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Honest Snow Reporting Receives Praise

Over the past two seasons Mt. Hood Meadows has restructured its snow reporting efforts, creating a Mountain Communications team (mComm). These communications pros take the job of reporting accurately and immediately changing conditions and lift operations. Certainly last week's extreme weather presented challenges, but also placed mComm in the spotlight. We wanted to share comments received from guests about our team's efforts - as well as share with you a time lapse sequence of weather photographed by Temira and edited by Pierce from mComm.

Great work team!

Just want to say thanks for the accurate post on the conditions page AND it's nice to have the humor too. I know it's been a tough January but we are dealing with mother nature, so better to find the humor! - Natalie

I just wanted to let you guys know that I really appreciate the humor and honesty that the condition reports have. Whoever is in charge of the communications is doing a great job! They are the best conditions reports I have seen from a mountain. - Allison

Wow, simply amazing! Truth and honesty in the snow ( rain...) report , delivered with humor and a suggestion to come to the mountain anyway to watch the games for a change of scenery and some social time . No other ski areas seem to deliver these fabulous descriptions of what's REALLY happening, instead preferring to hedge their bets with clipped vague wording when the weather is really better for ducks than humans.You ROCK !!! - Julie

5 Comments

  1. k2skier

    January 24, 2011

    I too applaud you for the refreshing snow conditions reporting. It's hard to spin 1-5" of rain a day into a good day of skiing...

    I especially liked the lift descriptions; wet, soggy, moist, damp, saturated...ark & kayak parking.

    Please keep it up, some of the past snow reporting has been less than helpful. And defiantly not this entertaining.

  2. Vlad

    January 24, 2011

    Thanks, weather guys!
    Reading your comments about the weather on that freaky weekend was just something else! I was reloading that conditions page just to read these. When you announced the swimming lessons I almost fell from the chair!

    Keep it up,

    Vlad

  3. Juan

    January 25, 2011

    Agreed, the reporting has been quite good and honest this year and it's appreciated.

    On a separate issue, are you going to be offering spring passes this year?
    Thanks,
    J

    Meadows: Spring pass pricing will be announced shortly before they go on sale March 1. We're planning on having a great spring season - we hope you'll join us!

  4. Zach

    January 30, 2011

    Do you know that the elevation on the NOAA site linked through ski hood.com is forecasted at 6000+ft? Forecasting at the actual base elevation would be nice don't you think? I would say you have had decent reports, when it is raining several inches a day it is hard to not report accurately.

    Meadows: Thanks Zach. The 6000 foot level represents our midpoint better - as our lift served elevation goes from 4500 feet at HRM to 7300 feet at the top of Cascade. There is actually good overlap of the terrain from the zone that is currently selected. But most importantly, our snow reporters will continue to provide the best "nowcast" they can regarding changing conditions.

  5. Jamie

    February 14, 2011

    I totally agree about the snow reports. So refreshing to have them be so candid and lighthearted. You've earned our trust.

    PS: Let us know more about Spring Passes as the info becomes available! I appreciate it. Thanks!

    Meadows: We'll be announcing the Spring Pass pricing around March 1. But don't wait until then - winter is back!

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