Meadows Blog

Season Coming to an End

As we draw to the end of our daily operations, we want to thank all of our guests who visited our resort this season. We appreciate your support and loyalty – particularly those who have been coming up in April. We wish there were more of you. Based on the turn out the past few weeks we know that a lot of you have moved on to the recreation and activities of summer.

And so we announce that this weekend – Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th, will be our last days of operation for this season. We would like to end on a strong note, so we’re providing this advance notice so you can plan on getting your season-ending turns in.

Lifts scheduled each day from 9 AM – 3 PM are Mt. Hood Express, Cascade Express, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet. Lift tickets will be $49 – and all season passes (including night and midweek) will be honored these days. The forecast is looking good now, but keep in mind that weather can affect operations.

We’ll operate ski and snowboard school for lessons, rentals, our retail shops, and Day Care. The Paradise Sun Deck and the Schuss will be open, as well as the Alpenstube. Rose City and the Zoo will offer freestyling, and the SuperPipe will also be cut for the weekend.

We hope you can make it up Saturday or Sunday, or better yet both days! And remember, a good-bye is never painful unless you’re never going to say hello again. We’re already planning on a great season for 2012-13!

See you on the mountain,

Meadows Team

Sno-Kona Pond Skim

Spectators packed the base area Saturday to cheer on the 100 brave competitors skimming across the 90 foot pond at the 6th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim at Mt. Hood Meadows Saturday. Hawaiian themed and outlandish costumes adorned the courageous competitors, as they rode down the in-run on skis or snowboard towards the icy pond. Nearly 70 competitors made it across the pond their qualifying run, leading to a spectacular final round.
Sno-Kona Pond Skim @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
At stake -  was the coveted first prize – a trip for two to Hawaii from All About Hawaii. With fashionable and high tech costumes like Erik Brown (dressed as a robot, successfully skimmed the pond and did the robot dance) took third and won a $50 gift certificate to Portland’s Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Restaurant. Five-time veteran Bruce Kuper took 2nd (and won a Kona beach cruiser) dressed as a Hawaiian warrior. And first place was Tory Robinson – dressed as James Bond, who freed some women in distressed, killed a bad guy, and then dropped to his knee and proposed to Sabrina LaGood, who accepted and is now his fiancé. 
The player below features several videos from the Pond Skim - enjoy!

Judges Matt Zaffino of KGW, Bozyk from 105.9 the Brew, Squid from 947 along with Pamela from Popina Swimwear and Brad from All About Hawaii agreed that the style, staging, and ultimately successful proposal won Tory and Sabrina a honeymoon in Hawaii.
For pictures of the final round visit Grant Myrdal's web site.
Natalie Welsch made the best impression as a women contestant with her “Victoria’s Secret Angel Fish” costume and received a $250 Popina Swimwear gift certificate.

Clayton Ewen (a whoopee cushion) and Lowell Neal (a 6’2” Oompa Loompa) got best splash prizes and received $50 Mt. Hood Meadows gift cards.

Best costume awards went to St. John Laughlin’s “Who’s your Daddy” with five baby (dolls) and luggage attached; and Kirk Zach dressed as a mug of Kona brew. Each received $50 Meadows gift cards.

The Retro Active Gamma Rays provided surf music for the event, and Jillian Rabe Productions put on the Popina Swimwear Fashion Show. The event was sponsored by Kona Brewing, All About Hawaii, KEEN, Popina Swimwear, Tim’s Cascade Snacks and Jillian Rabe Productions.

Thank You Mt. Hood Meadows

Thank You Mt. Hood MeadowsAs we approach the end of the season, I wanted to let Mount Hood Meadows know about my first snow season experience.  I had a wonderful time learning to snowboard, and progressed from Ballroom Carpet to Heather Canyon in a mere 3 months' time (with 20+ years of surfing experience, the transition was very natural for me).  I truly love the sport and the mountain, and MHM is definitely the place to be.

