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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!

Powder Break - Spring Break off to an Outrageous Start!

It's a sneaky storm - dropping 44" of snow this week. The best of it fell Thursday - when officially we received 13" in the base area. But the top of Star had 21". And the powder runs are amazing. Looking for some SloMo - MoJo? Try Nettie's run, which has a shallower pitch. But the thigh deep untracked powder was so light that you could slowly float down Nettie's. Untracked. Untouched. Just you and the snowflakes. Nice!
Enjoy the slide show - pictures by Krissy Fagan of mComm!

Heather Canyon Closed Thursday due to Recent Avalanche Activity

To keep our valued guests in the loop, here is some information on why Heather was closed Thursday, and will likely not be open Friday. Evaluation and Hazard Reduction are continuing.

We expect 100% compliance with our boundary lines as rope ducking will not be toleratED, and could have potentially fatal results.

 This debris field was found in the Clark and Heather Drainages Thursday morning during one of our Hazard Reduction Routes, and directly following an artillery mission.  The debris was fresh, but is unknown at this time where this avalanche actually originated from.  When the weather clears we will have a better opportunity to fully evaluate the continuing avalanche hazard.

On March 10, 2011 we experienced a major avalanche in the Canyon. Here is a link to that original blog post, and another link to the patrol investigation.

Meadows is the Place to be in March

Had an amazing time on the mountain this past Sunday. Got first tracks down HRM and rode deep POW in PR all morning long.

The weather was some of the best for storm riding I've been in this season. Caught a couple cool point of view shots that sum up some waist deep amazing snow in Elk and how cool the weather system was. It's hard to believe the shots are from the same day.

Meadows is the best place to be in March. This is the 5th season in a row that I can remember outstanding March storms followed by sunny conditions.

The weather reports for Wednesday/Thursday/Friday have me re-arranging my schedule for this week.

Learn To Ski And Snowboard Two for One

Every ski resort has a learn to ski or snowboard package, which includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and lesson. Mt. Hood Meadows will also add in your best friend! The resort if offering this opportunity for enthusiasts to couple up and get a great deal on their first time on the mountain.

The individual package sells for $75 and includes a lift day pass for the Buttercup beginner lift, which also includes the Ballroom Carpet – Mt. Hood’s only enclosed over-the-snow conveyor. Also included is ski or snowboard equipment from the resort’s equipment rental center, and a two-hour group lesson taught by a professional instructor. 

The special “Add a Friend for Free” allows two people to take the beginner package together for just $75. No reservations are needed, simply come to the resort and register at the resort’s equipment rental center. Participants must be 13 or older, and a parental consent form is required for those under age 18. Purchases are made at the mountain.

Learn to ski, learn to snowboard, mt hood meadows 

Top 10 Videos Revealed - Zach St. Clair Wins Top Honors

The 4th Annual Mt. Hood Meadows Film Festival was presented Sunday at the Vertical Restaurant (turned movie theater). The top 10 were culled from 20 submissions this season, and the production value and action sequences impressed the judges. You can view all the videos in this playlist below (select Playlist in the video player).

Zach St. Clair  Weekend Warriors $500 + GoPro Hero Silver + BacPac LCD + BacPac Battery + Dakine Camera Bag
Ryan Walker A Hood Time GoPro Hero Silver + BacPac LCD + BacPac Battery + Dakine Camera Bag
Josh Larkin Mt Hood Film Fest Hangin at Hood GoPro Hero Silver + BacPac LCD + BacPac Battery + Dakine Camera Bag
Davis Keeney Park Laps at Meadows GoPro Hero Silver + Dakine Camera Bag
Tommy Ellingson 2013 Film Festival GoPro Hero Silver + Dakine Camera Bag
Hans Falkenhayn A Fun Day is a Hood Day GoPro Hero Silver + Dakine Back Pack
Jacob Oberlander From Huck Til Dawn GoPro Hero Silver + Dakine Back Pack
Randa Shahin Good on Hood GoPro Hero Silver + Dakine Back Pack
Myles Cameron Gotta Be At Meadows GoPro Hero Silver + Dakine Back Pack
Eamon Colbert Big League Boys @Meadows GoPro Hero Silver + Dakine Back Pack

Powder Alert - Winter Storm Welcomes Spring

Matt Zaffino Powder Alert
March is STILL my favorite month for skiing. Yeah, I know it's been 60-degrees in the valleys and near 50-degrees on the mountain. Whatever. The days are long, the base is deep and we STILL keep getting fresh snow! We're about to, anyway.
 
