Meadows Blog

Parks Lost in the Blizzard Update

Well kids, you did it, all the snow dances have paid off! And we as the park staff are loving it just as much as you. Now with great snow comes great responsibility… er… I mean great rebuilding! Over the next week or so don’t be surprised if you see our parks change up a lot (and with this snow don’t be surprised if you don’t even SEE our parks).

 

As we get more accumulation we’ll be constantly excavating features as well as pulling some of the smaller ones to keep them from getting lost so bear with us as we get everything back to normal. All of this snow is going to allow us to make the parks even better (rumors of a 2nd line in Forest) so keep the snow dances up! In the meantime: SHRED HARD!

Here's a couple of videos produced by Adam Fleck of M-Comm. Enjoy!

Friday Night Rail Jam 2.25.11

Forest Park 2.18.11

Winter Rages On

Was there ever a better week for powder riding at Mt. Hood Meadows than last week? And with this week's forecast of many feet of snow - 2 to 4 feet in the next 48 hours, it appears that we are in mid-winter. It's a welcome return to winter.
Here's a taste of the powder from Pierce Hodges of M-Comm, with some video contributed by Temira.

Spring Pass

We will be offering the spring pass later in March once our conditions are more spring-like. It will be a great deal for those looking to ski and ride the last part of the season, plus any weekends if we extend the season into May. We also want to support and thank all of our unlimited season pass holders who have been waiting for these wonderful winter conditions.

Night Schedule

We're going to offer night riding through Sunday, March 27, and are considering maintaining our Wednesday - Sunday schedule all the way through. We'll keep you updated here on this blog, on our snowphone and on our conditions page.

Winter Tips

With the heavy snow we're experiencing, keep in mind that several inches, even feet of snow can fall from the time ODOT completes plowing the parking lot until the time you depart for the day. Beyond the standard warning to have chains and traction devices, and to winterize your car, you should also carry a shovel in case you need to dig yourself out of the parking space, or get stuck while driving to or from the ski area.

In addition, if you are driving long distances under cold, snowy, and icy conditions, you should also carry supplies to keep you warm such as heavy woolen mittens, socks, a cap, blankets or even a sleeping bag for each person in your vehicle. 

Weather.com advises a winter survival kit should always remain in the vehicle, replenished after use. Essential supplies include:

  • Working flashlight and extra batteries
  • Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
  • Compass
  • First aid kit
  • Exterior windshield cleaner
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
  • Scissors and string/cord
  • Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy.
--Winter Survival Essential Supplies from Weather.com

Drive safe - and see you on the mountain!

-- Meadows Team

Snow Stoked

Twilight Bowl. Friday, February 24. We'll have more pictures and video later. Enjoy!

Pierce Hodges from M-Comm, with video contributed by Temira.

Check out the powder shots on our Facebook page and in the photo gallery.

Kudos to Tina at Passholder Services!

I would like to offer a very heartfelt thanks and the highest praise for Tina Buschauer in your seasons pass and group sales department. We brought a Young Life group of 60 to your mountain for the President's day weekend. There was a mix of juniors and adults and some who needed to rent equipment and others who only wanted to ski one day instead of two. To put it mildly it was very complicated.

Tina was calm and just extremely helpful. She was so easy to work with. You have a great customer service oriented employee in Tina and one that ads great value to your company.

Kudos to Tina.

-- John

Awesome Storm Drops 27 Inches of POWDER

It's the storm we've all been waiting, a mid-season reviver and welcome return to winter!

Jay Carroll powder shots 2.23.11

A burly storm with frigid temperatures blew in Monday evening, dropping 27 inches of snow (and counting) through 5 AM Thursday morning, including 17 inches throughout the day Wednesday. Tuesday was great, Wednesday was epic, Thursday will be absolutely awesome as you can expect incredibly light powder.

Jay Carroll powder shots 2.23.11

Jay Carroll was up Wednesday to take some powder shots. Finest kind!

Jay Carroll powder shots 2.23.11

Temira from M-Comm donned a GoPro to show off some teleturns in 2 Bowl. Hey - tough job, but somebody has to do it!

The storm has elevated Meadows base to 105 inches - and there's still some more to come Thursday, before clearing out Friday and into the weekend. But don't wait for the weekend - take one of your "wellness" days and hit this powder Thursday and Friday. You'll thank us later!

