns under the lights. Some are breaking out the gear for the first time since the Clinton years, some are bringing the family up for the discounted rates, and others are driving up after work to suffice their powder fix. If you came up tonight, lets just say it was well worth the drive from Vancouver. Deep skier cut powder with fresh pow stashes still lingering in One and Two bowl. Super fun hits with fluffy landings on Face and in the dark skiers left. And the best part, at 9pm its still snowing.

From the Fall Out shelter, deep in the MComm lair, this is Nick @ Nite reminding you that early season conditions exist, now go out and ride them.

Twilight Kids Club Kudos

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone at Mt Hood Meadows for an outstanding day! Your twilight kids program made it financially feasible to introduce my daughter to the sport and your staff was wonderful. We were greeted with smiles and positive attitudes everywhere we went, even cookies at the front door! The rental staff made the difficult task of getting two kids outfitted as pain-free as possible and your instructors were top notch, even providing me with slope side progress reports.

I am a long time skier/snowboarder and have been looking forward to the time when I can enjoy skiing with my daughter, thank you for making her first day a success! Having a few hours to get a few turns in myself was the icing on the cake, what a great time!

Please feel free to pass this message on to those who were responsible for such a great experience.

-- Josh

Overcoming - Painful Feet

Maureen's love for skiing had been interrupted by something that has affected most of us - painful feet. For Maureen her ski day was being cut short by early afternoon as she just could not endure the severe aching her feet were experiencing. She has unusually high arches and her boots just weren't giving her the support she needed. The boots felt like they fit when she pulled them on in the morning, but the cumulative stress and pressure led to the pain which eventually took her off the mountain.

A trip to the Boot Lab and a session with retail manager Nate Turner made all the difference for Maureen. The custom boot fitting process is presented here - along with the immediate and significant change in comfort and performance that Maureen experienced her first day in her custom boots. She is reenergized and stoked that she no longer has to quit early due to pain and can fully enjoy the sport she loves.

Whatever is preventing you from getting out and totally enjoying an activity or pursuit - do something about it! If it's your passion, don't let annoyances get in the way, particularly when tecnology is available and affordable.

We'll see you on the mountain soon!

HPC Boot Lab will save your feet

The past three seasons, I have been dealing with horrible foot pain from my boots. I have tried a bunch of different brands of boots and they all gave me trouble, actually, they were ruining my on hill experience. Finally, on opening day I had had enough of the pain and decided to go to the High Performance Center and see what they could do for me. I ended up talking to Matt Monboquette at the HPC about the issues I was having and he suggested that I get some conformable footbeds. Apparently he had just attended the Masterfit University and was gung-ho to make my boots work. Not only did he make my boots fit like they were made for me, he gave me all kinds of great tips about lacing and fit in general that I was previously oblivious to. The process is quick, easy and affordable! If your boots are hurting or you just want to experience ultimate comfort in your boots you will not regret going to see these guys.

-- Clint

Meadows: Thanks to Clint and to our crew at the HPC. By the way, Clint snowboards and was our first guest that we make customized footbeds for snowboard boots for. The principals work for both disciplines so stop by HPC to find out how we can improve your day on the mountain.

At the Gates of Heather

Having skied my legs off the past eight days I took a breather Saturday morning to soak the bones and rest the legs. But egged on by my roommate, and pestered by the nagging thought of being the Heather possibly opening, I decided to trudge up the hill mid day anyways. I am glad I did. By time I got on the mountain, word was buzzing of an opening. I had to know so I hussled down to HQ, and there sitting on my desk in big sharpie bold letters was the note I was waiting for. “Heather open 1:08 pm. Call this the handoff. Phones are updated. Get your a** out to the canyon stat. Freshies await.”

Scroll down to see a video on Heather

So here it is December 4th and we’re already dropping fresh lines in Heather! Hard to believe, but there I was caught off guard and without notice that I had better strap up and ship out if I wanted the fresh lines I had been salivating over for the past three weeks. I raced through the lodge skis flailing, gear shaking, nerves pumping, blood racing just itching to get out and ride. But when I got back to the office I remembered I had a meeting to join up the Pac Rats ski league. It was one of those “yeah, uh huh” kind of meetings while strapping into my boots and pulling my under layers on. With confirmation that I was on the team in hand, the fastest 20 minute turned to eight-minute meeting I have ever had, I was out the door and flying up the mountain eager as a kid on Christmas. The snow did not disappoint.

