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Meadows Officially Open for the Season!

We have some wild weather coming in – a winter storm that has a potent precipitation punch and freezing levels bouncing up and down like a yoyo – eventually dropping to surface levels where they’ll stay for the week. The good news is both elements for some great snowpack building are there - precipitation and cold weather. Depending on when it gets cold enough we could have snow starting Sunday – or Sunday evening – or early Monday morning. Regardless we are going with our daily operating schedule - 9 AM - 4 PM for now - expanding terrain and lifts as we receive more snow. It’s awesome - the season has officially begun!

Sunday Operations

Timing is everything with storms at Meadows. This particular storm system may or may not affect our scheduled lifts operations which at this time is Cascade 9 AM – 3 PM, and Daisy and Buttercup from 9 AM – 4 PM along with the Ball Room Carpet. Cascade Express operations could be affected by high winds and low visibility. With the variable freezing level we could see all that happening at the same time – snowing up above and raining down below. We’ll definitely be riding out the storm right along with the many adventurous storm rider souls who live for riding these powerful systems. We invite you to come on up and join us!

We have all the great Holiday Weekend Specials going on including:
$39 Adult Lift Pass and $29 Pass for ages 7 - 14
$30 Adult Equipment Rentals and $20 for ages 7 - 14
Winter White Weekend Sale specials - with up to 70% off merchandise in our sport shops!
2-for-1 Learn to Ski or Snowboard special for ages 13 and older
And some great Culinary specials:
Apres Ski Menu (special Beer, wine and food pricing) will be available ALL DAY in the Alpenstube
Alpenstube Bar fabulous hot or cold specialty drinks prepared fresh for you by our master mixologists
  - Special pricing from $3.75 to $6.00 (reg. 7.25-9.25)
Lunch at the Alpenstube featuring our new Hot and Juicy Grilled Black Angus Burger…the very BEST Ski Burger on Mt. Hood! 1/3# fresh from the Northwest all-natural beef with no added hormones or antibiotics.
   - Hamburgers - $4.95 (reg, 6.50)
   - Cheeseburgers - $5.95 (reg. 7.25)
   - Bacon Cheeseburgers - $6.95 (reg. 9.25)
SCHUSS GRILL For Breakfast - Our Famous Meadow Muffin Breakfast Sandwich - $3.95 (reg. 5.95)

Meadows Parks will offer Shipyard and The Zoo.

Our Nordic Center will not operate Sunday - we’ll evaluate conditions for a possible Thursday opening.

As always - check our conditions page for the latest lift operational schedule and snow conditions.

Now, looking ahead this week:

Monday Operations

We expect to be full on snowing and blowing Monday morning – we just don’t know how much new snow we’ll have. So please stay tuned to updates on the website, snowphone and our Facebook, Twitter and other social media feeds. Llift operations will most likely be a Daisy, Buttercup and Ballroom Carpet day, although Cascade Express is still scheduled (weather permitting). We’re extending all of the great holiday specials, including lift pass pricing, rental pricing, the Culinary service specials, and the Winter White Sale in our sport shops. This is an awesome opportunity to purchase the best gear at the lowest prices - not to mention holiday shopping for your friends and family.

Tuesday Operations

Mountain Ops will be working hard throughout this storm cycle to open up more terrain and lifts as quickly as possible. We’ll have a much clearer picture once we get through Sunday’s wild weather so stay tuned for regular updates.

And by Wednesday...

We are shooting for normal operations by Wednesday. The 10 day is forecasting cold temps and more moisture moving in later in the week. That should set us up nicely for some awesome December turns and additional park features.  The Winter Brewfest is Saturday - we’re definitely looking forward to making a toast to the season at that event.

It’s great to see the weather lining up to bring us snow. And it’s also great to have a crew that’s committed to making the most of whatever the weather brings us. Most of all we’re Thankful this holiday for you our guests. We thank you for your patience, which we believe will be rewarded soon.

We'll leave you with this photo Natalie from mComm shot on the mountain today!
Mountain Rainbow @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

See you on the mountain!

Daily Operations Planned

A major storm is blowing in this weekend which has the potential to dump lots of snow. We're planning on operating daily from 9 AM - 4 PM beyond this holiday weekend. So yes, we plan on being open Monday, Tuesday, and every day the rest of the season. Now what will be open and what lifts can operate will be determined by the storm and snow conditions. We'll update operations on our conditions page.

thanks for all your prayers and snow dances. We'll see you on the mountain soon!

Thankful To Operate Friday - Sunday This Holiday Weekend

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Preview Weekend. We had so much fun we’re scheduling four lifts to operate from 9 AM - 4 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday this holiday weekend. Scheduled are Cascade Express, Daisy, Easy Rider and Buttercup, plus the Ballroom Carpet for beginner and kids lessons. [Check out our Flickr page for Preview Weekend Photos]

Buy Online at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

$29 Day Lift Pass Online Special!

Purchase online and use Friday, Saturday or Sunday this holiday weekend. Must purchase by midnight Thursday, 11.28.13 - and the lift pass must be used by 12.1.13. See you on the mountain this holiday weekend!