Enjoy!

Entertaining Snow Reporting

Hi there,

I just want to say thank you to the great writer, who gives the daily report. I'm enjoying reading it and looking forward not only to the messages but also to the entertaining style. THANKS!

-- Andrea

Praise for Tony Smiley

Praise for Tony Smiley!! What a nice way to end a perfect day of skiing!!! He is a talented musician!! Thank you!

-- Chris

Cookies and Clinics Kudos

Praise!

 

1. Great customer service when MHM hands out cookies on busy weekends. Not only do people appreciate it, but it puts everyone in a good mood as well, including the lift operators who get to make people happy… Nice touch!

 

2. Womens Clinic: My daughter attended the last Womens Clinic & couldn't say enough about the instructor and the difference it made in her skiing.

 

Keep up the good work!

-- Joe

Great Clinic Instruction by Sean

I would like to commend one of your ski/boarding instructors Sean Torney ( hope thats right ). I have been taking the two hour walk in lessons, and was impressed with Sean's kindness and skill. I learned a lot from him during my session, and felt both safe, and at the same time encouraged to try new things and press my limits. I have taken classes from several instructors now, but feel like Sean was most definitely the best yet!

Great Job!! And Thank you medows for having such kind and capable staff.

-- Tara

2nd Annual Meadows Film Festival Entry Deadline Sunday

Meadows Film Festival PosterThe second annual Meadows Film Festival will be presented March 5 to showcase the magnificence of the mountain and the creativity and talent of Meadows riders. The deadline for entry is Sunday, February 27.

The “films” – up to 5 minutes in length – will be evaluated on several criteria:

  • Skiing / snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows in a compelling, positive, entertaining and/or intriguing way.
  • Quality of finished piece – video, post production, audio quality, use of music.
  • Creative aspects and approach to the project.
  • Story telling.
  • Overall impression.

The top 10 selections will be presented at the Film Festival at the Vertical Restaurant Saturday, March 5. Again this season there are exceptional prizes:

  • The top 10 receive a logoed backpack from Columbia Sportswear, a $50 Meadows gift card and a KEEN footwear certificate.
  • Top 3 finalists receive GoPro HD Cameras
  • Best of show receives a $500 cash prize.

Event sponsors include Columbia Sportswear, vitaminwater®, Go Pro Cameras, Full Sail Brewing and KEEN.

Last year Meadows received 25 video entries. The more than 200 people who attended the first annual Film Festival were blown away by the creativity, riding ability, showcasing of Mt. Hood Meadows and overall quality of film making the finalists presented.

Taking top honors was Adam Fleck’s “So Far So Good” which combined a crew of very talented riders, panoramic shots showcasing all aspects of Meadows terrain, time lapse photography and slow motion to present style, grace and intrigue. You can see last year's finalists here.

GET ENTRY INFORMATION HERE.

Behind The Scenes: Grooming The Steeps

Every night, after the ski lifts shutdown, the slopes are swept, and the night lights go off, something remarkable happens on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows. Ski runs that hosted thousands of happy skiers and snowboarders the day before undergo a transformation that takes moguls, ski ruts, chopped pow, ice, and sometimes even bare dirt and turns them all back into wide, flat ski runs, covered in smooth corduroy. The folks that do this work are Slope Groomers, men and women whom are awake when you are not, that ride $220,000 machines that can rumble-and-tear like a bulldozer but also paint-and-finesse like an artiste.

Grooming at Mt. Hood MeadowsThough it may seem like the people that do this are magicians, the actual work is far from magic. What you see every morning is the result of the combined efforts of over fifteen people per night who are out there from dusk-til-dawn in all weather, pushing, dozing and tilling with their machines until they get the resort back into shape. Each night, all of Meadows' buildings, lifts, parks and pipes, parking areas, race shacks, Nordic trails, and avalanche-reduction tools see the hand of the Grooming crew, in addition to the work the crew does on the ski runs across the resort. Snow is shaped into ramps and takeoffs, bladed flat, track-packed, and tilled into that carveable corduroy surface we all know and love.
 

Within this crew, there is a smaller selection of operators that take all these standard grooming processes up onto our mountain's steep slopes with a specific grooming machine called a winch cat. This snowcat has a specifically-designed cable winch system built into it that can act as a brake to keep the cat from sliding out of control when dropping into steep runs, but also can act as an assist for when the cat needs to climb back up and out of those same slopes.

