Meadows Blog

Special $10 Sunday Night Brings Night Operations to and End

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows is scheduled to operate daily through April 29. But our popular “Meadows After Dark” night operations will conclude this Sunday, April 1. To celebrate we're offering a special $10 online ticket good from 3 – 9 PM Sunday evening. The ticket will be $15 if purchased at the resort.

With good November snow and a return to winter in March, we operated a record setting 96 nights this season. Meadows After Dark has become a popular and affordable alternative for those whose schedules don’t allow regular day skiing.

Nordic Center Winter Season Ends Sunday – But Special Spring Nordic Session Offered
The resort’s Nordic Center will also wrap up the season this Sunday, having operated five days a week since mid-December. The resort will be offering Spring Nordic Skiing on a special track set at its base area for six days in June (June 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10) in conjunction with Nordic Skate Skiing Clinics for Juniors and Masters. 

42 FEET of Snow So Far This Season - 165” Base Depth – and Growing!
A marvelous March will turn into an amazing April with 14 feet of snow as its base depth, and another powder making storm promising several more feet of fresh snow this week, the resort is enjoying some of the best snow conditions in the country. So far the resort has received 503” of snow since it started tallying in November, well above its 430” seasonal average. 

Season Extension Into May Planned

Mt. Hood Meadows is scheduled to operate daily through April 29. Resort officials are planning on extending the season through the first three weekends of May on a weekend to weekend basis, depending on weather, snow conditions and turn out; making May 20 the new proposed closing day. Operational schedules will be updated on our conditions page and here on the blog.

The $149 Unlimited Spring Season pass, along with Meadows other unlimited season passes will be honored on any operational days in May. The pass can be purchased at the ski resort or online.

Meadows offers a full calendar of events through April to celebrate spring! 

Win a Trip from All About Hawaii! Registration begins April 1.
There’s also daily registration to win a trip from All About Hawaii beginning April 1, to be given away at the Sno-Kona Pond Skim competition April 28 (must be present to win – one registration / person / day). The prize is an $1,800 travel voucher to be applied to a trip of your choice from All About Hawaii. (Hawaii is preferred, but All About Hawaii also offers vacations to other sunny locations.)

An Invitation to Defeat ALS from Fred Noble

Fred Noble invites you to join him to Ski to Defeat ALS at Mt. Hood Meadows April 14.Hello Everyone!

We are rapidly approaching the inaugural Ski to Defeat ALS event that The ALS Association is hosting at Mt. Hood Meadows on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

The support has been tremendous, to say the least, and we are closing in on our aggressive collective event goal of $100.000. Everyone has been so eager to help me that Team Fredinator has gone way beyond our wildest expectations. It is likely that we will exceed our team goal of $40,000! WOW! The question is: how much further can we go with this?

The answer is up to you. We have had donations of $10.00 to $11,000.00 Everything counts and whatever amount you donate, please know that you are a part of "Team Fredinator", with equal status of those who have opened their hearts and minds to fighting this dreadful disease.

If you have not joined my team, and plan to come to the event, please know that all participants, skiers, boarders and guests, must register by April 6, 2012. That is coming up fast!

For those that wish to ski or board that day, there is a $75 registration fee that includes your exclusive lift ticket, food and beverages for the day as well as participation in the contests and auction. Once registered, all participants are asked to collect a minimum of $150 in pledges. This is easy, I promise. Think of 10 friends who could each give up Starbucks for a week and donate $15. This minimum must be met by the day of the event in order to participate.

 The Fredinator practicing for the ALS event April 14.
The Fredinator is practicing for the April 14 ALS event.


For those that wish to just come up for the food and beverages, and not play on the mountain, there is a $25 guest fee.

In order to make it easy for you to participate, please contact Meagan Lancaster, at The ALS Association. She can get you signed up and explain everything you need to know in order to participate - either as a skier or boarder or as a guest. She can be reached at 503.238.5559 ext 2 or ski@alsa-or.org.