We are so thankful for the efforts of our talented and dedicated team, that made the Preview Weekend possible. Just watch the video to see how spectacular the weekend was - especially up on Cascade.

Lift passes will be $39 for adults, $19 for juniors 7 - 14 and $10 for 6 and under. We’ll also rent ski and snowboard equipment for $30 for adults and $20 for juniors 14 and under.

Our ski and snowboard school will be fully operational - offering group and private lessons as well as daily Kidski and Kidsride lessons. Friendship will be celebrated - we’re offering the 2-for-1 learn to ski or snowboard with a friend for free special for ages 13 and older.  

The whole holiday weekend will be special at Meadows. Our sport shops will kick off the Winter White Sale - with savings of 50 to 70% off last year’s outerwear, 70% off last year’s demos and 50% off last year’s new ski and snowboard equipment.

Getting up to the mountain following your holiday meal is a great way to get exercise - come on up and carve some turns after you’ve carved up the turkey. And as great as left overs are, plan on joining us - our culinary services team is preparing some great specials.

For Breakfast: Our Famous Meadow Muffin Breakfast Sandwich - $3.95 (reg. 5.95)
 
For Lunch: Come and try our new Hot and Juicy Grilled Black Angus Burger…the very BEST Ski Burger on Mt. Hood!...cooked on our brand new high capacity grill. It is 1/3# fresh from the Northwest all-natural beef with no added hormones or antibiotics.
  • Hamburgers - $4.95 (reg, 6.50)
  • Cheeseburgers - $5.95 (reg. 7.25)
  • Bacon Cheeseburgers - $6.95 (reg. 9.25)
 
ALPENSTUBE RESTAURANT AND BAR (and the ALPENSTUBE ON THE DECK weather permitting)
Come and try one of our new for 2013-14 fabulous hot or cold specialty drinks prepared fresh for you by our master mixologists. Special pricing from $3.75 to $6.00 (reg. 7.25-9.25)
 
Also, our Apres Ski Menu (special Beer, wine and food pricing) will be available ALL DAY for all three days. 

We’ll be pumping up the vibe in Shipyard - which will be embellished from the three lines offered Preview Weekend. The "Party in the Park" will be presented Friday from Noon - 3 PM. Music, swag, pro appearances and a lot of fun in this open jam. Check out this video of Shipyard by Pierce Hodges.

We invite you to join us this holiday weekend. We’re thankful for everything we have to offer, and most of all for the opportunity to share this wonderful mountain with you!

Good Coverage - Max Fun on Preview Weekend!

Spectacular weather greeted guests Saturday - day one of Meadows' "Preview Weekend". The good news that Cascade Express was added to the lift schedule - and sunshine would soften the upper level snow excited those turning out for their first turns of the season.

They weren't disappointed. Cascade offered up some excellent groomed runs - although the terrain is limited. We caution that it is early season and you need to watch for unmarked obstacles, but for a pre-Thanksgiving preview the groom is pretty darn good.

Shipyard was also set with three lines: 1) Flat box, flat-down box, flat box. 2) Flat rail, picnic table. 3) Down rail, elbowed corrugated pipe. All lines lead into the Ball-Cano.
Cascade Express hight and Shipyard low on preview weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Steve Warila Photo

Those who took a break from freestyling or taking turns on Cascade enjoyed the Alpenstube on the Deck, basking in the November sun. Meadows also opened up the relocated Higher Grounds featuring espresso drinks, smoothies and eventually waffles, all served inside pass holder services (isn't that convenient)!
Higher Grounds newly relocated in Pass Holder services at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

Sunday should be identical to Saturday - the weather forecast is unchanging and we'll get the groomers out for some great riding on Sunday! We're not scheduled to operate Monday - Wednesday, and we'll evaluate the weather and conditions to determine our Thanksgiving holiday schedule. See you Sunday!

Nordic Center Operates Sunday and Monday

The Nordic Center will open with 1 KM of trail (out to Sahalie Falls and back) Sunday and Monday, from 9 AM - 4 PM each day. There will be set track and skating. $10 track fee, Nordic pass holders are free! We'll have lessons and rentals available. The HRM lot will be open for Nordic parking only.

Cascade Express Scheduled for Preview Weekend

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort will run the Cascade Express high speed quad on its Preview Weekend Saturday and Sunday, scheduled from 9 AM - 3 PM. The Daisy lift, Buttercup and the Ball Room Carpet are also scheduled to operate from 9 - 4 each day. Resort officials expect two runs off of Cascade - the popular Boulevard and Gulch runs - will be open, but caution that the runs are narrow, with a thin snowpack. It is not the same wide open experience Cascade is known for, but it will add more advanced terrain. Cascade takes riders up to the 7,300 foot level, for awesome views and longer runs than the lower lifts.

The Preview Weekend lift price remains at $29 for adults, which includes up to four 14 and under lift passes for free!

Unlimited season pass holders can use their passes - pass holder services will be open by 8 AM for picture taking and issuing new passes. Midweek+ pass holders can go direct to lift this weekend and be auto-charged the $29. 10 Time Pass holders can use their passes, but it will take one of the days. And Meadows Club Card holders can use their pass but it will use up their first free day (so you might want to purchase the $29 lift pass).