Getting ready to drop to Heather at the Twilight Gate at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

Already tracked up by the mouth watering, eye ogling riders who like me had been waiting all year for fresh tracks in the canyon, at 1:45pm, I descended in from Twilight hanging skiers right for the steep pow stashes to be found in the trees right of Moon Bowl but somewhere left of AbMag. There stashed away in the wintery wonderland were nice natural features pleading to be hit; steep tree lines that hadn’t been run, nice slot canyons that haven’t been filled in yet by mid winter snows, and tons of powder to be hit if you just knew where to go.

Conditions today were pretty stellar for an early opening. Heavy buttery smooth fresh pow with deep love and forgiveness in the trees, plenty of coverage; just the kind of conditions for a have-at-it fest in the canyon.

Amazing Heather the day the canyon opened at Mt. Hood Meadows

I left the Heather today against my will, but agreeing with my burning legs. It was time to go. The conditions had to be reported, the story had to be told. Duty bound, and eager to rub it in to my roommate who took his ride break at noon before the canyon opened, covered head to toe in white, snow dripping from my goggles and packed into my helmet, I ran out Heather Canyon Run Out for a silent meditation and reflection of the absolute beauty the mountain has to offer. That silence didn’t last.

Back at MComm everyone is abuzz with stories from ride buddies dropping by to share the best hits of the day. “It’s going to be the season of the Witch,” I deem it, and someone yells, “Bring it on La Niña, we love you.”

The boot warmers are buzzing here at MComm. The gear drying out. It’s only December 4th, and I’ve already received my Xmas wish. Do your snow dance Meadows, and I’ll see you in the Canyon.

From the Fall Out Shelter, hunkered deep in the MComm lair. This is Nick @ Nite reminding you that early season conditions exist, now go out and ride them.

And now a video shot by Mt. Communications (MComm) team members Temira Wagonfeld and Pierce Hodges - edited by Pierce. Enjoy!

Heather Canyon Opens Saturday

Heather Canyon opened today for the first time this young 2010-2011 season! It is one of the earliest openings of the legendary Canyon ever. The lower Canyon was opened from the Twilight gate down..
 
With the Civil War game going on, crowds were light when Ski Patrol dropped the gates just after 1pm. Only 25 or so lucky skiers and riders were waiting at the Twilight gate, and they scored fresh powder tracks the whole way down. The Heather chairlift operated today and is on the schedule for the next several days before the next storm system arrives, as conditions in the Canyon allow.
 
Cold temperatures this week kept the snow from the last storm light and fluffy in the Canyon, and continued cold temperatures the next three days should keep the snow light and carveable. Ski Patrol continues to work on the upper Canyon. If Mother Nature works with them, we may see more terrain open soon, with more early-season black diamond powder turns!
 
On your way back to the lift, stay to the skier's left of the waterfall rope lines to exit the Canyon. Watch for the bamboo poles marking the snow bridges. Be safe and have fun. Pictures and video are coming!

Heather Canyon Lift @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Happy riders on the Heather Chairlift first day that the Canyon opened!

Making Learning Fun!

Happy New Adventurer at Mt. Hood MeadowsI have a PRAISE!!! I signed up the the 1st timer/3 time lessons. I have to say so far I have loved it. The first day was a little rough (and it was busy, thanksgiving weekend). My second time was perfect I had Rod as a teacher and he was wonderful. I learned a lot and got way more comfortable on my board. You guys/gals made sure that I got into the right class for my level and I would say it was wonderful. Thank you so much for the package for 1st timers, it is completely worth it. You are are doing an AWESOME job!!!! Keep it up.

-- Guest Ali-Andrea

Meadows: The 3 Time Passport at just $99 is an excellent way to begin your New Adventure on the slopes!

Forest Park

It's still early season, but the trail grooming work and efforts made by our parks crew this summer on Tamarack are paying off big time! Forest Park opened Saturday - the earliest that park has ever opened. Currently we have eight features in one primary line - but as you know Forest Park will grow with more features, innovation and diversity. It's just plain fun, as this video shot and edited by our videographer Adam Fleck shows (riders: Ryan Falk, Matt Kratzer, Enzo Plati, Jace Reitan). Enjoy!

-- Parks Crew