Meadows Blog

Talon Made the First Time Lesson Great

Hello, I purchased your 3x learn to snowboard package and spent my first day on the mountain yesterday in over 6 years. Your instructor, Talon, was just great. He really broke down the steps so that everyone in the group felt comfortable and made the experience fun for adults who were trying hard and not wanting to look too silly. Thanks for having such a great deal for learning and such great instructors! -- Jennifer

New Line in Rose City and Rails in Park Place

Hey there Park Riders!

Park crew here with your update to the comings and goings up here on the slopes!

These last couple weeks have seen some real development in our parks and we’d love to share it with you. First and foremost we’ve installed an entirely new line to skier’s right of the preexisting jump line in Rose City! Yay! This line includes a fun box, a ledge, and two smaller sized jumps. We hope you are enjoying them as much as we are! Shipyard got shipshape for last weeks rail jam and now features a down flat round rail.

Friday Night Rail Jam Video

In Park Place you might have noticed that the fun doesn’t stop with the jumps any longer. Oh no! We’ve put up a flat down box top and… are you ready for it…a 64ft down flat down box top! Count it, 64 ft! Battle it out with your friends for the title of “1st Successful 50-50” because we certainly did.

As for the rest of our parks: Keep watching, we hear the winds of change might be blowing through the branches of Forest in the near future.
Until next time, happy shredding! Oh, and maybe do a snow dance or two for us!

Cheers!

-- Parks Crew

Compliments to the Groomers

I have been a pass holder for about 20 years and would like to compliment the grooming crew for the amazing quality they produce, and the vast amount of area you groom,( when needed). I love ripping your courderoy! also at least one of you is completely mental for laying a track down that thing at the start of marmot ridge, oring, 4 bowl..ect. what a ride that must be! Keep it up guys. -- Rick

Friday Night Rail Jam Series @ Shipyard

Friday Night Rail Jam @ Shipyard

The Friday Night Rail Jam Series will rock Shipyard this season! The series kicks off this Friday, January 28, from 6 - 8 PM. Music will set the tone for the evening, as riders of all abilities session on featured rails. The event progresses from lower levels to more advanced throughout the evening. Prizes and schwag from our sponsors will keep the vibe going.

No charge to compete - but a liability release is required which you can be downloaded for parental or legal guardian signature for those under 18. Helmet required, no inverted aerials.

February Weekend Programs Registration Deadline

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows is registering now for the popular February consecutive ski and snowboard packages. The sessions are scheduled on consecutive weeks – for instance – four Saturdays in a row, and participants can purchase customized packages containing lift tickets, lessons and equipment rentals. Prices increase $50 Monday, so those purchasing by Sunday, January 30 will get the best price.

4 Time Weekend Sessions Begin Saturday February 5 & Sunday February 6

Weekend sessions are offered for all age groups from elementary school through adult.

  • Sno-Blasters is Meadows premier elementary school aged ski and snowboard program which includes four hours of on-snow lessons each day in a group of kids the same age and ability. The smaller group size and attention from our certified professionals help develop skills and learn etiquette while having fun.
  • For ages 13 to adult adults, Meadows offers an optional 2 hour lesson with lift ticket and equipment rental packages, customized for each participant. Trailblazers (Middle School), High School and Weekend Adult programs are offered.

4 Time Learn to Ski or Snowboard package for just $160!

This Beginner special is for ages 13 and older and packages the first four days of lift tickets, 2 hour lessons and equipment rentals all for $160. It is offered on weekends to Trailblazers, High School and Weekend Adult sessions, as well as Adult Midweek sessions.

Neighborhood Bus Transportation

A network of group organizers run buses to the ski resort from most neighborhoods throughout Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. An online map showing pick up locations for each of the programs can be found here.

The Midweek Adult bus program runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can arrange to ride a bus for a day for just $79 including round trip bus ride and lift ticket.

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

Fun For the Whole Family

1st time on the slopes at 5 years oldThanks for a great weekend ski experience. My husband and I hadn't skied for 10 years and this was our 5 year old's first ski experience and we left our 2 year old daughter in the day care. We were very impressed overall with how well run the resort was. Management seemed very present and involved in making sure everything was running smoothly and customer needs were met. When we had a question about where to find the deli, someone actually walked us there despite a busy Sat. crowd. Also, we observed how all staff from food service to day care, to ski school to rentals, really wanted to make sure we had everything we needed and had a great experience. We will definitely be back. Thanks for working so hard to make everything run so smoothly! -- Rachelle and Family

Rain Forces Early Close Sunday January 16

OK Mother Nature - you win! We're throwing in the towel early today and suspending lift operations at 4 PM. We'll have limited lifts operating through 4 PM then we're heading home to dry off. There'll be no Meadows After Dark this evening.