For anchors, the 7/16" diameter winch cable is picked (i.e. hooked) to large, healthy, properly positioned trees via a cloth lifting strap that allows the cat to drop into a slope at the proper angle. While most of our steeper runs have handy trees to use as anchors, there are treeless areas on the hill where we often need to use the winch cat. In these areas, a second snowcat is used as the anchor with the cable from the winch cat securely attached.

Operating only after other mountain staffers are off the hill, the winch cat takes over the entire area in which it's working; even other snowcats stay clear of the winch and its cable. In the morning when mountain staff arrives, protocols are in place throughout the various mountain operations departments to ensure a strung-out winch cable is well marked and staff made aware of areas in which winch-grooming operations are underway.

Grooming at Mt. Hood MeadowsSo, how steep is steep? The manufacturer of our machines says, assuming ideal snow providing perfect traction, our model of snowcat can climb and descend up to a 45 degree slope. What's that steep at Meadows? Not much. The Basalts, up above A-Zone hover in that range however they don't get groomed.  The top break-over pitch of 4 Bowl at 38 or so degrees is probably the steepest thing we do groom. At this angle, traction is almost never solid enough for a normal cat, so this is where the winch comes into play.

So what's it like to drop a super steep pitch in a winch cat, your kung-fu grip keeping you glued to the pitch? For a first-time passenger, it's somewhat like dropping off a cliff. At the top break-over as the machine teeters above the brink, your heart starts to palpitate and your natural survival instinct pushes you back into your seat. As the machine creeps forward and the operator adjusts the winch tension, the cat tilts forward into the darkness. The cat's lights don't shine down low enough - you can't see what lies below. It tilts more and more. You start to fall forward out of your seat. Now you're standing on the floor - surely this can't be right?  But then the cat finishes its forward tilt and the ground below you comes back into sight. It wasn't a cliff after all. Snow rolls and tumbles down in front of the cat as the operator blades and tills his way downhill. It feels like you should be sliding out of control down the slope in front of you, but you don't - the 7/16" diameter lifeline holds you as it should. Down at the bottom, your death-grip subsides as the cat turns around and starts back up the slope. During the climb, as gravity pushes back into your seat, you watch the strung-out cable jump and snap around as it disappears ahead of you into the darkness. Back at the top, as you crest the top of the pitch, you finally notice that you're smiling. Clearly you've begun to realize just how cool winch grooming is.

-- Photos and story by Rob Gayman, Grooming Manager

Thanks for Early Cascade Opening

Great job getting Cascade open so early on Thursday! I think that might be the earliest I have seen that lift open on a weekend. Also, one of your morning lift ops at Mt. Hood Express has the best attitude and great customer service. The best I have seen at Meadows. Name on badge is Stone.

See you next week!!!

-- Jason

Champions of Snow Sportsmanship Awarded at Mt. Hood Meadows

For the past several years, long-time skiing enthusiast Henry Bendinelli has promoted encouraging young people to become aware of and demonstrate better etiquette and safe skiing / riding on the slopes. His vision took a giant step forward Saturday with the presentation of the first annual "Champions of Snow Sportsmanship" award. Supported by the Mt. Hood ski areas and other sponsors, the awards went to deserving Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association racers who represent the values and spirit of the award. The pictures and text below are from Henry and co-visionary Jeannie Coyle.

Hello Snow Sportspersons:

What a heartwarming and gratifying experience was the awards ceremony! That which made it so memorable was the enthusiastic reaction of the teenage racers who seemed genuinely moved and appreciative of the program to restore the qualities of "civility, class and congeniality" to the snow-slopes.

But I find it difficult to convey the spirit of the occasion in words. The photos below might give you a better insight to the FIRST EVER awards given for good and civil conduct while skiing.

Thanks to Mr Randy Hewitt of OISRA, for embracing the project, enabling it to be introduced to the youngsters. Without Randy's involvement and effort, this splendid project would have remained just a splendid idea.

And to Emilio Trampuz a special thanks for: the photos, videos and applying his professional computer skills to create the promotional videos. Besides his photographic and computer skills Emilio donated much of his time and artistry to create the silk screens and print the T-shirts.

