We've opened up three of our Meadows Parks - Shipyard which opened on our opening day (a rail park located under the Buttercup lift); Forest Park a street style rail and jump park serviced by Hood River Express, and The Zoo our entry level beginner's park. Parks crew is working hard to add features to these parks, and open up others as we get more snow this early season. Here's a quick video review of the parks.
You can also check out the park layout and features in our interactive parks page.
"Meadows After Dark" Mt. Hood’s premier night riding and skiing experience kicks off for the season Friday. Meadows offers 140 acres of illuminated runs for night riding.
The lift operations schedule for the holiday weekend will be 9 AM – 9 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After the weekend the resort plans to operate on its regular season schedule 9 AM – 4 PM Mondays and Tuesdays; 9 AM – 9 PM Wednesdays through Sundays, weather and conditions permitting.
Meadows will also operate restaurants, the ski and snowboard equipment rental center and its retail shops.
Adult group lessons start at 4 PM and 6:30 PM. Private lessons are also available including the Late Bird 2 hour special for $135 (normally the cost is $165). More information on evening lessons can be found on the After Dark Ski School page.
Nighttime riding is fun and offers a chance to explore and discover Meadows in a whole new light. Meadows After Dark also offers terrific affordable lift tickets and learn to ski and snowboard packages, as well as discounts for families.
Meadows After Dark Deals
- Evening Lift Ticket from 3 – 9 PM is just $30
- 5 Time Night Pass - $89 (individual picture pass good for five evenings)
- Night Season Pass - $129 valid 3 – 9 PM
Ski & Snowboard School Packages
- Learn to Ski or Board Package - $35 (ages 13 and older) - Packages a Buttercup lift ticket with a 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals for new adventurers trying the sport for the first time.
- Meadows After Dark 3 Time Learn to Ski or Snowboard Passport (age 13 and older) - $79 - Packages your first three evenings (3–9 PM) of lift tickets, lessons and equipment rentals all for one low price! First two days include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, last day is all night operating lift access.
For more information visit our Meadows After Dark
Enjoy the video from last season's After Dark experience at Meadows!
Freestylers can get some early season rail riding in in Shipyard. There's four lines in the park and it continues to grow. Pierce from mCom captured some of the riding in Shipyard this weekend.
You can get updated park conditions, including the features in each park on our conditions page.
Or check out the Interactive Parks Page for videos and photos of the different features in each park.
Phenomenal! Epic! Awesome! Best ever! Those were the accolades coming from skiers and snowboarders taking the opening day plunge at Mt. Hood Meadows. An extraordinary weather system dropped 2 feet of fresh, light Cascadian crystal powder on Meadows Friday. Thanks to the Herculian efforts of our mountain crews, six lifts turned for the 9 AM opening, including three high speed quads. The ceremonial launch of the new Stadium Express high speed quad set the upbeat tone for a remarkable day.
The powder was amazing - check out the opening day video put together by M-Com's Pierce Hodges.
Join the conversation - see what our guests are talking about on Facebook. You can also see other opening day photos in our photo and video gallery, where you can post your pix from opening day at Mt. Hood Meadows!
An early blast of winter dropped 23 inches of snow in 24 hours at Mt. Hood Meadows, prompting the resort to add more lifts and terrain to opening day. The resort has six lifts scheduled – Mt. Hood Express, Shooting Star Express, Daisy, Easy Rider, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet – from 9 AM – 4 PM. Resort officials are hopeful that the new Stadium Express will also run Saturday, and a launching ceremony is set for 8:30 AM.
Meadows has a current snow depth of 39 inches and snow continued to fall throughout the day. Resort officials advise staying on groomed runs, expect early season conditions and be aware of unmarked obstacles. Any changes or updates to the scheduled operations or conditions will be announced on conditions page
Passholder services will be open by 8 AM to take pictures and issue season passes. Lift tickets will be $64 for adults, $59 for ages 65-69, $39 for juniors age 7-14 and seniors 70+. Kids 6 and under are $10.
Meadows retail outlets (Outer Limits Sports and the High Performance Center) and its equipment rental center will be open. The Schuss, Alpenstube, Fresh Tracks Deli, Vertical and Higher Grounds Coffee restaurants are also scheduled to operate. Group and private lessons for adults and kids will be offered at our Ski and Snowboard School, and Daycare will also be operating.
This marks the third consecutive season Meadows opened before Thanksgiving, with openings on November 20 last season and November 11 two seasons ago.
Mt. Hood Meadows plans to open for the 2011-12 season this Saturday with limited operations. Currently, two lifts – Buttercup and Easy Rider – are scheduled from 9 AM – 4 PM, but more lifts may be added as additional snow is forecast Thursday into Friday. The resort will announce scheduled lift operations and lift ticket pricing for Saturday by Friday afternoon. Scheduled operations will be announced and updated on our conditions page
Meadows has a current snow depth of 19" - more higher up on the mountain. Early season conditions exist, with good to thin coverage on the groomed runs, with exposed grass, rocks – skiers and snowboarders should be aware of unmarked obstacles. Resort officials caution that Saturday’s opening is dependent on receiving more snow. The forecast is calling for a foot or more by Saturday, which will affect both conditions and the scheduled lift operations.
With enough snow the resort could open high speed quads, including Mt. Hood Express, Shooting Star Express and the new Stadium Express Saturday or Sunday.
Uphill hiking not allowed within the ski resort boundary. The resort has machines and people on the slopes moving snow, placing boundaries, and starting early season preparations. Those seeking backcountry skiing, are directed to use designated uphill routes outside the ski area and should not descend within the ski area boundary.
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!
Mt. Hood Meadows is pleased to join Warren Miller and Robert Redford in supporting the Portland premiere of the new film, THE MOVEMENT. This award-winning film includes powerful action and interviews from some of the world's greatest disabled athletes. It tells the dramatic story of one man returning to the mountain where his life was changed forever. The film features music from U2, Foo Fighters, and k.d. lang. To watch the movie trailer and buy tickets visit MakeAHero.org
The movie generates funding for the Make A Hero Foundation which supports organizations which help individuals reconnect with their passion. Longtime local skiing legend Fred Noble will be featured at the Portland showing of "The Movement" - Fred has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and the local chapter of ALS is supporting him in his efforts to continue skiing, and to raise funds to support others who have the disease.
Trailer for The Movement and Video about Fred Noble
* Winner! Board Choice Award, 2011 Eugene International Film Festival *
* Official Selection: Starz Denver Film Festival, Anchorage International Film Festival *
The Movement will premiere for ONE SHOW ONLY in Portland:
• Sunday, November 20th at The Bagdad Theater. Buy Tickets
Tickets are $12 general admission—or purchase a VIP pass for $50 which includes reserved seating, a complimentary beverage, an autographed limited edition poster, a souvenir VIP badge, and an exclusive meet and greet with the film's producer/director Kurt Miller and featured athlete Jim Martinson. Proceeds from the show benefit local adaptive sports groups.
For more details and to buy tickets, visit MakeAHero.org.
Tickets for the show also available at Hill Crest Sports outlets.
As Warren Miller narrates, "This is a movement for—movement itself."
And Robert Redford says: "It's about finding that turning point when physical disability is no longer a limitation, but a part of your character.”