Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has set two fundraising nights to assist Mercy Corps’ Japan disaster relief efforts. Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24, the resort will offer a special $15 evening (3 – 9 PM) lift ticket, which is normally $29. $5 from each of the tickets sold at the resort those evenings will go to Mercy Corps' Japan relief fund.
Meadows is also advance-selling the ticket for $10, but still $5 will go to the relief fund. The ticket can be used either Wednesday or Thursday, March 23 or 24.
Meadows is also accepting contributions at its restaurants for those wanting to donate as little as $1 towards the relief efforts. Season pass holders, 10 time pass holders and other prepurchase ticket holders will be able to ride the lifts those evenings without purchasing the special ticket.
The resort extended its night operating schedule through March 27 this season. Resort executive director of communications Dave Tragethon anticipates a good turn out, saying, “It’s Oregon spring break and families especially are looking for fun things to do. With the reduced lift ticket price and a contribution to help the great people of Japan who are in dire need of assistance, we are confident we can raise a lot of money. Mercy Corps representatives are already on the ground in Japan providing relief services to victims, and since Mercy Corps is local, this fundraiser will provide instant relief directly to the victims.”
The devastating tsunami spawned by the strongest earthquake to ever strike Japan has killed thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands. Thousands more are missing. Mercy Corps is working to help survivors of Japan's earthquake and tsunami with its longstanding partner, Peace Winds. Donations will be used to meet immediate and longer-term needs of earthquake survivors.
Those wishing to contribute directly to the relief efforts can do so here.
Mt. Hood Meadows will continue its restaurant fund raising through the rest of the season. The resort is scheduled to operate daily through late April, and then possibly weekends in May depending on weather, snow conditions and turn out. The operational schedule is subject to change, check our conditions page for details.