For those who have already joined or made their donations, you have my deepest gratitude and I look forward to seeing you
on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

The Fredinator
Click here to visit my personal page.

Click here to view the team page for Team Fredinator


Amazing Steeps Clinic

"Attended the "Steeps Clinic" instructed by Charlie Wolff and Chris Combs. These guys were absolutely AMAZING!!! I've been skiing for over 15 years, and I learned more about skiing today than I ever knew! No more wedge, no more stem-christie skidding turns. Fantastic guidance and very specific technical feedback; they weren't just telling me what to do or what I was doing wrong, they completely explained "why." As soon as I figure out how to guaratee that I can have these same instructors, I will be booking another Steeps Clinic next season!!!!"

-- Dave S.

25" of snow in 24 hours

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Spring has arrived with a BANG at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort which has received almost 8 feet of snow in 10 days, including 25” in the past 24 hours. The resort’s base snow depth reached 171” and is still growing, as this storm is expected to drop several more inches, possibly feet by the weekend.
Picnic table shot following 25
25” of snow in 24 hours – the popular “Picnic Table Shot” 3.21.12 (Photo by Krissy Fagan)

Mt. Hood Meadows has announced daily operations through April 29, and is considering extending operations on weekends into May depending on conditions and interest. The resort has also extended its “Meadows After Dark” Wednesday – Sunday night operations through Sunday, April 1. The “Unlimited Spring” season pass is good the rest of the season, and at $149 represents one of the best values in late season skiing and riding found anywhere. The pass can be purchased on the resort’s website, SkiHood.com, or at the ski resort.

 March 21 snowfall at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Armpit deep powder adorns the slopes at Mt. Hood Meadows. 3.21.12 (Photo by Krissy Fagan)

Thanks to Patrol and HRM Crew for Comfort Care

I wanted to extend a big thanks to the ski patrol and staff of the resort. I wiped out in the private reserve and had to walk out as I lost a ski. Gary of the ski patrol found me, I am fine, and stayed with me on the trek out. The staff at the HRM resort/cafe helped my wife contact ski patrol and try to contact her sister. When we got to the cafe the lady there made sure I was fine and offered to get me some coffee, which I felt was very considerate of her. When I left to go back to the main lot one of your support personal, Shane, give me a ride back to my car as he had monitor the event on his radio. I am very pleased at the help of your fine staff, and feel it was above and beyond what may be expected. 

--Arthur


Spring Pass Brings Winter Storm

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort’s new “Unlimited Spring” season pass went on sale Monday – offering the rest of the season for just $149. And right on cue the weather changed to winter, bringing a severe winter storm, which since Saturday has dropped more than two-feet of snow at the resort, a foot of it overnight. With a winter advisory and storm watch posted, the short term forecast has more snow with accumulations of two or more feet the rest of the week. The resort currently has a 140 inch snow depth in the base area, one of the deepest in the country.

Mt. Hood Meadows has announced daily operations through April 29, and is considering extending operations on weekends into May depending on conditions and interest. The resort also expects to offer “Meadows After Dark” Wednesday – Sunday night operations through Sunday, April 1. The “Unlimited Spring” season pass is good the rest of the season, and at $149 represents one of the best values in late season skiing and riding found anywhere. The pass can be purchased on the resort’s website, or at the ski resort.

The resort’s Nordic Center will also continue Thursday – Monday operations through Sunday, April 1, and a special $40 unlimited track pass is available for cross country skiers.

In addition to the primo snow conditions, Meadows offers up some great events in March.

Women’s Clinic – Saturday, March 17
For women only and taught by our most certified and experienced female instructors. Work on your skiing/riding in a fun supportive environment.

3rd Annual Meadows Film Festival – Sunday, March 18

Top 10 finalists will be presented at the Vertical Restaurant from 4 – 7 PM, with the grand prize winning $500 cash. Go Pro cameras and Columbia Sportwear backpacks are also included in the prizes. Full Sail Brewing, KEEN Footwear and vitaminwater® also sponsor the event.

