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January is Learn a Snow Sports Month

January has been proclaimed Learn A Snow Sport Month and Mt. Hood Meadows is offering many affordable packages for new adventurers trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time. The offer is part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a national effort organized by the snow sports industry to get family and friends outside in the winter.

Meadows has the largest ski school in Oregon, with certified professionals and a vast amount of experience in introducing New Adventurers to skiing and snowboarding. The resort’s “Buttercup” beginner chairlift services the gradual terrain where first time lessons are conducted. Meadows also has Mt. Hood’s only enclosed over the conveyer called “The Ballroom Carpet” which gives new adventurers a fun uphill experience. Most ski areas rely on the traditional “rope tow” which tend to wear out beginners being pulled up the hill.

LASSM Mt. Hood Meadows

"Snow sports are fun and easier to learn than many people think," said Dave Tragethon, Meadows Executive Director of Communications. "You can burn a lot of calories, meet some terrific people and have an experience that can be shared among friends and family.”

3 Time Passport - $139 (age 13 and older)

Includes three days – lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. First two days include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, third day is an all mountain lift. Any three days, no reservations required.

3 Time Night Passport - $99 (age 13 and older)

Includes three evenings – 3 – 9 PM lift tickets, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. First two evenings include Buttercup beginner lift ticket, third evening is an all night operating lift. Any three nights (Wednesday – Sunday evenings), no reservations required.

One Day Beginner Package - $75 at the ski resort (age 13 and older)

Includes a Buttercup beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals. Purchase these lessons online in advance for $65. Adult Lessons

A second two hour lesson can be added for just $20 more.

Night Beginner Package - $50 (age 13 and older, offered Wednesday – Sunday Evenings)

Includes a Buttercup 3 – 9 PM beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals.

Twilight Kids Club $80 age 7 – 12 / $90 age 4 - 6

Twilight Kids Club is offered Saturdays and Sundays. Parents receive 1 free adult 3pm – close lift ticket for each child enrolled in Twilight Club. Kids are supervised from 3 PM – 7 PM with a two hour on snow lesson offered in between. Dinner is included for the kids. Equipment rentals are just $15 for kids in the Club.

Youth Daily Lessons Age 4 to 14

Mt. Hood Meadows offers kids lessons every day - presented in 2 hour (half day) or 4 hour (full day) formats. Kids are grouped together by age and ability and coached by our best PSIA Certified Instructors.


January 2013 marks the fifth year for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). Ski and snowboard areas throughout the U.S. offer special programs for children and adults who want to learn a snow sport. Programs vary in make-up and cost. Some are free and most are discounted during January. A typical learning package consists of a lift ticket, equipment rentals and lessons from a professional instructor generally at a reduced cost and, in some cases, free. Retailers also may offer opportunities for newcomers to learn basic information needed for a quality on-snow experience such as how to dress for outdoor winter activity and what equipment is appropriate for someone starting out.

The Web site helps newcomers locate venues in their local communities or elsewhere where learning programs take place. The site also includes information and links intended to help newcomers learn more about the world of snow sports. A new program called Bring a Friend encourages current skiers and snowboarders to bring friends or family members to a local venue and help them sign up for lessons from professional instructors. The national Bring a Friend Challenge offers incentives, including product prizes and trips, for both current participants and newcomers. Details are available at Trips will be awarded at the end of the Challenge and are for the 2013-14 season. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Bring a Friend are supporters of the Let’s Move initiative and the President’s Challenge, two programs designed to encourage activity and good nutritional practices – particularly among our youth.


Vista Express Opened for Holiday

Vista Express and Park
Mt. Hood Meadows opened it's 4th high speed quad Tuesday - an early Christmas gift for those seeking the expansive terrain and awe inspiring views offered up by the Vista Express. Meadows is scheduling four high speed quads daily through the holidays. The resort has a two foot snow pack in the base area, and 35 inches at mid mountain.