Very much appreciated was the financial assistance given by the charter sponsors, the resort areas of Timberline Lodge, the Mt.Hood Ski Bowl and Mt. Hood Meadows, in funding the two awards given to the two "Champions of Snow Sportsmanship." Of equal importance was their recognition of the legitimacy and cogency of the program. A big THANKS for this, especially at this early stage.

Snow Sportsmanship at Mt. Hood MeadowsHere are the two delighted champions with their awards which were presented by Henry Bendinelli.

To Columbia Sportswear another charter sponsor, a big thumbs up for donating the t-shirts. We liked them but the kids were thrilled as you can see by the picture.

Snow Sportsmanship at Mt. Hood MeadowsThe kids were absolutely delighted with their T- shirts. After the top 50 of the 300 racers had been awarded the shirts for sportsmanlike behavior, they immediately wore them with evident pride.

The T-shirts displayed the logos of both the Snow Sportsmanship Program and Columbia Sportswear. These logos plus those of Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood Ski Bowl and Mount Hood Meadows were displayed on the banner. Pictured below is the banner with our happy and proud program staff. From left to right: Jeannie Coyle, Emilio Trampuz, Randy Hewitt and Henry Bendinelli.

Snow Sportsmanship at Mt. Hood MeadowsWith this successful pilot program under are belt we will now turn attention to scaling the program for the future. We'll keep you informed of our progress.

Henry Bendinelli and Jeannie Coyle

Presidents Holiday Weekend

We're ready for a great holiday weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows. The 20 inches of snow we received this week has freshened up the mountain. The forecast is for below freezing temps through the holiday - meaning the snow conditions are going to be great all weekend long! On this holiday, we extend many of our weekend operations to Monday, so make your plans to enjoy Meadows for the whole holiday break!

Offered Saturday, Sunday and Monday President's Weekend:

Friends of NWAC Fundraiser Monday Night

We'll extend our operations Monday for this special fundraiser, and offer a special $10 3 - 9 PM lift ticket. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. Everyone boarding a lift after 4 PM Monday will need this special lift ticket, including season pass holders and other advance ticket purchasers. You can purchase it online in advance and all $10 of it will go to the Friends of NWAC.

Car Pool, Arrive Early, Park & Ride!

In anticipation of the holiday turn out - please maximize the space in your vehicle by car pooling. Plan on arriving early or better yet - leave your vehicle at home and ride our Park & Ride shuttle from Portland, or the Grease Bus from Portland and Hood River. You can keep track of our parking situation by subscribing to our Twitter feed or checking our conditions page. We may also send updates to our Facebook page if we start reaching parking lot capacity.

Events Calendar

There's all kinds of things going on at Meadows - so bookmark our events page to keep up to date. This weekend we have a Grand Master's Clinic on Saturday, and there's an Avy Dog Fundraiser in White Salmon Sunday evening.

Storm Riding A Foot of Powder

Tuesday Powder Video by mComm's Adam Fleck.
Come on in - the powder's fine! The first significant winter storm in a while dumped a foot of fresh on Meadows the past 24 hours, and the storm riders were immersing themselves in it! Face shots and fresh - a fun day on the mountain rewarded those who had waited patiently for winter to return.

Storm riding on February 15.

Even the bandana can't hide the smile - it was the kind of day that you could hit the same trail over and over - the light drifty snow erasing your tracks almost as fast as you can lay them down.

Facebook link Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort Check out the comments of the day on the Meadows Facebook page. Posts from the mountain and several who say today was great and they're heading back for more tomorrow!

Storm riding February 15

Both NOAA and NWAC forecasts agree there is more to this storm - possibly a half a foot or more through Wednesday. Looks like some residual snow on Thursday before starting to clear off for the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

And one more extra special shot taken by Ralph Daub and posted on his Facebook page this past Sunday. Epic!

Ralph Daub Sunday 2.13.11

Avalanche Dogs - Fundraiser Feb 20

In 2008, Mt. Hood Meadows Professional Ski Patrol began its current Avalanche Dog Rescue program. Led by Joe Silliman, the program now boasts three dogs in training, joining numerous resorts nationwide in efforts to elevate snow safety programs. On a given day Joe, along with Patrollers Dave Baker and Nick Asher, can be found working with Emma, Stella, and Penny on integrating with employees search and rescue techniques, as well as helping to further increase the positive interactions between guests and Ski Patrol. Joe and Emma Searching

For years, snow related rescue operations were best described as chaotic and it wasn't until the late 1930's that the Swiss Army started training search dogs in Avalanche Rescue. Since that time trainers have refined their training techniques and now many avalanche victims can owe their lives to dogs trained in avalanche rescue.