That's the pre-amble, here's the... amble:
 
Snow levels in Oregon will drop dramatically tonight and be down around 4,000 feet Saturday morning on Mt. Hood, and around 5,000 feet for the rest of the state. By Saturday night, it should be snowing in Bend at 3,000 feet as the snow level continues to drop to about 2,000 feet on Mt. Hood by Sunday morning.
 
Snow will be flying Saturday at the resorts. We should see 2-4 inches new during the day Saturday on Mt. Hood, and I'm leaning more toward the four. Another 2-4 inches falls Saturday night into Sunday morning, so if the flakes fall right, we could be skiing 8 inches of fluff Sunday morning.
 
Sunday is my powder pick for the weekend, but Saturday will be good too. With all the warm weather lately, make sure you gear up for winter conditions in the mountains. Cold, snow, wind.
 
If you can ski Monday too, you'll be treated to some sunshine and calm winds, and mid-winter conditions. Except for the strong almost-spring sun. It's super important to remember sunscreen this time of year, now that the sun angle is higher, you can burn really fast and severely. Snow, especially new, freshly fallen highly coveted snow, reflects the suns burning rays onto your pasty-white winter face. Protect it. The sunshine continues into Tuesday.
 
Spring begins Wednesday at 4:02 am PDT. It should be dumping again by then. The snow level will rise ahead of the Wednesday storm to 5,000 or 6,000 feet, but by Wednesday afternoon it's back down to 3,000 feet. Major dumpage Wednesday night should lead to some brilliantly awesome first-full-day-of-spring skiing Thursday. Which is not to be confused with spring skiing. Because it'll definitely be mid-winter conditions. At this point, I'm thinking another 8 inches of fresh joyful powder in the Oregon Cascades Thursday.
 
After that, spring skiing conditions are likely to set in, at least for a while. Which simply means it's time to get corny. As in corn-snow bring it on. If you've read any of my ski-scribes, you know I'm more than capable of that.
 
In the meantime enjoy March Madness, mountain-style!
 
Happy Trails and Turns,
 
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.)

Meadows Celebrates Spring with Spring Pass, Events, Clinics and Entertainment

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) - Mt. Hood Meadows is preparing for an amazing Spring Skiing season with events, entertainment and fun ways to improve your riding.
                    
Spring Pass Deals!
Meadows offers the unlimited Spring Pass - daily access for the rest of the season - for just $139 or $99 for kids ages 7 - 14. Kids 6 & Under pricing for an unlimited season pass is $25.
                    
Meadows Adds Services for Oregon Spring Break March 23 - 31
  • Park & Ride shuttle service will run daily from Portland to the mountain, at reduced rates - $20 for round trip bus, or $71 for bus and lift ticket. The shuttles run weekends
  • The Nordic Center will be open from 9 AM - 4 PM Thursday - Monday through Sunday, April 7
  • Night operations will continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through March 24
  • Daily operations are scheduled through April 28!
(Scheduled operations can change with conditions, weather and turn out. Check SkiHood.com for any schedule changes.)
                    
Learn to Ski or Snowboard and Bring a Friend for Free!
Every ski resort has a learn to ski or snowboard package, which includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and lesson. Beginning March 18 and through the end of the season, Mt. Hood Meadows will also add in your best friend! The resort if offering this spring skiing opportunity for enthusiasts to couple up and get a great deal on their first time on the mountain.
The individual package sells for $75 and includes a lift day pass for the Buttercup beginner lift, which also includes the Ballroom Carpet - Mt. Hood's only enclosed over-the-snow conveyor. Also included is ski or snowboard equipment from the resort's equipment rental center, and a two-hour group lesson taught by a professional instructor.

