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Above the Clouds at Mt. Hood Meadows

The bounties of a wild end to January - above the cloud skiing and riding on a 100+ inch base at Mt. Hood Meadows.

On the heels of a five-day storm which dropped three feet of wind driven powder and almost every other kind of precipitation imaginable, from freezing rain to icy pellets, the last day of January could  be the best day the month offers. With our base depth topping 100 inches, and a groom on most of the runs, outdoor enthusiasts are celebrating their passion on the upper mountain. Fantastic groom, awe inspiring views and socializing with friends. This is NW skiing at it's best!

Enjoy the slide show - pictures taken by Krissy in mComm at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Storm Riding Delight

A major winter storm has all the news stations ready to cover the potential 3 to 5 feet of snow this week. The news coverage is great - and responsible, offering up travel advisories and even deep snow safety alerts for those hitting the mountain (See KATU-TV coverage).

Meanwhile - our guests are happy to just get some powder turns in with storm riding at it's best. Here's a quick slide show for your enjoyment!

Crossbow our new signature feature in Forest Park

The Crossbow has arrived! This innovative feature was designed by our parks crew, constructed by Kurt Heine. We have plans to use it in the "Snake & Hammer" Banked Slalom event March 30, but until then it will be our signature feature in Forest Park. The elegant double C-Rail design allows approaches from multiple directions, allowing you to get creative. C Rail it, go straight over the top, jib a side or event transfer diagonally. The feature is ready for you to play on it.

See you on the mountain!


Meadows Celebrates National Ski Area Safety Awareness Week

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort celebrates National Ski Area Safety Week with a Safety Fair Saturday January 26. The National Ski Areas Association has designated January 21 – 27, 2012 as National Ski Area Safety Awareness Week. The event promotes and encourages responsible practices and etiquette designed to make skiers and snowboarders more aware of safety on the slopes. Essential to courteous and safe sharing of the mountain is the Responsibility Code – seven simple rules which if followed can provide an extra margin of safety on the slopes.

National Safety Awareness WeekActivities at the Safety Fair include:

  • Know the Code Games and raffle 
  • Beginner chair demonstration 
  • L.I.F.T.S.T.A.R.S Education 
  • Avy Dog meet and greet 
  • Damaged Helmet education and recycling 
  • Avalanche Rescue Training and awareness 
  • Recco Demonstration 
  • Music and prizes

Representatives from Meadows Pro Patrol will be on hand to discuss safety issues and introduce guests to the safety search and rescue dogs. A “beacon run” is planned to allow those who own avalanche beacons to test them and practice search techniques. A special emphasis this year is educating young guests about how to board, ride and unload chairlifts safely (the L.I.F.T.S.T.A.R.S Program).

Mt. Hood Meadows endorses the NSAA Code of Responsibility and encourages guests to “Know The Code” before and while visiting the mountain.

1. Stay in Control.
2. People ahead have the right of way.
3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
4. When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe signs and warnings and keep off closed trails.

7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

Meadows award winning skier and snowboarder safety education program can be found in the safety section of our website, which discusses the importance of staying in bounds, avoiding tree wells, avalanche safety and of course, the Responsibility Code.

For more details on National Ski Area Safety Week visit the National Ski Area Association web site.

National Ski Area Safety Week Poster 

Learn to Ski with Glen Plake Friday

Glen Plake learn to ski day at Mt. Hood MeadowsExtreme skier and PSIA certified instructor Glen Plake will be at Meadows to teach a class Friday, January 18 as part of National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month!

Glen Plake has been featured in ski films for decades, thrilling us with his fearless charge down steeps and free fall cliffs that only the most extreme skiers dare to attempt. His spiked Mohawk is his trademark, promoting the wild side and over the edge approach to the sport and lift in general.

Glen became the first skiing ambassador for the National Ski & Snowboard Month initiative, and has since become a certified ski instructor through PSIA. He'll be at Meadows this Friday as part of an Elan demo day, and instructing guests in an exclusive learn to ski package.

The package is limited to 20 people, and includes a beginner day pass, equipment rentals and four hours of instruction. The morning session will be with Meadows instructors to go over the basics, get everyone comfortable with the equipment, and moving on the snow. Everyone will be prepped for the afternoon session, which will be led by Glen. The package is $85 and can be purchased here (for ages 13 and older).

Plake will be at the Elan demo tent to meet and even take runs with guests following the lesson, Friday afternoon.

