Mt. Hood Meadows will offer a preview weekend - with limited operations from 9 AM - 4 PM this Saturday and Sunday. Resort officials say three lifts - Cascade Express (9 AM - 3 PM), Daisy and Buttercup are scheduled, along with the “Fun Zone” serviced by the Ball Room Carpet over the snow conveyer for adult and children’s lessons.
The resort reports a 19 inch base and early season conditions apply to the limited terrain that is open, so skiers and snowboarders should be aware of unmarked obstacles. Meadows received a foot of new snow over the weekend, which has been cat packed on the lower mountain. The snowpack is supplemented by the new high capacity trailer which has been hauling parking lot snow to the lifts to build ramps.
The resort is offering “Preview Weekend” pricing of just $29 for adult (15 and older) lift passes. Ages 14 and under are free with adult lift pass purchase. Equipment rentals are also discounted - just $30 for adults and $20 for juniors. The equipment rental center is a good choice for early season conditions.
The Shipyard rail park will be open with several rail features for free styling.
The ski and snowboard school will be fully operational, offering group and private lessons for adults and kids, including the resort’s state certified Day Care Center. The special “2-for-1” learn to ski or snowboard with a friend package will be offered on preview weekend. Two adults (ages 13 and older) can receive the learn-to-ski or snowboard beginner package for the price of one - just $75 total! The package includes a Fun Zone and Buttercup lift pass, two hour lesson and equipment rentals.
Culinary services will be serving up breakfast and lunch at the Schuss Grill with lunch and après ski in the Alpenstube, and Alpenstube On The Deck. The newly expanded Higher Grounds coffee cafe will serve up fresh ground coffee and smoothies this preview weekend.
Outer Limits Sports and the High Performance Center will be open for outer wear, hard goods and last minute accessory (gloves and goggles) purchases. The HPC will be boot fitting, tuning and waxing equipment - it’s a great time to drop off your gear and get it tuned up for the season as well as take advantage of the Master Fit certified boot fitters to get your boots dialed for an excellent day on the hill.
The shops will also offer some pre-Black Friday deals with discounts up to 70% off on select last season outerwear and hard goods, as well as up to 20% off on select fresh out of the box 2013/2014 gear. Shop now as this is the best selection and best pricing that you will find anywhere on the newest ski gear available! Free mounting is offered on any ski/binding purchase.
Pass holder services will be open by 8 AM each morning for those needing to have their new passes issued.
Meadows will offer the preview weekend, and then evaluate conditions for the Thanksgiving holiday. At this time the resort is not planning operations for Monday - Wednesday of next week. The weather and the efforts of the talented mountain crew will determine the holiday operational schedule, which will be determined and announced closer to Thanksgiving.
Effective immediately, uphill traffic will be allowed only on designated climbing routes - no uphill traffic within the permit area as Meadows crews and equipment are on the mountain preparing for opening.