Along with the Vista Express, Meadows Parks crew opened the Vista Park, featuring two jumps and two rails, that flows into the Fireweed Park. Check MeadowsParks Facebook page for more info. Check out the Pierce Hodges video shot on Christmas Day!

A Very Vista Christmas from Pierce Hodges on Vimeo.

Mt. Hood Meadows holiday hours are 9 AM - 9 PM every day from Christmas through January 5th, with extended hours until midnight on New Year's Eve. Check out all the holiday schedule and events here.

Mt. Hood Meadows Celebrates the Holidays Open Daily!

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is ready to celebrate during the holidays with special events, adult clinics, kids camps and a fantastic New Year’s Eve party! Lifts are scheduled to operate daily beginning at 9 AM, including Christmas and New Year’s Days and there will be extended night operations through 9 PM (except December 23 and 24 when lifts closed at 4 PM). The celebration culminates with a New Year’s Eve spectacular, exquisite dinner, fireworks and a party with “Keegan Smith and the Fam” performing live at Vertical! Lifts operate iuntil midnight New Year's Eve!

MEADOWS AFTER DARK will be going off with lifts operating until 9 PM every evening through January 5 except for December 23 and 24 (when lifts close at 4 PM) and New Year’s Eve when lifts run until midnight.

TWILIGHT KIDS CLUB is regularly offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. During the holiday the club will be offered each evening from December 26 through January 6. This provides 4 to 12 year olds supervision from 3 – 7 PM, with a 2 hour lesson in between plus dinner and a lift ticket. The price is just $70 for ages 7 – 12, $80 for ages 4 - 6 – (add equipment rentals for just $15) and Mom or Dad gets a 3 – 9 PM Meadows After Dark ticket for free!

PARK & RIDE SHUTTLE FROM PORTLAND RUNS DAILY December 21 – January 5, except Christmas Day (12/25). The shuttle picks up at three convenient metro-area locations. Bus seats must be purchased in advance here.

NORDIC CENTER OPEN DAILY 9 AM – 4 PM through January 6.

Video of the 2012 New Year's Eve Fireworks!


Dec. 21: Meadows After Dark ReRack Rail Jam Series
3 – 8 PM in Shipyard – Free registration with divisions for lower and upper level skiers and snowboarders. Helmet required (and parental release if under 18.) Awesome prizes from sponsors ReRack, Blackstrap, Yakima, Outer Limits Sports and the High Performance Center

Dec. 21: Steeps Clinic
For advanced and expert skiers and riders to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain taught by our most certified and strongest pros.

Dec. 21-23: 3 Day Holiday Kids Camp
Designed for youth from ages 6 - 12, we team up the kids with others their same age and ability with four hours of on the snow instruction from a certified pro each day. Supervision is provided all day and lunch is included. Make reservations @ 503.337.2222 x1419.

Dec. 21-23: 3 Day Freestyle Camp
For those wanting to learn freestyle technique of intermediate or more advanced ability. Make reservations @ 503.337.2222 x1419.

Dec. 22: Telemark Clinics
For beginning through expert telemarkers. Improve your technique with one of our experienced, certified instructors. Participants will be grouped together based on ability level and desired outcomes

Dec. 22, 24&25: Santa visits Meadows
He'll be surprising kids taking lessons, and will be "ho ho hoing" through-out the lodge. Santa loves the snow - that's why he's coming to Meadows!

Dec 27: Ski with Sammy C
Professional Freestyle skier Sammy Carlson will be at Meadows Friday. Meet him at 10 AM on the South Lodge deck then head up for a couple runs with this five time Winter X Games medalist.

Dec. 28: Women’s Clinics
For women and taught by our most certified and experienced female instructors. Work on your skiing/riding in a fun supportive environment. Participants will be grouped based on ability and the focus will be on improving your skills so you can ski/ride more confidently and in more conditions.