We're looking forward to forecast snow Monday - as well as the Rotary Night event ($10 lift ticket from 2 - 9 PM Monday). Just a reminder to pass holders and others using prepurchased tickets Monday, that EVERYONE needs to purchase the $10 Rotary fundraising ticket to ride lifts after 4 PM. It's a great event for a great cause - so come on up and support the scholarship fund!

Meanwhile - you can enjoy the video put together by mComm's Pierce Hodges promising some sunny days to come!

Parks Update Sunday January 16

Hey there beloved park riders, your Park Crew here with some updates about what going on here on the hill.

If youve been shredding up here (and braving the monsoon conditions) this last week you will probably have noticed a few changes on the hill. The most notable of those the building of the Rose City Park and the Boarder/Skiier cross track which are located on the South side of the resort. Here's a video shot by Adam Fleck at Rose City Park.

We wrapped up a wet but successful REV tour on the competition venues last week and are looking forward to the Burton Am this Sunday and Monday followed by Noram racing on the cross track this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

As for the North side Parks (Forest and Park Place) they are continually being shown love by our awesome park groomers. Because weve been focusing on the South side to get our venues dialed in for our competitions we havent been able to change stuff up too much but in following weeks watch for more features to show up in Park Place and the tweaking of Forest Park. Were stoked to get these parks built out for your riding pleasure!

So until next time, shred hard, pray for an end to the torrential downpours, and give your Park Crew a hug next time you see um out there with their rakes. Keep the feedback coming because we are here for you!

Cheers!

Park Crew

MLK Weekend Weather

This week's weather has been - interesting to say the least. Lots of precipitation - mostly in the form of rain or freezing rain, and high winds have affected our lift operations. Going into the weekend it looks like the winds will be settling down but we're still going to get rained on Saturday and Sunday.

Rainy Day Special

For those who come up and purchase a full price lift ticket at our lift ticket window Saturday or Sunday ($69 for adults, $39 for juniors or seniors) we'll provide a half-price voucher to come back on a midweek day in January, February, March or any day in April. This offer is for those purchasing tickets (redeeming prepurchased tickets is not included.)

Rotary Night Monday January 17

We'll still operate our lifts on our regular schedule - 9 AM - 9 PM Friday, Saturday, Sunday and even Monday with the Hood River Rotary Fundraiser scheduled Monday evening. You'll need the special $10 Rotary night ticket to ride lifts after 4 PM, even if you have a season or prepurchased ticket - as this is a special fundraising night for Rotary. You can purchase the ticket here at the mountain and use it from 2 - 9 PM Monday.

Park & Ride Runs / Weekend Programs Postponed

Park & Ride  will run all three days as scheduled. However, we are postponing our weekend youth programs both Saturday and Sunday. That affects Sno-Blasters, Trail Blazers, weekend adult, high school and college programs Saturday and Sunday. The reschedule dates are the first weekend in March.

Burton Demo Tour Stop and Am Series

The Demo Stop is on! This is a great time to demo next year's Burton products for free (liability release required with parent or legal guardian signature for those under 18). The demo tour will be presented all three days Saturday through Monday, and the Am series will be presented with a SuperPipe on Sunday and the SlopeStyle on Monday.

Safety Fair Rescheduled for Saturday, January 22

Our annual Safety Fair will be presented Saturday, January 22. You'll have a chance to win a safety messenger bag by finding our safety codesters and reciting "the Code." It's a lot of fun and great to share the message about responsibility on the slopes with everyone.