The special "Add a Friend for Free" allows two people to take the beginner package together for just $75. No reservations are needed, simply come to the resort and register at the resort's equipment rental center. Participants must be 13 or older, and a parental consent form is required for those under age 18.

March 2013 Events at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort 

                    
March 16 - Freestyle Clinic
This clinic is designed for those who want to improve their skills in the park & pipe, breaking down the fundamentals of approach, takeoff, maneuver and landing so you can master each step before putting it all together. Available to advanced and expert skiers/riders ages 10 and up.
                    
March 16 - Après Ski Entertainment with Twisted Whistle
A Portland, Oregon local Folk, Bluegrass, Americana Band, Twisted Whistle exemplifies bluegrass in such a raw, rootsy way that it's not hard to get lost in the entire ensemble.
                    
March 17 - Steeps Clinic
Available to advanced and expert skiers and riders. These clinics are designed to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain. We will work on maintaining rhythm and flow through all terrain and conditions while exploring some of the best known and unknown runs at the resort.
                    
March 17 - 4th Annual Meadows Film Festival
The fourth annual Meadows Film Festival will showcase local talent - on the hill as well as behind the camera. Cash and prizes for the top finalists - presented by GoPro, Full Sail Brewing, Dakine and Keen Footwear.
                    
March 22 - Steeps Clinic
Available to advanced and expert skiers and riders. These clinics are designed to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain. We will work on maintaining rhythm and flow through all terrain and conditions while exploring some of the best known and unknown runs at the resort.
                    
March 23 - Telemark Clinic
For beginning through expert telemarkers. Improve your technique with one of our experienced, certified instructors.
                    
March 23 - Spring Brew Fest
Mt. Hood Meadows proudly presents the Spring Brew Fest. Last year, Full Sail Brewery, Double Mountain Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Kona, Redhook, Everybody's Brewing and Laurelwood helped us celebrate the spring season. Cool off with some beverages, while soaking up the sun on the deck!
                    
March 23 - Après Ski Entertainment with Cody Beebe & the Crooks
Bound by their collective roots in Central Washington and Washington State University, the band calls their music Roots Rock; some radio gurus have dubbed it Progressive Americana, and others have said "Steve Earle meets Pink Floyd."
                    
March 24 - Women's Clinic
For women and taught by our most certified and experienced female instructors. Work on your skiing/riding in a fun supportive environment. Participants will be grouped based on ability and the focus will be on improving your skills so you can ski/ride more confidently and in more conditions. Available to intermediate and above skiers and riders.
                    
March 24 - NW Demo Tour
Free demo from dozens of ski and snowboard manufacturers. 18 and older with a credit card and ID to demo (minors must also have parent or legal guardian present).
                    
March 25 - 27 3-Day Holiday Kids Camps / Freestyle Camps
Our 3-day camps are offered over Christmas Break and Spring Break, and provide kids with a great way to play on the snow! We provide alpine lessons for students ages 4 - 12, and snowboard lessons for students ages 7 - 12. Kids will be put in the same group with the same instructor for three consecutive days providing an excellent opportunity to make friends and bond with the instructor. You'll be amazed at the progress your child can make skiing or riding 3 straight days!
                    
March 30 - Nike "Snake and Hammers" Banked Slalom / Slopestyle Event
A unique snowboarding competition designed to test a snowboarder's all-around riding skills. The course combines the turns of traditional banked slalom with the features of a slopestyle event. A rider's overall goal is to snake down as fast as they can while dropping their best hammers. The better the hammers, the more time deducted off their run. The person with the fastest overall score wins.
This event is invitational event - Meadows and Nike Snowboarding will select the snowboarders who will compete.
                    