Dec. 29: Steeps Clinic
For advanced and expert skiers and riders to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain taught by our most certified and strongest pros.

New Year's Eve at Mt. Hood Meadows is nothing short of magical, and it's the perfect place to welcome 2014! Enjoy fireworks, a spectacular dinner buffet and party, and skiing or snowboarding until midnight. Those that are over 21 can celebrate the New Year with us at the party with favors, a balloon drop, photo booth, a midnight champagne toast and music by Keegan Smith & The Fam. The theme is futuristic, and there will be a futuristic-themed costume contest! Revellers can also ride special New Year's Eve buses to the mountain, departing from Clackamas. Purchase tickets online!

Jan 2-4: 3 Day Holiday Kids Camp
Designed for youth from ages 6 - 12, we team up the kids with others their same age and ability with four hours of on the snow instruction from a certified pro each day. Supervision is provided all day and lunch is included. Make reservations @ 503.337.2222 x1419.

Jan 2-4: 3 Day Freestyle Camp
For those wanting to learn freestyle technique of intermediate or more advanced ability. Make reservations @ 503.337.2222 x1419.

Meadows Has 63" Base at Top of Star Snow Stake

No wonder the snow conditions are so much better at Mt. Hood Meadows - especially on the upper mountain. The snowpack measured at the top of Shooting Star - about 6560' elevation - is 63". That's right - more than five feet of snow at the top of Star, which by the way, is the same elevation as the top of Mt. Hood Express.

Shooting Star snow stake at the 6560 foot level at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort 

This is a reporting station that our patrol has been monitoring on a regular basis. Today we planted an actual snow stake there so we can report mid mountain snow depth. You'll see that now on our conditions page and our daily snow pack reports.

Full disclosure - this is in a location that can collect snow drift, but it is representative of where we ski. There can be wind swept areas with much less snow. It is still early season conditions, and you may find grass poking through on the lower part of Star Ridge, Apollo and Mercury, so as always be aware of unmarked obstacles. We just wanted to show that higher up on the mountain the snow pack and the conditions are much different than what is being officially reported at our telemetry at the bottom of Mt. Hood Express.

So while others are focused on the base area depth of 24" - our guests are enjoying the conditions on terrain served by Mt. Hood Express, Shooting Star and Cascade Express. Pretty awesome, huh?

Here's a great video from a guest "SnoringZoe" that he submitted through our video channel. If you haven't made it up you'll see what you've been missing!

Big Night For Teddy Bears, the Winterhawks and their Fans

It was the annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Portland Winterhawks game last night. Fans brought toy teddies to throw onto the ice for charity when the Hawks score their first goal. But the Hawks went scoreless in the first period, trailing the Seattle Thunderbirds 2-0. Then just under 5 minutes into the second period Keoni Texeira put the puck in the net, and it started raining Teddy Bears!

For 20 minutes stuffed animals showered onto the ice. During the collection process, a skier from Mt. Hood Meadows skated on to the ice and delivered a message to Tomahawk - everyone at the sold out game can get a $39 adult lift pass at Mt. Hood Meadows through Friday, December 20! AND they can bring up to four kids age 14 and under for FREE!

The Hawks went on to win the game 5 - 3 (game recap here). Fans tossed 11,862 stuffed animals which will be donated to local charities serving underprivileged homes.

Night Operations Begin Friday

OK. Here's the announcement all our night pass holders have been waiting for. IT'S ON! We're launching our night operations this Friday - with our lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 9 PM, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then next week we plan on going to our normal lift operational schedule:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Wednesdays - Sundays 9 AM - 9 PM

Check out our Meadows After Dark page.

Of course, this schedule can change with weather and snow conditions, so always check our snow report. We still have early season snow conditions, and you'll need to watch for unmarked obstacles (even more important at night). But we're excited about being able to offer night riding to our loyal night pass holders - and everyone else who wants to ski or snowboard under the lights!