Avy Dog Fundraiser Feb 20 in White Salmon

Victims buried in snow as a result of an avalanche are but one class of snow rescues. Youth and elderly that have fallen due to injury or hypothermia and as a result are covered by snowfall as well as the healthy well-prepared hiker and skier who hole up in a snow cave after having become lost or exhausted constitute another class of Avalanche Rescue. Once buried, detection by the naked eye is impossible.Emma Digs 

The trained search dog works a snowfield rapidly, searching for human scent rising up through the snow pack. When the dog finds a potential scent source he will bury his head into the snow trying to locate the source. If the human smell intensifies, he begins to dig trying to get closer to the source. If the scent becomes weaker, a trained dog will start to work outwards from the area to attempt to either pinpoint an area of stronger buried source or rule the scent out as surface odor left by human searchers.

When someone is buried in an avalanche, speed is of the essence in locating the individual. A Swiss study on avalanche mortality published in 1992 indicates that approximately 90 percent of persons buried in avalanches survive if recovered in the first 15 minutes. Chances for a live recovery at the 35-minute mark fall to 30 percent and after two hours the survival rate is three percent. However, there are exceptions to every statistic. In certain circumstances people have been found alive 5-6 hours after being buried; in a few documented cases people have been recovered alive after 24 hours! Emma Emerges
A well-trained avalanche rescue dog is a model of efficiency in that one dog is equivalent to approximately twenty human searchers and can search the same area in an eighth of the time.

Although efficient, trained dogs are not infallible. Surface conditions, snow conditions, capabilities of the particular dog and scent diffusion all play an important role in how deep the victim can actually be buried and still be located. There have been confirmed reports, in optimal conditions, of a dog in Austria locating a body at approximately 12 meters. In the U.S. there has been a confirmed find at 10 meters. However, this type of success is few and far between. Realistically one can expect an experienced dog to be able to locate victims between 2-4 meters without a lot of difficulty in most scenting conditions.
Dave and StellaSpeed, efficiency and a nose capable of detecting human scent deep beneath the surface of the snow has allowed the Avalanche Rescue Dog to earn itself the reputation of becoming an invaluable asset in the context of snow and avalanche rescue. Studies have proven the capabilities of dogs in the avalanche setting and, in turn, trained dogs have proven their abilities worldwide.

Interested in supporting the Mt. Hood Meadows Avalanche dogs, while enjoying a great night out in the Hood River area? On February 20th, the program will hold its winter fundraiser at Everybody's in White Salmon. Food, drink, an amazing slideshow of a ski descent of K2, and a giant raffle will all be part of the evening.

Avy dog fundraiser

Freestyle Coaching Park

The Freestyle Coaching Park will be open all three days of the President's holiday.

Freestlye Coaching

 
Come check out Mt. Hood Meadows terrain park for freestyle coaching located next to Shipyard directly below the bottom station of Vista Express. The Park is run by our Ski & Snowboard School and offers freestyle coaching with video review to all participants.

The park is equipped with a rope tow so you can lap features without hiking. The cost to get in is $25, you can stay as long as you want and the hours of operation are 9:00am - 5:00pm weekends and holidays. A lift ticket is required in addition to the Freestyle Coaching Park fee to access the park.

Buy Online at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort Online special - purchase your Freestyle Coaching session online in advance for just $15!

Bring a flash drive with you so you can take the video home to put on your computer or purchase one from us for $10.

Adventure Park has boxes & rails as well as a small table top so whether you are experimenting with freestyle for the first time or need some coaching to get you to the next level our coaches are excited to help you improve. Helmets are required for children under 14 years of age.

Friday Night Jam Feb 11

The second jam in the Friday NIght Rail Jam series attracted 30 riders and there was schwag a plenty! Lots of fun and great talent expressed in all three divisions - beginners, intermediates and advanced. Check out the video by Pierce Hodges from Meadows mComm!

The next Jam is February 25 - don't miss it!

