It's on everyone's minds - we all are anxious about getting the season underway. We've received our initial early season "teases" of snow dustings, as early as October. Each one builds the anticipation and excitement about the opening of a whole new season - Meadows reborn! And while we're optimistic about a November, possibly even pre-Thanksgiving opening, we need to see what nature blesses us with. Our entire season will be built on this base of snow, so hopefully it will be abundant, substantial, something we can pack down and build a great season out of. But for now, like you, we are in waiting mode, as far as opening goes.
Photo Tuesday Morning - November 15, awaiting the storm that could open us up!
But we are very busy preparing all aspects of our operation so when we have the snow we are ready to go! Stadium Express passed it's load test last week, so our brand new lift is ready for this season. Keep in mind there could be a scenario of a limited opening of the ski area, without that lift operating on opening day. But we're excited to get that lift going to see what a great improvement it will be to traffic flow around the mountain.
We completed our employee orientations over the weekend - no one wants the season to start more than our awesome staff. You'll recognize a lot of familiar faces returning to Meadows and we're also welcoming many new people to the Meadows team. It's going to be great season for everyone!
Here's some video shot last Saturday showing some of the pre-season preparation and anticipation. We'll have more to post on Thursday after the storm!
Meanwhile let's get together at some of these pre-season events!
Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon is hosting this fundraising event. Doors open at 5 PM - slideshow at 6 PM and lots and lots of items up for the raffle. Proceeds benefit the Avalanche Rescue Dog program at Mt. Hood Meadows.
We're celebrating the season and letting everyone know about our Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday midweek adult bus program. The event will be held at KEEN in the Pearl District. Come out and meet the friendly folks who ride our midweek buses and find out what a great time enjoying the mountain midweek is. All our Group Organizers will be representing their neighborhood programs, we'll give away prizes, there's light snacks and desserts plus sampling from Widmer Brothers Brewing and Naked Winery.
The Big Chill 11 Presented by Widmer Brother Brewing November 18
Kick off the winter snow season in style at the Big Chill, a celebration
of the best of the Northwest presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing. Join Widmer Brothers for an evening of local craft beer -- including
Brrr, the brewery’s winter seasonal -- music, art and fashion at Grand
Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, beginning at 9 PM. A silent auction will raise money for Mountain Wave Search and Rescue!
The Movement November 20
Meadows is proud to present this feature film which tells the story of five individuals from all walks of life who faced
incredible obstacles, found the inspiration to overcome them and became
real everyday heroes. Seating is limited and proceeds benefit the Make A Hero Foundation which supports those organization which reunite people with their passions through the use of adaptive equipment and coaching. Local skiing legend Fred Noble who has ALS will be honored at this event.
Wow! All these great events and we're not even open yet!