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Winter Kick Off This Weekend At Meadows Sport Shops

Greatest selection and variety of new skis, snowboards, boots, accessories and winter apparel.
Manufacturers reps from dozens of ski and snowboard companies will attend
Largest selection and greatest variety of 2014 equipment available

Meadows Sports Kicks Off the Season with this two-day celebration
The Outer Limits and High Performance Center will kick off the season with a two-day celebration at Mt. Hood Meadows Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd. The shops will have the Manufacturer’s representatives from Anon, Atomic, Blackstrap, Blizzard, Bonfire, Burton, Celtek, Dragon, Dynastar, Electric, Fischer, GNU, Hestra, K2 Skis, K2 Snowboards, Kjus, Lange, Lib Tech, Marmot, Neff, Never Summer, Nike, Nikita, One Ball Jay, Poc, Pow Gloves, Rossignol, Roxy, Salomon Skis, Salomon Snowboards, Skullcandy, Smith, Stance, Tecnica, and Volkl will be available in the shops each day to meet, greet, interact and educate guests who are interested in new gear and apparel.

The kick off will offer up the best insight and knowledge on 2014 equipment for those looking not only for the best deals but the best advice on the equipment that will fit their skiing and riding styles.

HPC techs and MasterFit-certified boot fitters will be available from 9 AM - 4 PM both days to assess your existing equipment and recommend ways to get the most from your skis, board and boots this coming winter. Meadows pass holders will receive 20% off regular retail pricing with added discounts on select equipment and apparel. Guests can also get their season pass pictures taken and passes issued, get one-on-one assistance from retail sales staff, techs and boot fitters, and shop the huge inventory of 2014 gear!

Winter Weather Conference Forecasts a Good Winter

The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society presented it’s 21st Annual Winter Weather forecasting conference at OMSI. The takeaway for the season - it’s a neutral year with a slight leaning towards La Nina - which should bring average to above average snowfall to the Cascades. Meteorologist Jim Little’s forecast will delight skiers and snowboarders - with above average snow fall predicted and opening before Thanksgiving. Hydrologist / Meteorologist Kyle Dittmer - sees a decent winter of snow with a great ending - lots of snow activity in March and April! 

Watch the movie for details - and then join in the Snow Dance at the end of the video. #SnowGetDown

Keep an eye on the Oregon AMS web site for the detailed presentations.

The Prinoth BR 350 Has Arrived

Mt. Hood Meadows already has the most advanced grooming fleet on Mt. Hood. Tuesday, the first of three new snowcats for this season arrived - the Prinoth BR 350. It's an elegant machine - but don't let looks fool you. It loves steep mountain slopes, and massive volumes of snow, particular challenges. 

The new Prinoth BR 350 Snow Cat arrives at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski ResortThe powerful Prinoth BR 350 at Mt. Hood Meadows

The BR 350 is a nimble power pack for perfect grooming, even under extreme situations. Powerful, reliable, hardworking. Just like our grooming crew!

It's a real climbing freak. The BR350s unique snow surface conforming suspension gives this class leader extraordinary climbing performance, even in extremely difficult snow and terrain conditions. The POSIFLEX tiller gives perfect results - no matter the snow conditions.

The business end of our new Prinoth BR 350A look into the Cab of the Prinoth 350 snowcat at Mt. Hood Meadows

It's the number 1 groomer in North America for the past 7 years! And we're proud to have it in our fleet!

October Snow

The snow from Monday and Tuesday grew to half-a-foot in the base area. It most likely will be gone by the weekend, but even so the fresh taste tends to bring out the most passionate enthusiasts who want to hike for some turns. That's OK, but please keep this in mind: We are in the transition period from summer/fall maintenance and projects to active ski season preparations and set up.

Up until the time we begin active set-up for winter operations i.e. track-packing/grooming, ramp building, chair seat installation, avalanche mitigation efforts, running rope/closures, tower-pads, etc. we will not enforce our no up-hill travel policy that is in place throughout the winter.

  • There is currently no patrol or other assistance available.
  • There is no hazard marking (low snow conditions create unexpected and barely visible hazards).
  • Visitors are on their own and we strongly encourage that they go elsewhere.
  • Once we start set-up we will no longer allow up-hill travel.
  • As always sledding is not allowed (there are many other areas on Mt. Hood that accommodate that activity).

If you do come up our Sports Shops are open from 10 AM - 4 PM Wednesdays - Sundays, and you can get your season pass picture issued (or purchase a pass as well). Those who have their 2013/14 pass (or have renewed last year's pass) will receive 20% off all the new product in our sports shops!

Deep Snow Skis will be needed for this Ski Season at Mt. Hood Meadows 

Check out our Deep Snow ski selection - according to George Taylor's season forecast - you're going to need them!