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.

Making Use of Lots of Snow

Meadows has received a foot of snow since Friday afternoon - with a forecast indicating it could continue into Sunday. While this isn’t enough for us to open (yet) - we do see good things in the forecast. So much so that we are harvesting the snow from the parking lot to put to use on the slopes.

Meadows rents a Marooka snow cat snow dump truck to transport parking lot snow to the base area

For this purpose, Meadows rented a high capacity snow hauler - a snowcat with a dump truck box bed. We rented it last season as well to load snow from the parking lot. The snow is transported to base area lifts to build the load ramps. It is especially important at the Mt. Hood Express to build out the load area to accommodate our RFID gate mazes. We also use the snow to build features in Shipyard so we can get a Freestyle park open early in the season. 

We have a very creative and industrious grooming and vehicle maintenance crew, which teamed up to build a trailer version of the snow hauler The trailer is retrofitted from an old snow cat. The box bed is built on the chassis and the cat tracks provide the over the snow ability to transport the snow. While it takes more expertise to haul the trailer, it carries more snow per load.

Our crews are working hard to make the most of this snowfall, in anticipation of an opening soon, hopefully by Thanksgiving. Mother Nature needs to cooperate, but we’re doing everything we can to make the most of what she gives us.

Two new Piston Bully Snowcats arrive at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort 

We also received two new Piston Bully 400 snow cats. We’ll use these for general slope grooming, replacing older models as part of our plan to keep our grooming fleet state-of-the-art, and one of the most advanced in the Northwest.

Photos by Steve Warila

Portland Ski Fever & Snowboard Show November 15-17

Meadows will be at the Portland Ski Fever and Snowboard Show November 15-17 at the Expo Center in a big way. We’ve expanded the space to accommodate our guests who will be able to get information on every aspect of recreating at Meadows this season.

BUDDY UP for Early Season Pass Pricing

We understand that many guests thought the deadline for season passes was the ski show (as it has been in past years), and are now concerned about missing that deadline. So we pulled a page out of our pass play book and are offering a “Buddy Up” special at the ski show. Bring a friend (or several friends) to the ski show, and you can get the early season price on your season pass when purchased together. So when two or more passes are purchased together at the show, you’ll get the early season price.
We’ll have our pass cameras to take pictures and issue passes right at the ski show. You can get discount coupons for the ski show at this link.

RIGLET TOUR STOP

It’s the biggest tour stop for the Burton Riglet Tour - we’re building an awesome deck with ramps to introduce ages 3 to 6 to Snowboarding. Using the Burton Riglet system, our phenomenal coaching staff will give the young ones their first lesson, and actually give them the feel and sensation of riding. It’s a great way to get ready for the season. We’ll have T-Shirts for the first 100 kids each day, along with tattoos and stickers!

SNOW SPORTS SERVICES

Meadows operates the largest ski and snowboard school in the Northwest. And all of our learning program products, packages and services will be on display at the ski show. Talk to our trusted advisors about what learning program will be ideal for you, or for your family. You’ll be able to sign up for upcoming sessions - Adult Clinics, Kids Holiday Camps, Weekend Youth and Adult Midweek sessions starting in January, or even daily kids and adult ski school lessons. Our professionally certified instructors are passionate about the sport and sharing it with you. Get stoked and stop by Snow Sports Services at the ski show.

MEADOWS RETAIL

Everyone knows the best deals of the season can be found at the ski show. Our sports shops are no exception - with last year’s new and demo skis and snowboards discounted up to 70% off the regular retail price. There are also great deals on outerwear and accessories to keep you warm and comfortable on the slopes, without breaking the bank.

HOOD RIVER DESTINATION PROPERTIES

Meadows has teamed up with Hood River and 14 lodging properties to offer guests greatly discounted lift passes. One day passes are $49 when staying at these properties - and there’s also a special 3-day pass for just $99! Junior lift passes are $30 a day. Hood River complements a Meadows getaway, whether for a weekend or the entire week. The 3-day pass can be used 3 of 5 days, to give you flexibility to explore the Gorge and enjoy the many dining, entertainment and retail experiences Hood River offers. These lodges also offer the 3 Time Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package for just $99 - so you can take a mini-vacation and learn to ski or snowboard.

MEADOWS GROUPS AND EVENT CATERING

Mt. Hood Meadows has become a featured event site for corporate meetings, team building sessions, recognition and rewards or client appreciation events. Find out how you can easily organize a group outing to Meadows, and let our group specialists take care of all the arrangements. Whether you’re just looking for a good deal on lift passes and rentals for a group of 15 or more, or want to put together a catered event, with private instruction, guided tours and a recognition program, we can put it together for you. And if you’re thinking about an awesome location for a wedding, we can make those arrangements, too.

MEADOWS TRANSPORTATION

Let’s face it, with an average of 100+ buses arriving at Meadows each week, we’re in the transportation business! Our weekend and midweek transportation programs will be featured at the ski show, as will our partnerships with shuttle services.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Portland Ski Fever and Snowboard Show, November 15-17 at the Expo Center!