Mt. Hood Meadows Hosts Rev Tour

MT. HOOD MEADOWS, OR (Jan. 14) - The U.S. Revolution Tour wrapped up its competition at Mt. Hood Meadows, OR with the men’s and women’s snowboardcross and skicross. Hunter Murphy (Deephaven, MN) and Celine Valentin (Simsbury, CT) were able to win the men’s and women’s snowboardcross. Randy Detrick (Saylorsburg, PA) and Tania Prymak (Goshen, NY) took home first place in the men’s and women’s skicross.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
U.S. Revolution Tour
Mt. Hood Meadows, OR – Jan. 14, 2010
Snowboardcross

Men
1. Hunter Murphy, Deephaven, MN
2. Michael Perle, Saddle River, NJ
3. Ryan Stassel, Anchorage

Women
1. Celine Valentin, Simsbury, CT
2. Kristen Harvey, Truckee, CA
3. Meghan Graham, Minnetonka, MN

Skicross
Men
(complete results delayed)
1. Randy Detrick, Salorsburg, PA

Women
1. Tania Prymark, Goshen, MA
2. Stephanie Lawee, Canada

 

MT. HOOD MEADOWS, OR (Jan 13). — Thursday belonged to U.S. skier Kendall Deighan (Vail, CO) as she swept the U.S. Revolution Tour, winning both the women’s slopestyle and halfpipe skiing contests at Mt. Hood Meadows. Tanner Coulter (Eagle, CO) and Daniel Rosenblum (Stamford, CT) grabbed wins in the men’s slopestyle and halfpipe skiing respectively,

After weather postponed Wednesday’s halfpipe competition, skiers were determined to compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle Thursday despite rain and fog. Deighan took the top spot in the women’s slopestyle with a score of 60.50, followed by Kirsten Cooley (Colorado Springs, CO) and Katie Turner (Littleton, CO).

On the men’s side, Coulter captured the slopestyle crown with a score of 90.00 beating out second place finisher Andy Partridge (Park City, UT) and third’s Taeden Schneider-Clark of Canada.

Deighan capped her successful Thursday with an afternoon halfpipe victory. Behind her finished Maddie Eakin (Bend, OR) and Renee Shapiro (Sun Valley, ID).

Rounding out the action, Rosenblum won the men’s halfpipe event, scoring a 31.30, topping second place Conor Garrecht-Connelly (Steamboat Springs, CO) and third place Carson Lehouillier (Squaw Valley, CA).

Official Results
U.S. Revolution Tour
Mt. Hood Meadows, OR – Jan. 13, 2011
Slopestyle

Men
1. Tanner Coulter, Eagle, CO, 90.00
2. Andy Partridge, Park City, UT, 84.50
3. Taeden Schneider-Clark, Canada, 82.50

Women
1. Kendall Deighan, Vail, CO 60.50
2. Kirsten Cooley, Colorado Springs, CO, 52.50
3. Katie Turner, Littleton, CO, 47.75

Halfpipe

Men
1. Daniel Rosenblum, Stamford, CT, 31.30
2. Conor Garrecht-Connell, Steamboat Springs, CO, 31.00
3. Carson Lehouillier, Squaw Valley, CA, 30.00

Women
1. Kendall Deighan, Vail, CO,
2. Maddie Eakin, Bend, OR,
3. Renee Shapiro, Sun Valley, ID,

 

MT. HOOD MEADOWS, OR (Jan. 11) – The USA's James Haffner (Dairen, CT) and Danielle Adams (Evergreen, CO) dominated the slopestyle snowboarding contest Tuesday, picking up their first U.S. Revolution Tour wins at Mt. Hood Meadows, OR.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
U.S. Revolution Tour
Mt. Hood Meadows, OR – Jan. 11, 2010
Slopestyle

Men
1. James Haffner, Darien, CT, 34.80
2. Griffin Siebert, Park City, UT, 31.80
3. Wylie Adams, Carbondale, CO, 31.50

Women
1. Danielle Adams, Evergreen, CO, 31.50
2. Phoebe Novello, West Windsor, VT, 27.80
3. Haille Soderholm, Prior Lake, MN, 27.70

MT. HOOD MEADOWS, OR (Jan. 10) – USA riders Max Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Serena Shaw (Bondville, VT) grabbed the top spot Monday in U.S. Revolution Tour's halfpipe snowboarding contest Mt. Hood Meadows, OR.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
U.S. Revolution Tour
Mt. Hood Meadows, OR – January 10, 2011
Halfpipe

Men
1.  Max Gold, Steamboat Spring, CO, 35.10
2.  James Haffner, Darien,CT, 34.20
3.  Jd Dennis, Bend,OR, 33.70

Women
1.  Serena Shaw, Bondville,VT, 31.90
2.  Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs, CO, 29.70
3.  Jenna Dramise, Henderson,NV, 26.10

New Parks Web Site

Meadows Parks Web Site Meadows Parks interactive web page will keep you entertained and up to date on the features, riders and action going on in our parks this season!

