Meadows Blog

Spectacular End to a Great Season!

The weather is shaping up nicely for a spectacular end to our regularly scheduled season! Meadows daily operations ends this Sunday -with lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 4 PM and a special $59 lift day pass price offered. We're continuing to offer our 2-for-1 Learn to Ski or Snowboard special for adults; and our 2-for-1 Kidski and KidsRide package this weekend (Saturday and Sunday April 27 and 28).

7th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim Saturday!

With an awesome forecast for sunshine the spring skiing will be sensational this week - so plan on getting your final turns in. The 7th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim is this Saturday. Registration is filling up but is still available online (for ages 21 and older). There's a great prize package thanks to sponsors Kona Brewing and All About Hawaii, topped by a trip for two to Hawaii! The real winners of the event are our spectators, who get to see some of the most outrageous costumes, antics, dashes and splashes. This year's competition will be judged so a second successful skim is not necessary, which should encourage participants to go all out in their second run to impress and entertain the crowd. Here's some videos of last year's event to get you going!

Encore Weekend Offered May 4 and 5

We'll be offering one last weekend - reopening Saturday and Sunday May 4 and 5 with lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 2 PM each day. We'll have a special $49 lift pass with a reduced lift operational schedule. Get details here.

8 Comments

  1. k2skier

    May 2, 2013

    If the wind keeps Cascade from running this weekend; will any other chairs be added?

    Meadows: Most likely not. Weather is such that Cascade can't operate tends to also limit the number of people coming up for the day.

  2. Tim Green

    May 5, 2013

    Thanks for a Great Season Meadows! The wind was a disappointment today. But that wont spoil memories of a spectacular season. I look forward to seeing you next fall!

    Meadows: Thanks! Have a great summer and we'll see you when the snow starts falling!

  3. Harrison

    May 6, 2013

    What maintenance are you planning to do over the Summer months this year with your lifts? Are you thinking of adding more chairs to Mount Hood Express or anything like that? Hope you're doing well.

    Meadows: Thanks Harrison. We'll be performing our routine seasonal maintenance on all of our lifts this summer, to prepare them for another winter of transporting guests next season. No new lifts, or chairs to existing lifts are planned to be added. Have a great summer!

  4. Larry

    May 6, 2013

    I concur with Tim above. We were all ready to come either day, but couldn't justify burning the hydrocarbons when even MHE was running slow. I was up the week before and had a phenomenal spring skiing day. I hope this freak weather event doesn't discourage you from trying again next year should the snow stay good into May. Thanks for trying, and thanks for a great season!

    Meadows: Thanks Larry. May operations is high risk - particularly when limited to only a few days, kind of like putting all your eggs in one basket. So we're working now on expanding our May season for next year, both in operational dates and spring snow experiences. We are currently setting forth an operational plan for five additional weekends beyond the end of our April end of the winter season. In addition to lift operations serving downhill skiers and snowboarders, we intend to add cross country, snow shoeing, randonee and possibly even tubing. By diversifying our on-snow experience, we can attract more visitors. And by planning (and advance selling through passes and sponsorships) five weekends, we spread out the likelihood of bad weather (rain, high winds, etc) wiping out a weekend. We're excited about this opportunity, and you'll be hearing more about it after we complete our plans.

  5. R

    May 6, 2013

    Dear Meadows Crew,
    Thank ALL of you for yet another fine season on Mt. Hood on (in!) the snow.
    There were many memorable days.
    I’d particularly like to thank the lift maintenance, lift operations, and ski patrol teams for their work getting us safely to the snow.
    Also, thanks to the mountain conditions reporters for up-to-date, tell-it-like is, (humorous!) statements. We appreciate your frankness when you have to say (rain) or (it’s blowing 80 mph).
    Thanks again.
    Until next season,
    Best,
    R

    Meadows: Thanks for the post. Our team appreciates the comments and is stoked about picking up where we left off next season!

  6. Harrison

    May 9, 2013

    Dear Mount Hood Meadows,

    Is there a reason why you can't have summer operations, like scenic rides to the top of the world (or known as Cascade Express) and people can hike down. What about just opening the food services up and you can get lots of customers that way. Lots of resorts have summer operations, like Mount Hood Skibowl, Timberline Lodge, Mount Bachelor, and Stevens Pass Ski Area. Is it because of your permit? How does Mount Skibowl, Timberline Lodge, and Mount Bachelor able to open in the summer and you can't? Why is this? Hope you're doing well.

    Meadows: Thanks Harrison - it's a great question and very timely! The primary reason is because Mt. Hood Meadows permit is based on our winter operational plan. That plan allows for "winter activities" to occur in the summer time frame, like if we were to extend our season for downhill skiing and snowboarding. But it wouldn't allow us to offer new activities not addressed in our operational permit (like scenic chairlift rides, mountain biking, or even organized hiking). We are currently formulating a summer use plan to present for USFS review and approval. Keep in mind that this can be a rather lengthy process, particularly if an activity has environmental consideration that require NEPA review.

    The other resorts you mention already have a summer operations plan, and in some cases, offer these summer activities on private land, meaning they don't have the same stringent NEPA review required on public lands.

    As always, we appreciate your question and suggestions. Have a great summer!

  7. Andrew

    May 12, 2013

    Have you ever thought about adding a mid-unloading station to the Heather lift on the flat just above the loading area for Shooting Star? It sure would be nice to get off sooner on those days when Heather is only open down low. Thoughts?

    Meadows: Thanks for the suggestion Andrew. We haven't crunched these numbers specifically, but at first glance the cost of engineering an unloading station would be prohibitive, considering the benefit is saving just a few minutes of ride time. We would also hear from others who believe the Canyon gets skied out too quickly already.

  8. Harrison

    May 16, 2013

    Regarding your Summer plan. Let us know where we can participate and support your proposal. Have you considered opening the restaurant for weekend lunches, dinners, or private weddings, etc.? Hope you're doing well.

    Meadows: Thanks Harrison. We'll definitely share these plans and ask for support from our loyal guests when it is time. We have done all of the above on a limited basis (including weddings) but these are addressed as group activities (which our permit allows on a limited basis). We'd like to gain approval to offer these kinds of activities on a regular basis in our summer operating plan.
    Have a great summer!

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