Meadows Blog

Meadows Surpasses 100" Base

Major winter storm dumps 87" of snow in last 10 days at Mt. Hood Meadows including 17" on Christmas Day

Meadows surpasses 100 

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort celebrated reaching the 100" base mark on Christmas Day - but the gifts just keep on coming! The resort has received 87" of snow in 10 days, including 17" on Christmas Day alone. The forecast has another 12 to 18" forecast through tomorrow.

The early season storm has allowed Meadows to open all of it's terrain, including the legendary Heather Canyon which opened last Saturday. The powerful storm has gifted holiday skiers and snowboarders with an abundance of light powder. The resort is advising guests to be aware of deep snow safety hazards - to avoid tree wells, ride with a buddy and always keep that person in sight.

Here's a slideshow of pictures submitted to us Monday. Pretty awesome!

All lifts are scheduled for the holiday period, weather conditions permitting.

Meadows After Dark Rail Jam 12.22.12

Meadows has joined with Windell's and USASA to present the Meadows Rail Jams this season. We kicked it off Saturday with an awesome rail jam hosting all levels of freestyle skiers and snowboarders stoked about the early season set up in Shipyard.

Video by Pierce Hodges. 

Snowboard Open Class Women
1. #62 Kirsten Lee

Snowboard Open Class Men
1. #49 Kenny Srofe
2. #58 Rick Millet
3. #48 Will Dennis

Skier Open Class Men
1. #71 Abraham Barnett
2. #94
3. #68 Kevin Lund

Skier Open Class Women
1.  #64 Kayla Schurton
2. Kristie Beavert

Snowboard women 14  & Over
1. #3 Meiling Huang
2. #2 Autumn Inouye
3. #70 Maddie Collins

Snowboard men 14 & Over
1. #54 Connor Goodwillie
2. #61 Cooper Harrington
3. #75 Tye McCarthy

Skier Women 14 & Over
1. #14 Maya Barnard Davidson
2  #43 Kayla Van Hoose
3. #35 Hannah Hurley

Skier Men 14 & Over
1. #65 William Reuland
2. #5 Tucker Fitzsimons
3. #51 Jake Mageau

Skier Boys 10-13
1. #55 Reese Carroll
2. #2 Chris Redlich-Colgan
3. #3 Vetea Boersma

Skier Boys 9 & Uncer
1. #81 Wyatt Duce

Skier Girls 10-13
1. #78 Abby Bergemann

Snowboard Boys 10-13
1. #4 Sean Fitzsimons
2. #66 Evan Andrews
3. #56 Wyatt Foley

Snowboard Boys 9 & Under
1. Nick Geisbrecht

Snowboard Girls 10-13
1.Livia Molodyh

The next Rail Jam will be January 12. Those participating in the series have a chance to qualify for some additional prizes through Windells. 

Meadows Parks is weathering all the new snow well - with Shipyard, The Zoo and Forest Park operating. Rose City will be built up for the upcoming competitions. And with more snow we'll be able to get Park Place and ultimately the half pipe under construction.

Check out the interactive parks page, or get your parks update on the conditions page.

The Holiday is Loaded with Events, Clinics and Fun for the Whole Family

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is ready to celebrate the holiday season with events, ski school clinics and camps. Lifts are scheduled to operate daily beginning at 9 AM, including Christmas and New Year’s Days and there will be extended night operations during Christmas week. It culminates with a New Year’s Eve spectacular, exquisite dinner, fireworks and a party with “Keegan Smith and the Fam” perfoming live at Vertical!

Here's a video from the past to put you in the holiday mood!

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is scheduled to operate daily with lifts opening at 9 AM each day during the holiday season, and through the end of April.

MEADOWS AFTER DARK evening operations are normally offered Wednesday through Sunday evenings until 9 PM. From December 19 - December 31 Meadows will operate lifts until 9 PM, except Christmas Eve (December 24) when lifts close at 4 PM, and New Year’s Eve when lifts will run until midnight.