Night lift passes from 3 - 9 PM are already value priced at just $30. But we do have a couple of night opening specials:
  • Bring a can of food (preferably stew, soup or chili) for F.I.S.H. to support needy Hood River area families and get your night pass for $25 (save $5). This offer is valid through December 20.
  • Purchase a special $15 online night lift pass to use Wednesday or Thursday, December 18 or 19. Must purchase online by Tuesday, December 17. (Check here for the link which will be up soon!)
  • And to our night pass holders - we're offering $39 day lift passes to you through Friday. So come up earlier this week for a great day on the hill, or come up early Friday, pay for some turns and then enjoy your night pass for the rest of the evening!

We'll be offering up learn to ski and snowboard lessons at night - and of course the Alpenstube and Schuss will be open for your dining enjoyment. Rentals and retail will also be operating.

You've been waiting for it - and we're happy to switch on the lights! We'll see you on the mountain soon!

Meadows Offers Amazing December Deals

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is offering up some amazing December deals to make pre-holiday skiing and snowboarding incredibly affordable.

"F.I.S.H." Can Drive $59 Adult Lift Pass (Save $15) Extended through December 25!

In the spirit of the season, Meadows is collecting canned food and other non-perishables to support Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help, which provides meals to those in need in the Hood River Area. F.I.S.H. collects canned vegetables, fruits, soups, stews, tuna as well as macaroni & cheese, hamburger helper type meals, cereals and other non-perishables. What they are in most need of is canned soup, stew and chili. Bring a can of food to get a $59 adult lift pass (a $15 savings).

Coming up for some night riding? Bring a can and save $5 off the regular $30 3 - 9 PM night pass price!

Direct to Lift Special $39 Day Lift Price Extended through December 25!

Meadows Club Card holders and Midweek+ Pass Holders direct-to-lift price of $39 through Christmas Day, December 25 - a savings of $20 off the regular direct-to-lift price.

Other Season Pass Holder Discount - $39 Day Lift Pass Extended through December 25!

Meadows is offering a special $39 lift pass to pass holders from other ski areas through Christmas Day. Meadows is fortunate to have received enough snow and have conditions to operate three high speed quads and offer some excellent early season conditions. Most ski areas in the northwest haven't been able to open yet, or have the conditions Meadows enjoys. Simply show your pass from another ski resort to receive the $39 day lift pass price.

Learn to Ski or Snowboard and Bring a Friend for Free (ended December 20)

This is a sport that is best shared and enjoyed with a friend. So through Friday, December 20, Meadows is offering it's first time learn to ski or snowboard package which includes a beginner lift pass, equipment rentals and a 2 hour lesson for just $75, including your friend! This is for ages 13 and older and can be purchased at the ski resort, no reservations necessary.

Three High Speed Quads and Awesome December Powder

As promised we opened up Shooting Star this morning - which delighted (emphasis on the "light" hint hint) crowd that braved the cold temperatures to find their favorite terrain covered in exquisitely light powder. First tracks on Shooting Star - first of the day and the season. Could it get any better?


Following two days of heroic storm recovery, Cascade Express boarded passengers who were treated to the foot-and-a-half of fresh (in some cases more) deposited by Monday's storm. Sweet goodness - a wellness day on the mountain for sure.

Thanks to Pierce Hodges for the video - it's a playlist so you can see Tuesday's treat as well!

Awesome Opening Day for Mt. Hood Express - Shooting Star Scheduled Wednesday!

Early season riding is awesome! With such cold temperatures the snow is really light and feathery. Early December presents some of the best powdery conditions, and today was exceptional! Granted it's not a deep base so you need to be aware of unmarked obstacles. But there is a lot of fun to be had on the mountain. Thanks to Pierce Hodges for a great video!

Wednesday we plan on operating Shooting Star. Our lift crews performed storm recovery work Tuesday, and there is prep work that needs to be performed before it opens. But it is scheduled and we do plan on opening Star. Again - early season and unmarked obstacles. We also ask your cooperation in respecting the boundary lines - do not cross a rope line. Let's play together nicely, and have a great day on the mountain!

