Meadows Blog

Meadows Offers a "Preview Weekend"

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.


  1. john

    November 20, 2013

    Hi was wondering if this "preview weekend would be free of price for season pass holders?"

    Meadows: Unlimited season passes will be honored! Midweek+ passes will be auto charged $29 at the gate (no need to stop by a ticket windows). Meadows Club Cards will use up the first free day (so you might consider just purchasing the $29 pass). And 10 Time passes can also be used (but it will use up one day). Thanks for the question!

  2. Joshua Brown

    November 20, 2013

    Is the $29.00 for all even including pass holders?

    Meadows: Great question! Check the answer above.

  3. Johnny b.

    November 20, 2013

    I'm trying to get up to meadows to ride this weekend and possibly thanksgiving weekend, I was wondering if there are any busses running from portland up to meadows?

    Meadows: Our Park & Ride schedule starts in December, so the best option for this weekend and next is car pooling. Check out - people are hooking up at this ride share site.

  4. David

    November 21, 2013

    how much does a 1 day pass cost from 3p.m. to 9p.m.

    Meadows: When night operations start it will be $30. But this preview weekend our lifts operate from 9 AM - 4 PM only.

  5. Antonio

    November 21, 2013

    Does the rental discount count towards a board and boots?

    Meadows: Yes. You can rent a snowboard and boots for $30 (adults) or $20 (age 14 and under) Saturday or Sunday as part of the Preview Weekend.

  6. Garrett

    November 22, 2013

    Is it snowing up there right now? Also will it ruin my board if the obstacles?

    Meadows: Hi Garrett. It's not snowing now we received about a foot over the weekend with a little bit on Monday. With early season conditions you will want to ride with care as the obstacles could be willows, grass, dirt or rock. We have good coverage on most of the trails we have open, but these obstacles can get exposed by skiers and snowboarders throughout the day. You should consider renting your equipment from us - just $30 for adults and $20 for ages 14 and under!

  7. Nicole

    November 22, 2013

    I seen that your having a deal for lessons 2-1 for older ages. Do you have any deals for children 4-6 years old for lessons? Thank you.

    Meadows: We'll have both Daycare and our Children's Learning Center open this Preview Weekend operating at regular rates.

  8. Ward

    November 22, 2013

    Will the mountain be open Monday (25th) or Tuesday (26th), or will everything be closed after the preview weekend?

    Meadows: At this time we are not planning on operating Monday or Tuesday, but we will be evaluating conditions throughout the weekend so if anything changes we'll post it here on the blog.

  9. Neal

    November 22, 2013

    What is the lift ticket price for 14 and under?

    Meadows: The lift price this preview weekend is $29 for ages 7 - 14; $10 for 6 and under. Or FREE if an adult purchases their $29 lift pass.

  10. Val

    November 22, 2013

    Will cross country skiing be allowed on Monday - Wed.?

    Meadows: We're evaluating Nordic - there's a possibility it could a limited trail could open Sunday and possibly Monday as well. Stay tuned!

  11. Hem Deodhar

    November 22, 2013

    Can pass pictures still be taken at the Portland office. Thanks

    Meadows: Pictures can be taken here next week (Monday - Wednesday) from 8:30 - 4:30, and on Friday, November 29 from 10 AM - 4 PM.

  12. Junior

    November 22, 2013

    How much just for snowboarding boots only?

    Meadows: Boots only are $30 to rent.

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