Matt Zaffino January 8 Powder Alert

Matt Zaffino Powder Alert
The week begins with warmer air and snow levels rising above 5,000 feet. But keep your powder dry for dry powder, because that's what's on the way.
A strong cold front will drop through the Northwest tonight. The mountains will get plastered with snow with the front Tuesday night and Wednesday. There will be new snow to ride for sure on Wednesday, but it also looks like a nasty day weather-wise on the mountain, with strong winds and increasing colder temperatures. BUT.. it ALSO should be one of those awesome days when you make a run, and by the time you make your next run your old tracks are covered over with new snow. Gotta love days like that.
My powder pick this week is Thursday. Lots of fresh snow from Wednesday, probably 6 to 10 inches new on Mt Hood and Mt Bachelor, with the coldest temperatures of the week. Snow showers will be adding light layers of fluff throughout the day as the sun comes in and out of the clouds, and the winds will be lighter. This may be a champagne edition powder day, if we get enough snow at the colder temperatures that arrive Wednesday night.
For Friday and the weekend there will be a little new snow, maybe a few inches from snow showers. But it'll stay COLD, keeping the snow in great shape. And there will be sun, at least at times.
The long range forecast shows a massive ridge of high pressure developing offshore next week. That will keep the Oregon mountains dry and mainly sunny, with gradually, slowly, warming temperatures. So there won't be much new snow next week, but it'll be a great time to enjoy the deep snowpack at the resorts and take in our awesome alpine scenery.
Matt Zaffino
Chief Meteorologist

KGW Media Group

Republished from SkiOregon.Org Powder Alert
(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.)

January is Learn a Snow Sports Month

January has been proclaimed Learn A Snow Sport Month and Mt. Hood Meadows is offering many affordable packages for new adventurers trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time. The offer is part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a national effort organized by the snow sports industry to get family and friends outside in the winter.

Meadows has the largest ski school in Oregon, with certified professionals and a vast amount of experience in introducing New Adventurers to skiing and snowboarding. The resort’s “Buttercup” beginner chairlift services the gradual terrain where first time lessons are conducted. Meadows also has Mt. Hood’s only enclosed over the conveyer called “The Ballroom Carpet” which gives new adventurers a fun uphill experience. Most ski areas rely on the traditional “rope tow” which tend to wear out beginners being pulled up the hill.

LASSM Mt. Hood Meadows

"Snow sports are fun and easier to learn than many people think," said Dave Tragethon, Meadows Executive Director of Communications. "You can burn a lot of calories, meet some terrific people and have an experience that can be shared among friends and family.”

3 Time Passport - $139 (age 13 and older)

Includes three days – lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. First two days include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, third day is an all mountain lift. Any three days, no reservations required.

3 Time Night Passport - $99 (age 13 and older)

Includes three evenings – 3 – 9 PM lift tickets, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. First two evenings include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, third evening is an all night operating lift. Any three nights (Wednesday – Sunday evenings), no reservations required.

One Day Beginner Package - $75 at the ski resort (age 13 and older)

Includes a Buttercup beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals. This package can be purchased online in advance for $65.

A second two hour lesson can be added for just $20 more.

Night Beginner Package - $50 (age 13 and older, offered Wednesday – Sunday Evenings)

Includes a Buttercup 3 – 9 PM beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals.

Twilight Kids Club $80 age 7 – 12 / $90 age 4 - 6

Twilight Kids Club is offered Saturdays and Sundays. Parents receive 1 free adult 3pm – close lift ticket for each child enrolled in Twilight Club. Kids are supervised from 3 PM – 7 PM with a two hour on snow lesson offered in between. Dinner is included for the kids. Equipment rentals are just $15 for kids in the Club.

KidSki and KidsRide Daily Ski and Snowboard Program

Mt. Hood Meadows offers kids lessons every day - presented in 2 hour (half day) or 4 hour (full day) formats. Kids are grouped together by age and ability and coached by our best PSIA Certified Instructors.


January 2013 marks the fifth year for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). Ski and snowboard areas throughout the U.S. offer special programs for children and adults who want to learn a snow sport. Programs vary in make-up and cost. Some are free and most are discounted during January. A typical learning package consists of a lift ticket, equipment rentals and lessons from a professional instructor generally at a reduced cost and, in some cases, free. Retailers also may offer opportunities for newcomers to learn basic information needed for a quality on-snow experience such as how to dress for outdoor winter activity and what equipment is appropriate for someone starting out.

The Web site helps newcomers locate venues in their local communities or elsewhere where learning programs take place. The site also includes information and links intended to help newcomers learn more about the world of snow sports. A new program called Bring a Friend encourages current skiers and snowboarders to bring friends or family members to a local venue and help them sign up for lessons from professional instructors. The national Bring a Friend Challenge offers incentives, including product prizes and trips, for both current participants and newcomers. The national Challenge starts in December and runs until March 17, 2013. Details are available at Trips will be awarded at the end of the Challenge and are for the 2013-14 season. They include four-day packages for two to Sun Valley in Idaho, Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons in Utah and Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Bring a Friend are supporters of the Let’s Move initiative and the President’s Challenge, two programs designed to encourage activity and good nutritional practices – particularly among our youth.