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April Vertical Challenge

April Vertical Challenge @ Mt. Hood Meadows
We're celebrating a great season and honoring our most enthusiastic spring skiing and riding guests with a Vertical Challenge.

The rules are simple – Meadows will award ten (10) 2013/14 Season Passes – 2 in each age category – for those who accumulate the most vertical, measured by our RFID gate system – in the month of April. Vertical is measured at each RFID gate from April 1 – 28.

2013/14 Unlimited Season Passes awarded in each age category:

  • 6 And Under
  • Age 7 – 14
  • Age 15 – 22
  • Age 23 – 64
  • Age 65+

Any registered picture pass media attached to an RTP customer record is eligible to collect vertical (season pass, 10 Time Pass, Meadows Club Card, Midweek+ pass). You can check your vertical by logging into this page.

The Responsibility Code, rules of safety and on slope etiquette must be followed. Any infraction will result in disqualification from the Vertical Challenge and forfeiture of your season pass. This is an event presented for fun and to celebrate April conditions and our spring season. Please ride responsibly.

Check out the leaderboard here on our site - or on the resort TVs.

Additionally, Meadows will have a grand prize drawing for one more 2013/14 season pass. Each day a guest visits (registered at our RFID gate) will be one entry into the drawing. So the more days someone visits in April, the more chances they'll have to win.

Enjoy April, get some exercise and enjoy spring riding at Mt. Hood Meadows!


  1. chris

    March 29, 2013

    Great contest!

    I have also thought you should have some sort of prize for the paid passholder (non-employee) who gets the most vertical all season and/or recognition (certificate) for those who reach one million vertical feet in a season.

    Meadows: Thanks Chris. Great suggestions! The RFID gate technology certainly gives us some fun opportunities and the April Challenge will be a good way for us to learn more about it.

  2. Forrest

    April 3, 2013

    How can u get 115 runs in two days? 130,000 plus vert? Looks suspect....

    Meadows: Thanks! We'll look into it.

  3. Matt

    April 9, 2013

    You mention a Leaderboard which will be on your web site. Do you have a link to it or could you tell me where it is? I couldn't find it.

    Meadows: Here's a shortcut:


    April 17, 2013

    Do you have to sign up somewhere to get your id #/initials/data on the leaderboard???????????????????????????

    Meadows: No. If you have a picture pass, your vertical is automatically recorded. You can track your own vertical by logging in at this page:
    If you're vertical is in the top 10 of your age group, it will automatically appear on the leader board. As always, have fun on the mountain and always follow the rules of the responsibility code!

  5. chris

    April 29, 2013

    It looks like you might have to award a 3rd free pass in the 23-64 age group (assuming all totals are legit). One million vertical feet in 1 month is pretty impressive.

    Meadows: It is an impressive mark for sure! But we'll award the two passes we committed to within each age group. And we'll be making our random drawing this week as well for one additional season pass!

  6. John

    April 29, 2013

    I would like to congratulate you for such a great mountain & staff. I have skied for a long time & at many different locations, and your mountain ranks as one of the best that I have experienced. The April vertical challenge is a very novel enjoyable way to get out and do some spring skiing. Unfortunately some people take the challenge the wrong way.
    I watched some youngsters about age 10 & younger bombing the hill on HRM & they were repeating this over & over. I could see they were just trying to rack up the vertical & not following any safety or improving their skiing.

    Meadows: Thanks for your kind words. We will evaluate the Vertical Challenge to keep it fun but also stay within the rules of the responsibility code to promote safe, responsible riding.

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