Friday Night Rail Jam @ Shipyard

Chairway to Heaven Fun

Thank you for the fun festivities at the Blue Chair on Sunday for Valentine's Day!! It was great with the fire pit, comfy chairs and good treats!

I also want to thank the folks at Shooting Star, I made them a bird feeder last season (I was making them for my golfing group and had to work on them after skiing so I told the guys that was what I planned to do most afternoons and they said that they could use one too. I thought they would just put it inside because it had pink roses all over it) to my surprise they had it up all last season and brought it back out this year. It was kinda falling apart, it is now good as new, Leo fixed it and it is hanging once again.

I feel that staff on all the lifts are fantastic! It is so fun to be welcomed on every lift on the mountain by name and a big smile! Thanks guys, you are the best!

-- Lynann

Efficient Lift Lines - Eddie for Employee of the Month!

I am a season pass holder. In the lift line on sunday 2/13later in the afternoon EDWARD was working putting folks into groups of four and managing the merge of the 2 incoming lines at cascade express. He was very friendly and directive with people and the lines were moving fast and without issues due to him and his great attitude to keep the lines moving. I nominate him for employee of the month. he did a great job! -- David

Kyle Remembered

On February 13, 2010, Kyle Cryblskey died while snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows. Since then Kyle's family has started a campaign of sorts to promote helmet usage skiing, snowboarding and other action sports. On the anniversary of Kyle's death, family members attended a booth at Meadows to promote helmet safety.

Kyle Cryblskey's family promotes helmet safety at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

Here's a note from Kyle's mom, Deborah Cryblskey.

I just wanted to get back to you regarding Sunday 2-13-11. We collected a total of $380, of which I will use probably $300 to buy helmets from my small business owner here in Battle Ground. She has a paintball/skater store, but can get me the brand new 888 helmets at a reasonable cost. She has helped me quite a bit with our efforts, and the kids seem to like the Triple 8 brand. I have also collected 30 assorted bike/skate helmets in memory of Kyle that we will set up a table for at the next skate event, believe it or not Battle Ground has quite the skate park. Anyway.....

I met Electra from SOS Outreach and recieved emails from Malee, I liked Electra quite a bit, and I will get my "stickered" helmets to them once they come in.

I loved being at your facility, 3 of my biggest high lights of the day were

  1. I met a lady on your ski patrol who was there the day Kyle died, kinda emotional but I was glad to tell her how much I appreciated everyones' efforts that day,
  2. A young man stopped by who does web sites for 7 colleges in Oregon and offered to do one for Kyle's Helmets for free, this will help "legitimize" our efforts, we will take him up on this for sure, and
  3. I received so much encouraging feedback from your guests!

I also was glad to see how many people were wearing helmets! WOW a lot has changed since I was up there last.

Thank you again to you and your staff, everyone made us feel very welcome, and again we would like to be part of any safety effort in the future.

Joe & Deborah Cryblskey

If you'd like to support the Cryblskey's efforts to raise awareness and dollars to increase helmet usage, contact Deborah at:
wantajag@earthlink.net

Praise for Kids Programs

Thank you very much, it's been an awesome year for the kids. I am also a convert, MHM is so much more kid-freindly and my kids prefer it over Timberline, for sure. I love how you can see so much from the huge lodge windows and everyone can check in on regular intervals just out fromt by the kiosk or ski check. It has worked great! The instructors for all the kids have been top notch. Thank you for your time and help. You were great with all my questions. I'll know what I am doing next year! -- Jan

Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Forecast Center Fundraiser Monday February 21

MT. HOOD, OR – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is adding a special night to its operating schedule Monday, February 21, to raise money for the Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, a critical support group for the NWAC and based in Seattle, WA. The resort is offering a special $10 lift ticket good from 3 – 9 PM Monday, February 21.

The special night is being held on the President’s Monday Holiday, when lifts traditionally have closed at 4 PM. Resort officials hope the holiday, the special lift ticket price of $10 (normally $29) and the significant services provided by NWAC will create a good turnout. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.

Buy Online at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort Meadows is offering a SPECIAL $10 TICKET for the evening online. All $10 of this ticket will be donated directly to Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.

The ticket will also be available for sale at the ski resort Monday, and proceeds from the sales of this ticket will be donated over the operational costs of the evening.

