Meadows Blog

Opening Thanksgiving Day!

For the fourth consecutive season lifts will be turning on Thanksgiving day at Mt. Hood Meadows. The resort will open for the 2012/13 season Thanksgiving, with four lifts scheduled to operate from 9 AM – 4 PM. The resort currently has a 33 inch base, thanks to almost two feet of snow which has fallen since Saturday. And with more snow forecast this weekend, resort officials are confident the resort will continue daily operations for the season.

Video by Pierce Hodges

Lifts scheduled include the Mt. Hood Express high speed quad, Daisy, Easy Rider and the Buttercup beginner chair. The “Fun Zone” serviced by Mt. Hood’s only enclosed conveyer – the Ballroom Carpet – will also operate. 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. More lifts and terrain will be opened as snow coverage and conditions allow. Meadows Shipyard park will feature several rails for some early season jibbing.

Uphill traffic will be allowed only on designated climbing routes - no uphill within the permit area as Meadows crew and equipment on the mountain preparing for opening.

Day lift passes will be $59 for adults, $39 for ages 14 and under (and seniors 65 and older) and $10 for 6 ages and under. on opening day. The price will increase as more lifts and terrain is added.

The ski and snowboard school will be fully operational, offering group and private lessons for adults and kids, including the resort’s state certified Day Care Center. Culinary services will be serving up breakfast and lunch in the Schuss with lunch and après ski in the Alpenstube. The popular “Fresh Tracks Deli” will also be open for local, fresh, organic and gluten free selections, and the Coffee Cart each morning.

The equipment rental center will be open (a good choice for early season conditions) and the resort retail shops, Outer Limits Sports and the High Performance Center will be open for outer wear, hard goods and last minute accessory (gloves and goggles) purchases.

The shops are offering Black Friday deals all weekend long with discounts up to 50%, including 20% off this year’s selection of skis, boards, bindings and outerwear. Free mounting is offered on any ski/binding purchase.

Pass holder services will be open by 8 AM each morning for those needing to have their new RFID season pass issued.


  1. Brooke Weissenfels

    November 21, 2012

    I am there!! Do you think you'll be open on Sunday/Monday after the holiday too?

    Meadows: We plan on it. We expect to connect a great opening with a great ending - and all the days in between! So currently our schedule is 9 AM - 4 PM daily, until we get enough snow to open night operations.

  2. Chris

    November 21, 2012

    Go Time! Get this wonderful news plastered all over the front page of the site!

    Meadows: Done!

  3. Tom

    November 21, 2012

    Midweek passes good on Friday?

    Meadows: Absolutely - Thursday and Friday! Midweek passes are good Mondays through Fridays all season, except December 26 - 31. Thanks! By the way - you also get night skiing on Wednesday - Friday nights with the midweek pass.

  4. Ben

    November 21, 2012

    Any chance to open more lifts over the course of the weekend? Lift lines will be CRAZY long!

    Meadows: It's a possibility, but really depends on the coverage. Shooting Star would be the next lift we'd bring on line - and if the forecast holds for continued storm into this evening that would certainly help. But we plan on four lifts going at 9 AM. We'll see what happens after that!

  5. Vic

    November 21, 2012

    I have the night season pass. Can we get nights going friday?

    Meadows: Most likely not this Friday. We'd like to have a little more coverage before skiing under the lights.

  6. Patrick Quigley

    November 21, 2012

    Hood River says thanks to Meadows, Temira and ULLR for this extremely great update. Tuning skis tonight...

    Meadows: And not necessarily in that order =0} See you on the mountain!

  7. Adam Williams

    November 22, 2012

    Such exciting news! been waiting for this announcement... unfortunately I'm out of town with family for Thursday through Sunday... but I might come back early to hit the slopes!

    Meadows: Travel safe and we'll see you upon your return!

  8. Steep & Deep

    November 22, 2012

    Sounds like a great opening day! I hope everyone has a great time up there while I am enjoying my Turkey and than a nap during the football games. I will be joining the fun early next week!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Meadows: Happy Thanksgiving everyone - see you on the mountain soon!

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