Meadows Blog

February Freshies

On the heels of a storm that dropped 30" of snow heading into the weekend, 13" fell Monday, so intensely that the upper mountain was socked. Vista and Cascade couldn't run due to visibility. Tuesday awoke to bluebird skies and more than a foot of fresh, delightful powder some of the best of the season.

Storm recovery crews arrived early, and launched Vista on schedule at 8:55 AM and Cascade just 20 minutes later. The day was filled with powder runs as the entire mountain was covered in this powder goodness. Krissy Fagan captured some of the day for you to enjoy! We added some photos taken February 27 to satisfy your appetite for great mountain shots!

Meadows now has a base of 120" in the base area and is setting nicely for spring. Great conditions, clinics and fun family events make for a great time on the mountain. "Our future's so bright we gotta wear shades" - and sunscreen - great advice for today's bluebird powder happy guests! 

Major Winter Storm Powder Blasts Meadows

It's the storm we've been waiting for - and it arrived midweek but kicked up its ferocity Friday, with driving winds and dumping a foot of powder. So far the storm has deposited two feet of snow, and it's forecast to continue to drop another foot or more through the beginning of next week.

Storm Riding Video by Pierce Hodges

The pent up demand for powder was expressed Saturday, as for the first time this season our parking lots reached capacity. Our parking crews are shoehorning cars in as they leave, and we expect that there'll be plenty of parking opened up for night riding after 2 or so. Wind, visibility and storm recovery is keeping Cascade and Vista from operating (looking ahead to some awesome riding after storm recovery). Avalanche reduction operations continued in Heather (although lower Heather was open Friday) and Private Reserve was open. High winds were affecting lift speed on Shooting Star, Hood River Express and Stadium Express.

Heads Up - Sunday Looks Like a Peak Parking Day

Sunday is setting up to be another peak park out day, with snow forecast throughout tonight and better weather on Sunday. There may be some partial clearing and our lift crews will be conducting storm recovery efforts as soon as the weather allows (it will be an early start for sure)! On days like these it is best to plan on arriving before 9:30 AM, or arrive later (after 1:30 or so) to avoid the time frame when turn aways due to parking capacity most likely occurs. We recommend carpooling - or taking a Park & Ride shuttle from Portland.

Kudos to ODOT the Media and to YOU!

The storm was well publicized by all the news stations, which discouraged anyone driving to Mt. Hood unprepared. This very important message made for a very orderly commute to the mountain this morning (no major incidents or accidents reported). ODOT crews were ON IT with snow removal, plowing and keeping the road way driveable. We want to thank all those guests who prepared themselves and their vehicles for the drive. 

Deep Snow Safety

Finally, as you enjoy the great conditions and all this POWDER - we want you to exercise good judgment and be aware of deep snow safety hazards. Avoid tree wells - they can trap you. ALWAYS ride with friends and keep them in view. If you're going into gated access we recommend you have a beacon, shovel and probe.

We'll see you on the mountain!

Matt Zaffino February 19 Powder Alert

Matt Zaffino Powder Alert
The storms of winter are about to return. Just in time, I've been getting a lot of whining and complaining, which generally goes like this: "I want freshies!" or "I want freshies, DAMMIT".

And freshies you shall have. The relatively quiet weather pattern of the last several weeks is about to change. Right now we're under a split flow with storms diving south off the coast, sending the freshies far south into the Sierra. But by Friday, the split flow consolidates into a northwesterly flow that aims right at Oregon, replete with heavy mountain snow and strong winds. Saturday is my powder pic, as there should be a foot or more of new snow on Mt Hood with the snow level dropping to the sweet spot of about 500 feet. Sweet because it's not snowing in Portland, which prevents panic in the streets and local media.  But it also means it'll be COLD on the mountain, with temperatures in the teens at 5,000 to 6,000 foot elevations. A foot or more should fall on Mt Hood Friday into Saturday and it'll still be snowing on Saturday. Snowfall will be less as you head south to Mt Bachelor and east to the Wallowas, but Bachelor will still likely see a foot or so and Anthony Lakes should be approaching a foot from the storm. If you prefer better weather conditions with less wind and a few sunbreaks, then Sunday's your day. Either way you can't go wrong.

Winter Storm forecast from NOAA. 

And this storm isn't a one-shot deal. It'll be preceded by a splitter on Thursday, which means southern areas like Mt Ashland may be able to squeeze 3 to 6 inches out of the system as it drops south along the coast, while an inch or two may fall on Mt Hood.

Following the break in the weather Sunday, another cold storm drops in Sunday night bringing more powder with the snow level remaining around 500 feet. While this storm won't bring as much snow as Friday's, it should come with less wind, so the snow may actually lay down better for Monday morning riders and skiers. Mt Hood will likely see 6 to 8 inches from this baby. Monday would be powder pick number 2.