The flash enabled park allows you to select a park to see how the features are laid out, and then select each feature for photos and videos. Select the entrance of a park for a video which shows the flow through the park. There are also tabs for information on Smart Style, the ATML Method, the Karma Army and to take a Park Smart quiz to win weekly prizes. The new park site is open - enjoy!


Rose City Park Hosts Rev Tour

Rose City Park debuted for the season this week, in time to host the USSA Rev Tour snowboard and ski slopestyle events. Adam Fleck put together this video showing off the features of the park, which is now open for public riding when not being used for competitions.

You can also see this video in our new Meadows Parks Interactive map - select Rose City and click on the entrance flags to see the video.

Womens Clinics - Desiree Great!

This past Sunday, Jan 9th, I took the women's clinic and had Desiree as our groups instructor. I just wanted to say how GREAT she was. She was patient, enthusiastic and completely helped our group build the confidence we needed to get down some terrain some of us might not have skied before. The other instructors were very helpful as well. It was a great clinic and I will be signing up for more now.

-- Laura

Celebrating Learn A Snow Sport Month

LASSM Mt. Hood Meadows January has been proclaimed Learn A Snow Sport Month and Mt. Hood Meadows is offering many affordable packages for New Adventurers trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time. The offer is part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a national effort organized by the snow sports industry to get family and friends outside in the winter. The slogan “Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate” is intended to encourage children and adults to ski and snowboard a way to get some exercise outdoors at a time when most people tend to stay inside.

Meadows has the largest ski school in Oregon, with certified professionals and a vast amount of experience in introducing New Adventurers to skiing and snowboarding. The resort’s “Buttercup” beginner chairlift services the gradual terrain where first time lessons are conducted. Meadows also has Mt. Hood’s only enclosed over the conveyer called “The Ballroom Carpet” which gives new adventurers a fun uphill experience. Most ski areas rely on the traditional “rope tow” which tend to wear out beginners being pulled up the hill.

"Snow sports are fun and easier to learn than many people think," said Dave Tragethon, Meadows Executive Director of Communications. "You can burn a lot of calories, meet some terrific people and have an experience that can be shared among friends and family.”

Free Oakley eFrames for New Adventurers at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort As part of Learn A Snow Sport month, all New Adventurers receive a FREE pair of Oakley eFrame goggles in their first lesson. Here are the affordable New Adventure first time lesson packages that Mt. Hood Meadows offers:

New Adventure 3 Time Passport - $99 (age 13 and older)

 Includes three days – lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. First two days include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, third day is an all mountain lift. Any three days, no reservations required.

New Adventure 3 Time Night Passport - $75 (age 13 and older)

 Includes three evenings – 3 – 9 PM lift tickets, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. First two evenings include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, third evening is an all night operating lift. Any three nights (Wednesday – Sunday evenings), no reservations required.

New Adventure One Day Package - $60 at the ski resort / $50 online (age 13 and older)

Includes a Buttercup beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals.
A second two hour lesson can be added for just $10 more.

New Adventure Night Package - $29 (age 13 and older, offered Wednesday – Sunday Evenings)

Includes a Buttercup 3 – 9 PM beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals.

4 Time Learn to Ski or Snowboard - $160 (age 13 and older)

This 4 week program includes an all day lift ticket, ski rental package (skis, boots, poles), and a 2 hour lesson for 4 consecutive weeks offered through weekend middle school, high school and adult programs. January programs kick off January 8 and 9; February programs begin February 5 and 6. The package is also offered through the midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) adult programs. The first two weeks include a ticket for beginner lift only; last two weeks include an all-mountain lift ticket.

Twilight Kids Club $75 (age 4 – 12 ski / age 7 – 12 snowboarding)

Twilight Kids Club is offered Saturdays and Sundays. Parents receive 1 free adult 3pm – close lift ticket for each child enrolled in Twilight Club. Kids are supervised from 3 PM – 7 PM with a two hour on snow lesson offered in between. Dinner is included. Equipment rentals are just $5 for kids in the Club.

LEARN A SNOW SPORT MONTH

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is an industry initiative organized by Mt. Hood Meadows, the National Ski Areas Association, the Professional Ski Instructors of America-American/Association of Snowboard Instructors, the National Ski Patrol, SnowSports Industries America, numerous state and regional resort associations, industry partners and the snow sports media.
Children and adults are encouraged to learn from a professional instructor. General information about getting ready for a snow sports experience is available at www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org.