March 30 - Steeps Clinic
Available to advanced and expert skiers and riders. These clinics are designed to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain. We will work on maintaining rhythm and flow through all terrain and conditions while exploring some of the best known and unknown runs at the resort.
                    
March 30 - Après Ski Entertainment with Left Coast Country

A "northwest bluegrass band based in Portland, OR; who deliver both high-energy original compositions and an authentic take on traditional sounds stemming from Bill Monroe to Towns van Zandt.

April 2013 Events at Mt. Hood Meadows 

                    
April 1 - 3 3-Day Holiday Kids Camps / Freestyle Camps
Our 3-day camps are offered over Christmas Break and Spring Break, and provide kids with a great way to play on the snow! We provide alpine lessons for students ages 4 - 12, and snowboard lessons for students ages 7 - 12. Kids will be put in the same group with the same instructor for three consecutive days providing an excellent opportunity to make friends and bond with the instructor. You'll be amazed at the progress your child can make skiing or riding 3 straight days!
                    
April 6 - Freestyle Clinic
This clinic is designed for those who want to improve their skills in the park & pipe, breaking down the fundamentals of approach, takeoff, maneuver and landing so you can master each step before putting it all together. Available to advanced and expert skiers/riders ages 10 and up.
                    
April 6 - Seventh Annual Full Sail Banked Slalom
A banked slalom is a series of high banked curves - the faster a rider goes down the course, the bigger the course becomes because of the nature of the high walls of the banked turns.   
Both skiers and snowboarders can participate, filling a field of 120. Presented by Full Sail Brewing.
                    
April 7 - Women's Clinic
For women and taught by our most certified and experienced female instructors. Work on your skiing/riding in a fun supportive environment. Participants will be grouped based on ability and the focus will be on improving your skills so you can ski/ride more confidently and in more conditions. Available to intermediate and above skiers and riders.
                    
April 7 - Hood River Appreciation Day
Mt. Hood Meadows is holding the 3rd annual Hood River Appreciation Day. The Hood River Meadows (HRM) Lodge has a very strong local Hood River presence, and we want to acknowledge them and say thanks with music and raffles, and Hood River companies will provide food, beer and wine samples.
                    
April 13 - Second Annual Ski To Defeat ALS
Ski to Defeat ALS raises money for the ALS Association Oregon and Washington Chapter - one run at a time! Participants can do one run or fifty runs, people with ALS are encouraged to participate because of our awesome partnership with Oregon Adaptive Sports. This event is not one to miss! Ski to defeat ALS and help benefit the ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter.
                    
April 13 - Mountain Photo Workshop
Full day class with Grant Myrdal the workshop focuses on snow and mountain shooting to equip you with the tools to create spectacular photos in all conditions.
                    
April 14 - Steeps Clinic
Available to advanced and expert skiers and riders. These clinics are designed to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain. We will work on maintaining rhythm and flow through all terrain and conditions while exploring some of the best known and unknown runs at the resort.
                    
April 20 - Women's Clinic
For women and taught by our most certified and experienced female instructors. Work on your skiing/riding in a fun supportive environment. Participants will be grouped based on ability and the focus will be on improving your skills so you can ski/ride more confidently and in more conditions. Available to intermediate and above skiers and riders.
                    
April 20 - MazotFest Charity Race to benefit Avalanche Rescue Dogs
Come meet the rescue dogs at the Mazot! Race and watch others do the same! Mazot Fest will be taking place 10 AM to 3 PM. This is a fun, charitable race benefiting the Avalanche Rescue Program.
                    
April 27 - Steeps Clinic
Available to advanced and expert skiers and riders. These clinics are designed to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain. We will work on maintaining rhythm and flow through all terrain and conditions while exploring some of the best known and unknown runs at the resort.
                    
April 27 - Sno-Kona Pond Skim
The 7th annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim at Mt. Hood Meadows, presented by Kona Brewing and All About Hawaii! Snowboarders and skiers, launch themselves across 90 feet of frigid water, to win a free trip for two to Hawaii.