TWILIGHT KIDS CLUB is regularly offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. During the holiday the club will be offered each evening from December 19 through January 6, with the exception of Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24) and New Year's Day (Tuesday, January 1). This provides 4 to 12 year olds supervision from 3 – 7 PM, with a 2 hour lesson in between plus dinner and a lift ticket. The price is just $70 for ages 7 – 12, $80 for ages 4 - 6 – (add equipment rentals for just $15) and Mom or Dad gets a 3 – 9 PM Meadows After Dark ticket for free!

PARK & RIDE SHUTTLE FROM PORTLAND RUNS DAILY December 19 – January 6, except Christmas Day (12/25). The shuttle picks up at three convenient metro-area locations. Bus seats must be purchased in advance through the resort’s web site

NORDIC CENTER OPEN DAILY 9 AM – 4 PM from December 15 – January 7.


Dec. 21-23: Burton Mountain Festival 9 AM - 4 PM Daily
Test ride Burton's latest equipment for free (credit card, I.D. and liability release required), win prizes in the KNOW contest, get the 6 and unders shredding in the Riglet Park and attend the Apres Ski Party Saturday.

Dec. 22: Meadows After Dark Rail Jam Series
3 – 8 PM in Shipyard – Free registration with divisions for lower and upper level skiers and snowboarders. Helmet required (and parental release if under 18.) Awesome prizes from sponsors Nike, Never Summer, Icelantic and Trew.

Dec. 22: Steeps Clinic
For advanced and expert skiers and riders to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain taught by our most certified and strongest pros.

Dec. 23: Womens Clinic
For women and taught by our most certified and experience female instructors in a fun and supportive environment. Available for intermediate and above skiers and riders.

Dec. 24-25: Ski with Santa
Santa’s revving up for his big night so here’s your chance to give him your last-minute Christmas list.

Dec. 29: Telemark Clinics
For beginning through expert telemarkers. Improve your technique with one of our experienced, certified instructors. Participants will be grouped together based on ability level and desired outcomes

Dec. 30: Steeps Clinic
For advanced and expert skiers and riders to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain taught by our most certified and strongest pros.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Celebration presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing
Mt. Hood Meadows celebrates New Year's Eve with a fireworks display, spectacular buffet dinner and party featuring “Keegan Smith and the Fam”! We'll run the lifts until Midnight to allow revelers to ski or ride in the New Year. A fireworks display will be launched around 10 PM. The dinner has three seatings (5-6; 6:30-7:30 and 8-9) and “Keegan Smith” will perform from 8 PM - 12:15 AM! Vertical will be set with a casino party.
Buy Online at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski ResortPurchase tickets, dinners, party and bus seats online in advance on-line. Brrring in the New Year at Mt. Hood Meadows - presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing and Brrr Seasonal Ale. Adult party buses scheduled from the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.

Jan. 1: College Bowl Games on the Big Screen TVs at the Vertical Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Jan 2-4: 3 Day Holiday Kids Camp
Designed for youth from ages 6 - 12, we team up the kids with others their same age and ability with four hours of on the snow instruction from a certified pro each day. Supervision is provided all day and lunch is included. Make reservations @ 503.337.2222 x1419.

Jan 2-4: 3 Day Freestyle Camp
For those wanting to learn freestyle technique of intermediate or more advanced ability. Make reservations @ 503.337.2222 x1419.

Riglet Park at Mt. Hood Meadows for the Burton Mountain Festival December 21-23

The Burton Mountain Festival includes an activity for kids as young as 3 years old - the Riglet Park. This is an area set aside for kids to demo small sized Burton boots strap on a Burton board with a Riglet Reel - a leash that allows for smooth pulling. The area has small snow features for fun sliding, which also helps build balance and technique.

The Riglet Park is scheduled to operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM - 3 PM. There is no charge, although parents will need to sign a liability release for their kids. No preregistration is needed, but equipment is limited to 15 sets, so there may be a wait depending on the turn out. Riglet sessions will be about 15 minutes in length (longer if there isn't a wait.) Helmets are strongly suggested. Our instructors will pull the kids through the park - parents provide support (and take pictures!)

If the slideshow below doesn't work CLICK HERE.

Matt Zaffino Ski Oregon Powder Alert

Matt Zaffino Powder Alert

Powder Alert - Dec 14, 2012

Greetings, skiers, boarders and lovers of sweet sweet powder.

