Meadows Blog

90 Inches in Six Days

A powerful La Nina storm has dropped 90” of snow on Mt. Hood Meadows this week, bringing the resort’s settled base depth up to 87 inches. Mt. Hood Meadows now has one of the deepest snow packs of any ski resort in the country. At the height of the storm the resort received 31 inches of snow in 24 hours.

The storm provided some primo powder the first three days, and then turned wet and wild delivering a mixture of snow, sleet and rain. Over the six days the water equivalent deposited by at Mt. Hood Meadows is almost 13 inches – quite the moisture pump. The temperature remained cold enough for the majority of the moisture to fall as snow and build the snowpack.

Six Day telemetry for 90 inches of snow at Mt. Hood Meadows
Telemetry: NWAC data station at bottom of Mt. Hood Express. Click to enlarge.

Resort officials and guests are delighted by the storm, which has more than doubled the snow pack, upon which the resort will build the rest of the season. Once the storm passes freestyle grooming and parks crews will construct the Rose City and Park Place intermediate and advanced terrain parks, featuring medium and large sized jumps. The resort will also be rebuilding The Zoo, Shipyard and Forest Park – small to medium parks which had been operating but were buried by the storm this past week. Work will also begin on the in ground Super Pipe.

The new snow will also allow for bridges to be built at the bottom of Heather Canyon, the first step towards the eventual opening of advanced gated access to Heather, Clark Canyon and Private Reserve.


  1. adam

    January 20, 2012

    huge dump that hopefully represents the true start of winter!

    thx for the honesty in reporting the good, bad & ugly conditions!

    Meadows: We're thankful that we finally have something to report. We're not done with this storm yet - it's coming down big time at the resort right now.

  2. Chris F.

    January 20, 2012

    First I want to say THANKS for the honest and timely conditions update. While visiting(trying to) other ski resorts in the area, I realized how good Meadows is about reporting the conditions, early and honestly.

    Also, what is the latest heather/PR has opened before? Do you expect them to be open within the next 7 days?

    Meadows: First we need to build the snow bridges, but we can't get cats into Heather until the avalanche danger subsides - the storm keeps loading up the snow. Once the bridges are built we'll have a better timeline. At least we have the snow..

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