You know the scenario – fresh snow, bluebird day – lining up with a weekend or holiday and bam! Everyone wants to head to the mountain. In the past three seasons we’ve had a total of only twelve days that our three parking lots reached capacity. Not bad considering that’s around 500 days of operation. But if it happens on the one day that you’re coming up, being turned away at the lot is a bummer.
This season, Meadows has taken measures to prevent turn aways by securing remote parking on the west side at Welches Elementary School (at mile marker 42 off of highway 25) and the north side at Mt. Hood Country Store (right on highway 35). If our lots fill we can shuttle guests from those locations. Our goal is to not have to turn away any guest wanting to come to recreate at Meadows, even on our most popular days. Scroll down for more specifics on these remote parking shuttle lots.
There’s a lot we can do together to make the drive to the mountain smooth and to maximize your parking experience at Meadows, including:
- Take a bus – Meadows Park & Ride runs from Portland weekends and holidays. You can reserve a seat and be dropped off right at our lodge – so you have a guaranteed parking spot! There are other bus and shuttle options listed on Mt. Hood Meadows shuttle page.
- Ride share – Do your best to fill all the seats in your vehicle. Drive Less Connect matches people going to the same places.
- Keep traffic moving – Make sure your vehicle is well prepared for mountain weather. Carry traction devices and know how to use them. Use the designated areas to put on chains BEFORE you need them.
- Be aware of traffic patterns – arrive before 8:30 AM, or plan to arrive later – around noon – when spaces open up from departing morning skiers. Check the highway cams on TripCheck.com – and go through Hood River (I-84 to Highway 35) to avoid highway 26 traffic.
- Check the road conditions before you leave. For current road condition information in Oregon, call 511 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Reports are available 24 hours/day. Visit www.TripCheck.com for information on road and weather conditions, incidents and traffic delays.
- Stay connected – sign up for parking lot updates at twitter.com/mhmlifts – we update parking lot status on our conditions page and send out tweets.
- Follow the signs – Our parking trucks have variable messaging to provide you the current status. We also use signs along the roadway to direct you to the next available lot. We appreciate you following the signs and the guidance of our flaggers – they are there to assist you.
We’re confident that following this advice will make for the best commute to and from the mountain even on the busiest days.
As our lots reach capacity it is essential that you look for our remote parking signage in Welches and in Parkdale. Meadows has secured parking space at these two locations:
Welches Elementary School
Located just east of the stop light in Welches, before you reach the Subway restaurant (near mile marker 42.0). As you're heading to Meadows after you pass through the stop light in Welches:
- Turn right at Woodsy Way (the next main intersection)
- Immediately take a left which will bring you through the Hoodland County Park
- You'll see our greeters - there is ample parking spots available
Mt. Hood Country Store
The store is prominently located on Highway 35 and the parking is very convenient along the North and East sides of the store. Just look for the signs and you'll be guided to your parking spot.
We will run shuttles from the lots and from these remote lots during the time our main lots are at capacity. Our plan is to provide transportation from the remote lots as long as people are actively parking and until we reopen our parking lots. We will begin shuttling people back to their cars beginning at 4:30 PM and the shuttles will depart from Meadows every 30 minutes until 6 PM. This will prevent you from being turned away at the resort. The parking and the shuttle are free (and there are rest rooms available at each remote parking location).
As we reach capacity in our lots, we will:
- Place signage along highway 26 and highway 35 updating parking lot status and directing you to these remote shuttle lot locations
- Update our conditions page and tweet to MHMLifts on twitter, alerting you when our lots have reached capacity and the remote lots are open.
The remote lot locations will be especially desirable for guests who are concerned about driving their own vehicle in winter conditions, as they should be below the snow line on most days.
So bring on the powder and the bluebird weekends. We’ll see you on the mountain!