It’s going to be a really good weekend. In fact, it’s been a good start to the season… gradual increases in the snowpack, no long dry spells even if we’ve not had any huge snowfalls.

We’ve got a weak storm bringing a few inches Friday, so there may be a little new snow to play with Saturday. But a stronger storm brings the goods Saturday night and Sunday, for 4 to 8 inches of fluff. Maybe more. And it keeps coming after that. A strong storm Sunday night and Monday promises more powder Monday into Tuesday. That one may create an outbreak of the “foot new flu”.

Right now, I’d pick Sunday and Tuesday as the best days: deepest new snow and lowest snow levels, about 2,000 feet Sunday and 2,500 feet Tuesday. For that matter, nothing wrong with Monday’s snow, it’ll just be a little windier and stormier.

Check out these photos from the last week of snow storms at Meadows!

Later next week, we see a dry day with light winds and good visibility Wednesday, so that’s as close as we get to a bluebird day in the next week. Then, the coldest air of the season arrives Thursday, dropping the snow level down to 1,000 feet. We’ll probably only see a couple inches of snow that day, as we may be transitioning into a bit if a dry spell. So get those turns in while the snow is fresh!

Happy Holidays,

Matt Zaffino
Chief Meteorologist
KGW Media Group

(Matt Zaffino has been forecasting powder days in Oregon for over 25 years. An avid back-country telemark skier, he’s hit the slopes of Oregon from his previous home near Mt Ashland to secret powder stashes in the Wallowa’s, while logging as many runs as possible at all of the resorts in the Oregon Cascades.)

Night Operations Start Wednesday

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) -- –"Meadows After Dark" Mt. Hood’s premier night riding and skiing experience kicks off for the season this Wednesday, December 12. With the lingering snow storm building the snowpack to nearly four feet, Meadows begins it’s regular season operating schedule – open daily at 9 AM with lifts scheduled until 9 PM Wednesdays through Sundays, and until 4 PM Mondays and Tuesdays.

$15 3-9 PM night pass Wednesday and Thursday

To celebrate the launching of the first (and at this time ONLY) night operations in Oregon, Meadows is offering a special $15 3-9 PM night pass on Wednesday and Thursday, December 12 and 13. The regular night pass is $30, or an entire season night pass can be purchased for just $129.
Meadows is also extending a discount to those holding other ski area season passes it’s first weekend of operations. Those showing their season pass can receive a $15 3-9 PM night pass Friday, Saturday or Sunday, December 14 – 16.
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. 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 passes and learn to ski and snowboard packages, as well as discounts for families.

To get you in the night riding mood - here's a video Pierce Hodges put together from seasons past.

Meadows After Dark Deals

Evening Lift Pass from 3 – 9 PM is just $30
5 Time Night Pass - $94 (individual picture pass good for five evenings)
Night Season Pass - $129 valid 3 – 9 PM

Ski & Snowboard Lesson Packages

Learn to Ski or Board Package - $50 (ages 13 and older)
Packages a Buttercup lift pass 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) - $99
Packages your first three evenings (3–9 PM) of lift passes, lessons and equipment rentals all for one low price! First two days include Buttercup beginner lift pass, last day is all night operating lift access.

December Starting Off Right

Video by Pierce Hodges shot Sunday 12.2.12 @ Mt. Hood Meadows

The change from November to December was punctuated with a powdery winter storm that dropped a foot of fresh at Meadows through Sunday morning. The storm continues to dump at a rate of an inch an hour, making for some exceptional early season powderr skiing! Photos were taken Saturday before the brunt of the storm hit. Photos by Temira @ Mt. Hood Meadows! Enjoy!

The welcome storm has bolstered Meadows base depth to 38" which is expected to grow as the storm continues through Sunday. Early season conditions still exist so you'll need to be aware of unmarked obstacles, but it's certainly the best conditions we've seen so far this very young season.

We'll be evaluating conditions once the storm rolls through (expecting higher freezing levels on Tuesday) - we'll see how we "weather that weather" and determine implications for night operations, Hood River Meadows and Nordic Center operations at that time. Keep doing your snow dances - they're working!"