In mid-February I met someone on the mountain who has changed my life.  I first saw her up at the Mazot, on one of the many gorgeous bluebird days I experienced this season.  We are both musicians as well as SE Portland natives.  She inspires me every day with her musicianship, love and positivity.  We came up to the mountain at least once a week throughout the rest of the season, growing together while doing what we love.  Without a season pass at your resort, I never would have met this person.  I am extremely grateful for MHM to be the venue to meet her, and want to extend the utmost in thanks to everyone who makes your resort a reality every year.

We will see you next year....together!

All the Best,
-- Billy C.

Celebrate Earth Day Saturday

April 22 is Earth Day - but really, shouldn't every day be Earth Day? Sustainability is one of our core values at Mt. Hood Meadows. We are proud of these initiatives we have taken to and are committed to to operate as sustainably as possible.

Saturday (April 21) we've invited the Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Chief Delvis Heath to present a thank you to Mother Earth ceremony on our Sun Deck. With a forecast for sunshine and spring skiing both Saturday and Sunday, we truly have a lot to be thankful for!

The Ceremony will begin at 2:30 PM with a prayer of thanks from Chief Heath.
Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers ceremony @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

Midweek Operations End April 23 - 27 - Special $25 Lift Ticket

We're heading into our last week of daily operations, and offering up a terrific deal on midweek lift tickets. You can purchase your 9 AM - 4 PM lift ticket for only $25, Monday - Friday next week.

This week the weather has been brutal - as April showers have been keeping you away. As we look at next week, we may need to limit operations depending on the forecast, such as not operating Hood River Express or Shooting Star on days that the weather just doesn't warrant it. We'd prefer to save our resources to operate on days when you want to come out and enjoy the weather. We'll try to give as much advance notice as possible - by the afternoon or evening before - if we anticipate changes to our scheduled lift operations.

Weekends in May

We're keeping an eye on this warmer, wetter spring weather pattern. We're hoping the rainy days stay away in May, and that we get sunny skies for our weekend operations. However, check our conditions page as we approach each weekend. We may alter the schedule depending on the forecast. So we may announce that we won't operate on Saturday (if it's going to rain) but be open Sunday that weekend only.

Meadows Extends Season on Weekends Into May

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – March precipitation set records in Portland – more than double the monthly average (and the most in 81 years!) Likewise, Mt. Hood Meadows received a heaping helping of March snow – more than 15 feet – growing the resort’s base snow depth to an impressive 174 inches. The resort has received 527” of snow (almost 44 feet) this season, most of it since mid-January, well ahead of its 430” average.
Lifts Operate Daily through April 29 - then Weekends in May
With lifts already scheduled to operate daily through April 29, the resort has announced it will extend the season on weekends into May, setting May 20 as the current end date for the season. May operations are dependent on good conditions and turnout, but the amount of snow and coverage should not be an issue. May hours will be from 9 AM – 2 PM Saturdays and Sundays, with Mt. Hood Express, Buttercup and Cascade Express scheduled to operate. Scheduled lifts, conditions and lift ticket prices will be presented on the resort’s conditions page.
The Unlimited Spring Pass (on sale for $149) will be honored the rest of the season, included the extended days in May.
Storm recovery efforts today opened up the Cascade Express – the resort’s highest lift – providing high speed service to the 7,300 foot level. The lift had lain dormant for almost a week while the upper mountain was pummeled by a powerful spring storm dropping several feet of snow. Crews deiced the lift, knocking foot thick rime ice from the lift towers and haul rope. Snowcats plowed out the piled up and drifted snow from under the haul rope to provide clearance for skiers and snowboarders. Their tireless efforts resulted in opening the high speed quad with limited grooming shortly after noon.

Deicing Cascade in storm recovery following a week of snow.
Snowcats dig out pathways under the haul rope for clearance for skiers and snowboarders.