The last in this series of storm seems slated for Wednesday. This storm will be weaker than the previous two and also come with a higher snow level, but only up to about 2,000 to 3,000 feet, so still good quality snow. The heaviest snow from that storm will be from Mt Hood north, with 4 to 6 inches likely in the northern Oregon Cascades.

We've been patient, now, be ready to go forth and carve.

Happy Trails,

Matt Zaffino
(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.)

Presidents Day Weekend Culminates with $10 Night

Presidents Night at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
  • Mt. Hood Meadows Celebrates President's Holiday with $10 Monday Night Pass
  • Special 3-9 PM Monday evening pass available exclusively on-line until 2 PM Monday
MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows will celebrate the President's Holiday with a special Monday evening 3-9 PM pass for just $10, available exclusively through the resort's web site.

Buy Online at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski ResortThe $10 night pass must be purchased in advance (by 2 PM Monday, February 18) and is valid from 3-9 PM Monday. The night pass can be purchased that evening at the ski resort for $20 (a savings of $10 off the regular 3-9 PM pass $30 price).

The resort enters the popular winter holiday with nearly a 100" base, a forecast for more snow and excellent snow conditions. Park & Ride shuttles from Portland will run Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a round-trip ride just $20 (purchased on-line). In addition to it's regular ski and snowboard adult and kids lessons, Meadows will offer the Twilight Kids Club each evening, Friday through Monday night, an incredibly affordable way for the family to place kids in a two hour lesson and get a free adult night pass! Meadows Ski School will offer a Steeps Clinic on Saturday and a Freestyle Clinic on Sunday.

A Nordic Extravaganza will be presented Saturday, February 16, a day full of Nordic festivities! The event kicks off with a Sam Cordell Skate Clinic for only $25. Demo skis will be available, compliments of Rossignol, Fischer and Madshus, and a waxing clinic with Call “The Wax Meister” Andersen. There will also be a barbecue, and the White Rino marimba band will be performing live.

Apres Ski entertainment will be served up at Vertical from 3-6 PM with "MessyHair" Saturday and "The Quick & Easy Boys" Sunday.

Meadows retail shops celebrate the holiday with a President's Weekend Sale - season passholders will receive 30% off of all outerwear (non-passholders save 20%) at Outer Limits Sports. Looking to finally get that new board or skis you've been staring at all season? The High Performance Center will be having a hard goods sale, where passholders save 30% and non-passholders save 20%.

And the holiday culminates with the $10 ski night Monday. See you here!

Make A Hero And Get A Discount Meadows Lift Pass

Make A Hero Helps Individuals with Disabilities in Oregon!

Boulder, CO (February 2013)- Make a Hero, producers of the award winning film, The Movement narrated by Robert Redford and Warren Miller announce a partnership today with Mt. Hood Meadows and Hillcrest Sports. “Our goal is to bring skiers a great ski package with proceeds going towards helping individuals with physical disabilities experience the freedom of skiing” said former owner of Warren Miller Films and founder of Make A Hero, Kurt Miller.

MakeaHero.orgOregonians can help support individuals with physical disabilities learn to ski in addition to saving 20% on a Mt. Hood Meadows midweek day pass and save $25 on a $100 gift certificate from Hillcrest Sports. See the full details for the Oregon ski package at:

For the second year, Make A Hero is partnering with Mt. Hood Meadows and Hillcrest sports to provide this great package to help grow awareness, educate and generate support for individuals with disabilities. Proceeds from this package will allow Make A Hero to inspire individuals with disabilities to “get fully engaged in the game of life,” build their confidence and help them regain their mobility and freedom through sports and recreation. This year, proceeds will also go toward documenting local individuals with disabilities learning to ski at Mt. Hood Meadows by Make A Hero’s award winning camera crew.

Mt. Hood Executive Director, Dave Tragethon added “Mt. Hood Meadows has always supported individuals with physical disabilities getting back on the mountain. We believe in the growth of adaptive sports in Oregon and encourage all people, no matter their ability, to come enjoy the freedom of the slopes.”  

The special $60 day pass must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance and the voucher authorization email from Make A Hero presented along with valid I.D. to redeem the pass at Mt. Hood Meadows. Help us Make A Hero in Oregon today! To learn more about Make A Hero please visit:

Make A Hero Today!!!

Kurt Miller
Founder, Make A Hero
Director, The Movement

Seven Inches of Refreshing Snow - Delightful!

Last week we had every kind of weather known to this mountain thrown at us. It's kind of nice to have a kinder, gentler storm softly dropping five inches of new snow - with three inches of that overnight (read: untracked since we closed at 4 PM Tuesday). This is the essence of midweek skiing at Meadows. Check out the new snow. Now look at the parking lot. Open slopes. No lift lines. The promise of more snow for tomorrow. See you Thursday?
(Updated Thursday, 2.7.13 - enjoy the slide show!)