Lift prices will be $59 for adults ($49 for direct to lift) Wednesday, most likely for the last day. You see, Cascade was also being storm recovered and it's a possibility Wednesday (storm recovery and weather permitting), but most likely Thursday.

As always please check our snow phone (503.227.7669) or snow conditions page for the latest operational and condition updates.

See you here!

Mt. Hood Express Scheduled For Tuesday

Mt. Hood Express is scheduled to operate Tuesday. The quad provides high speed service out of the base area, and accesses more advanced terrain on the front side of the mountain. Meadows lift crews have been working (feverishly) to deice Mt. Hood Express, performing storm recovery in the middle of the ongoing storm!

Speaking of the storm - it deposited 3 to 5 inches at the base area level after turning to snow late last night. But higher up on the mountain - like at the 6600 foot level - we received 16 inches of new snow. It's been snowing and blowing all day, freshening and refreshing the runs. Since the terrain Mt. Hood Express serves has yet to open, Tuesday should offer some great powder turns.

Keep in mind we have early season conditions, be aware of unmarked obstacles and other riders as runs narrow near the bottom. So now that you've been officially warned, we'll see you up here Tuesday 9 AM - 4 PM.

Also scheduled to operate Tuesday are Easy Rider, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet. Cascade Express is also scheduled, pending storm recovery and weather permitting. Wouldn't it be awesome if.....

Adult lift prices will be $59 Tuesday - Juniors (age 7 - 14) are $39 but remember the family deal that up to two Junior day passes can be purchased for $19 each with the purchase of an adult day pass. We'll continue to equipment rental discount of $30 for adults, $20 for juniors.

We'll post our scheduled lifts and any changes on our conditions page.

See you on the mountain!

Burly Storm Riders Dip Into Some Powder

The weather is throwing some of it's nastiest early season storm conditions at us - and the burly storm riders are loving it. That storm - you know the big one with all the potential - well, it finally got cold enough to transition from rain to snow - around midnight in the base area, but much earlier higher up on the mountain.

With the high winds today, and storm evaluation and recovery efforts underway, Tuesday's lifts were limited to Daisy and Buttercup, with some beginners coming up for lessons in the Fun Zone. Not a bad idea considering the Ballroom Carpet over-the-snow conveyer is covered - a nice shelter from the storm! Those taking the plunge - if you can call 3 - 5 inches plungeable, received free refills as new snow and light wind-drifted powdery flakes filled their tracks. Cold - yes. Windy - yes. Crowded? No. Dress for the storm conditions, and enjoy the Daisy runs.

Thanks to Temira in mComm for the photos. And thanks to our guests who braved the conditions - we're sure your reward was in the fresh early season turns you can brag about to your friends!

Limited Operations Sunday 9 - 11 AM

The major winter storm has arrived and as expected it has a lot of moisture in it! It's wet and windy and it is affecting our lift operations today. Buttercup will operate from 9 - 11 AM and then we will be closing early and getting ready for Monday.

The forecast is promising - with the freezing level dropping and having the potential to drop a lot of snow overnight:

  • Tonight Rain before 11pm, then snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 25. Windy, with a west wind 47 to 49 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 17 to 23 inches possible.
  • Monday Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to around 21 by 5pm. Windy, with a west wind 28 to 33 mph decreasing to 22 to 27 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
Daisy, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet are scheduled from 9 AM - 4 PM Monday. With this forecast Cascade most likely won't operate due to wind and visibility. There's a lot of prep work before we can get any of our other high speed quads operating. Remember we had an 17" snowpack before this storm hit, so we need to let the snow settle a bit before we can get cats on it. Tuesday is more likely than Monday for additional lift operations and added terrain.

Keep checking our snow phones, condition page, Facebook and Twitter for updates.