NW Demo Tour – Sunday, March 18
Demo next year’s skis and snowboards for free (liability release with i.d. and credit card required) with more than a dozen manufacturers expected to attend.

Spring Brewfest – Saturday, March 24
Live music on deck, and beers by Oregon’s favorite microbrews. Cool off with some beverages, while soaking up the sun on the deck!

Steeps Clinic – Sunday, March 25
Available to advanced and expert skiers and riders. These clinics are designed to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain.

3 Day Holiday Kids Camps and Freestyle Camps – March 26 – 28
Ski and Snowboard camps for kids ages 4 – 12, along with freestyle camps for freestylers of any age.

Hood River Appreciation Day – Saturday, March 31
The Hood River Meadows (HRM) Lodge has a very strong local Hood River presence, and we want to acknowledge them and say thank you! We'll have music and raffles, and Hood River companies will provide food, beer and wine samples.

 

More Praise for "Mt Hood Express" Jeff

I want to put in a good word about Jeff who works on Mt. Hood Express lift. Beyond just being a great guy with an eternally pleasant attitude, he is the most efficient loader ever. He takes charge, keeps people flowing without pissing them off and makes any line seem shorter. Give him a raise, give him a bonus--he's a keeper.

-- Todd

Peak Day Parking - In Search of Solutions

This has been a frustrating season for many of our guests due to several days where our parking lots reached capacity. We understand how disappointing it is to travel all the way to Meadows, only to be turned away because we have no more space for vehicles.  

The purpose of this blog is to seek solutions – thinking outside the box (literally) to discover and further explore opportunities. We want to use this forum to discuss and share creative new ideas for carpooling, parking lot management, shuttling and other concepts that will reduce the number of vehicles needing to be parked, but still provide access to everyone wanting to recreate on these peak days.

First we’d like to share some information about what is making this season seemingly worse than other seasons regarding reaching capacity in our parking lots.  

  1. This season, our winter has really occurred in just the past four weeks.  In prior seasons, our weather and guest visits have been more spread out. The lack of snow (especially epic powder days) in December has created pent up demand which explodes on the powder days we’ve experienced in January and February.
  2. Nearly all the days we reached parking capacity coincided with storms delivering substantial snow and powder conditions on a major holiday weekend; when the weather conditions on one of the weekend days was far superior to the other. In many cases the other Mt. Hood resorts and other resorts throughout the Northwest also exceeded parking capacity on those days.
  3. While season pass holders are affected – this issue isn’t caused by the number of passes sold. Even on our busiest parked out days, pass holder visits are usually less than 50% of the skier visits that day. 
  4. Because our lots are part of the Sno-Park system, we are required by ODOT and USFS to manage them on a first come first serve basis.  Our crews do an awesome job of parking cars in our lots, shuttling guests from one place to another, making sure vehicles have current Sno-Park Permits, and doing all they can under very tough circumstances to provide guest service. In addition to managing our parking lots at full capacity, we also have to keep ingress and egress lanes open to allow for emergency response vehicles for those urgent situations.
  5. Mt. Hood Meadows is not allowed to encourage parking, or shuttle from other Sno-Parks such as Tea Cup, Bennett Pass or White River.  There are other snow sports enthusiasts who use these parking lots for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.  We respect the use of these lots for such activities.
  6. We have been working closely with the USFS on a parking expansion project. Our application will take at least one more year for a decision from USFS. Such expansion would, however, be only one element to a multi-phased implementation of several public/private transportation partnership elements including but not limited to new park and ride facilities, bus transit, signalized "peak shaving" right of way systems, carpooling, and pricing schemes.

We realize that there is no single “silver bullet” to fully resolve the parking and broader transportation issues on Mt. Hood and at Mt. Hood Meadows. It is going to take several, smaller (yet achievable) initiatives, whose sum total results in providing access to all on these peak days.

As they say, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. So let’s talk about what we can do together to solve this issue of peak day parking.