FOAC logoThe Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (FOAC) was formed in 1998 as a coalition of individuals and groups working to support the Avalanche Center and to provide public education and awareness about avalanches and avalanche safety. Through its efforts dedicated toward avalanche education and NWAC operations, the FOAC helps promote safety by helping reduce the impacts of avalanches and adverse mountain weather on recreation, industry and transportation in Washington, and northern Oregon. This support helps NWAC achieve its mission of:

  • assisting a variety of NW snow safety and highway maintenance programs by providing and analyzing useful weather, snow and avalanche data, and by producing and distributing a variety of mountain weather and avalanche forecast products.
  • assisting back country travelers by providing current information on snowpack structure and avalanche danger, and by forecasting expected changes in snow and avalanche conditions.

The current economy has created increasing funding issues for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, and the Friends group is considered an important cooperator to help ensure the future viability of NWAC and its important services. For example, the telemetry used by many ski resorts in the Northwest, including Mt. Hood Meadows, is collected and reported by NWAC. It is also believed that avalanche education and forecasts have resulted in a significant reduction in both avalanche accidents and resulting rescue efforts and costs despite major increases in winter back country use and recreation. During this past year NWAC and FOAC educational programs reached well over 1000 attendees, and during the last 10 years, over 15,000 people have attended avalanche and weather presentations by NWAC forecast staff and FOAC volunteers.

For more information on NWAC, visit http://www.nwac.us.

In addition to the special $10 lift ticket price, Tony Smiley will perform live at the Vertical Restaurant and Sports Bar that evening.

Since this is an extension beyond Meadows’ regularly scheduled lift operations, anyone riding the lift after 4 PM Monday will need the special fundraising ticket, including season pass holders and pre-purchased ticket holders.

Overcoming Symptoms of MS - Eliot Bridge

For a 64-year-old man with multiple sclerosis, skiing was never a hobby or pastime -- it was his passion and release from the everyday world. Eliot Bridge took to the hill again, on a sunny February day, after too many years away from the sport that encompassed much of his younger life.

Along with the help of Mt. Hood Meadows and its adaptive ski program, Bridge was placed on a bi-ski and led down the mountain for an unlimited number of turns on the snow-covered slopes of Mt. Hood. The trip was facilitated by Marquis Care at Forest Grove, a skilled nursing, assisted living and home health care company, and its New Chapters Program. The New Chapters Program encourages employees to listen to the dreams and hopes of residents and then work toward the realization of these, often life-long, aspirations.

Adam Fleck of Mt. Hood Meadows mComm covered Eliot's return to the slopes. 

Bridge's love of skiing started at an early age as a member of his prep and high school ski teams in New Hampshire and Maine. An award-winning skier, Bridge went on to serve in the Navy as an air traffic controller and continued his love of the downhill sport on the Navy's ski team as a jumper and slalom skier. Bridge soon recognized the effects of his multiple sclerosis were growing too large to continue skiing in the same capacity of his youth. At that point, he joined the Veteran's Special Olympic Ski Team and won second place in the Special Olympics.

Bridge was joined by his wife; Matt Pool, an administrator at Marquis Care Forest Grove; and Phil Fogg, Jr., the president of Marquis Companies.

Blue Bird Days of February

The high pressure system we've been enjoying the past week has set up some stunningly beautiful and fun days on the mountain. Spring-like skiing conditions throughout the day and into the evening has made this usually wintery time of year enjoyable. Morning corduroy gives way to afternoon hero corn great for carving. The groomers have been doing exceptional work - laying magnificent corduroy down on our 70 inch base. And the result - we'll let our guests tell you.

 

Come on up and see what you've been missing!

Video filmed and edited by Pierce Hodges from mComm (Mountain Communications).

Park Smart Challenge Ready to Draw!

We have the prizes ready for our Park Smart Challenge thanks to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and Dakine. The prize packages are valued at over $175 and include a Dakine backpack, fanny pack, utility bag and either a ski or snowboard bag! Great prizes and we're stoked to start drawing!
Prizes for the Park Smart Challenge!

To celebrate we're going to draw 12 names on Monday, February 8. You need to successfully take the Park Smart challenge - upon completion you can register for the drawings. if you've already completed the quiz, then you're already registered and you're elligible for all the remaining drawings.

Here's the link to the quiz - we'll announce our first 12 winners Monday!