With winter kicking in big time and the base area snow depth busting through the 100” mark - a long season at Mt. Hood Meadows is assured! The resort has announced pricing on its “Rest of Season Pass” - which offers unlimited access from March 10 through the rest of the season.
The pass will be sold at the resort for $139 beginning March 10, but it can be purchased in advance for $119. In addition to saving $20, the pass can be backed by a credit card and allow the holder discounted direct-to-lift access through March 9, until it becomes an unlimited pass. The direct-to-lift pass is $59 for a day pass (saving $15) and $25 for a 3-9 PM evening pass (a $5 savings).
There’s a special price on the rest of the season pass for ages 7 - 22 for just $99, offering unlimited access from March 10 through the rest of the season.
The resort has received over 12 feet of snow in February - and is scheduled to operate daily through April 27, and then at least the first two weekends in May.
The rest of the season pass provides the same benefits as other Meadows passes - 10% discounts on retail purchases and demo equipment, selected restaurant discounts, enrollment in the Ski School Loyalty Reward program for return incentives on adult and children’s lessons and daycare and the very popular Buddy Pass discount, allowing the pass holder to bring five friends to Meadows at $59 each.
Adding today's accumulation through Friday morning February has served up 134" including Friday morning's 11"! We received FIVE FEET in FOUR DAYS!
|Feb 20: 17"
||Feb 16: 9”
||Feb 12: 6”
||Feb 8: 9”
||Feb 4: 3”
|Feb 19: 13"
||Feb 15: 7”
||Feb 11: 5”
||Feb 7: 8”
||Feb 3: 3”
|Feb 18: 17”
||Feb 14: 7”
||Feb 10: 1”
||Feb 6: 0”
||Feb 2: 0”
|Feb 17: 4”
||Feb 13: 1”
||Feb 9: 9”
||Feb 5: 2”
||Feb 1: 2”
Check out this awesome video by Pierce Hodges shot Tuesday.
It may be the shortest month, but so far it has delivered the snow conditions we’ve been waiting for. Through this morning at 5 AM - February has delivered 6 feet of new snow - that’s right - 72”! There’s only been two days in February where we didn’t get any accumulation the previous 24 hours, and the current storm has dropped over 2 FEET of fresh in the past 72 hours!
See photos posted on our Social Page!
During this storm cycle the Heather lift opened delighting powder riders from Twilight down. Private Reserve opened and we reached 92” snow depth in the base area. Winter is on - we're at full operations! Thanks February.
I took a chance and got a club card at Meadows this season. I just want to appreciate the changes I have seen made since I last visited 3 years ago. I kept skiing, but drove extra mileage to Timberline because I knew I would have a better experience overall. However, my two recent visits have been great. There is a shift in energy and climate among the staff which has helped changed the atmosphere of Meadows. I look forward to heading up the mountain again soon!
In previous seasons, we reported a mid mountain snow depth. This was done largely by guess - either some of our on snow folks making an educated guess, or by extrapolation - adding a certain amount or percentage to our base area snow depth. We never really had an accurate reading for ourselves or to share with our guests.
Earlier this season our snow safety team scouted out some locations on the mountain to place a stake that we could record mid mountain depths. We needed to find a spot that was relatively undisturbed, didn't snow load or get wind scoured, was accessible for our grooming or patrol crews to read regularly and was representory of our middle mountain conditions. The preferred location was near the top of Roach Bowl at the 6,250 foot elevation. Our NWAC telemetry (our official measurement) is located at the 5,380 foot elevation.
Initially the snow stake was 110" in length. It's first measurement, way back in December - was 31" when we had 22" in the base. Turns out 110" probably won't be enough stake, as we reached the 100" mark today. Our snow safety team spliced an extension on to the stake so we will be able to continue to measure and report at mid mountain - and compare to our base area depth.
So this is cause for a little "unofficial" celebration. We hit 100" at mid mountain. Hurray! And with our base depth at 75" and winter kicking into gear, we're hoping to celebrate reaching the century mark officially soon!
It's one of those Good News Bad News things. The good news is this storm is just pounding Meadows with powder and Sunday's conditions should be outrageous! For those that can get here...
And now the bad news.
Ice Storm Warning in Portland will Cancel Sunday Buses
The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for the Portland Metro Area through 10 PM Sunday evening. And with roads already becoming treacherous this evening with freezing rain, we're canceling our Portland buses for Sunday. That's tough, since the snow is so good at Meadows, but we feel that is the right thing to do.
February Sunday Programs Postponed
Sno-Blasters, Trailblazers, High School and Adult programs scheduled to start Sunday, will be postponed one week. However, if you come from an ice-unaffected area, check in at ski school and we'll give you your option to take your lesson Sunday. Otherwise, everyone should look at Sunday, March 9 to be the make good day. You can also email ski school with questions or to arrange your make good on another day.
Park & Ride Cancelled
We won't be running our Park & Ride buses Sunday. We will be contacting those who purchased seats or packages to reschedule your ride or get you a refund. Or you can contact our Portland Office at 503.337.2222 Monday with questions.
Again, we hate doing this when the snow is so good. But considering the warning we feel this is the best course of action.
See you on the mountain - soon!
I just wanted to say once again how impressed I am with your staff. As a General Manager of a business, I'm always taking notes on how things run at Meadows.
I'd like to particularly praise a couple of your employees:
Johnny Jealous has been nothing short of outstanding with his customer service. I've only been skiing for two seasons and Johnny has helped make every step in the learning process painless. He's simply awesome.
Jennifer Brandt was an absolute rock star in the lift line this morning. Everyone was particularly amped before the gates opened at 8:55am and she dealt with a belligerent customer with the perfect amount of grace and authority.
Thanks again for another terrific day!
Praise for the wonderful lesson my husband and I had today with Paul Sunderland. He was terrific and worked really well with both of us even though we are different levels. It made for one of the best days we have ever had on the mountain. We couldn't recommend him more highly.
Randy Boverman Video - Blower Snow
But baby it's cold outside - yeah and the snow conditions are AWESOME! Dry, flaky, powdery snow, usually reserved for the Rockies, or Alaska or other locales with frigid temps. With 16" of new snow this past week, and temps which will be diving down to zero (that's Fahrenheit, not Celsius) the surface conditions are a definite treat. From our snow report today:
"Groom is light fluffy powder, packed powder, and machine-tilled groom. Off the groom is deep blower powder, packed powder, hardpack, moguls, and powder stashes."
Here's a slide show of some shots leading up to these epic conditions:
And from our friends at Active.com - here's some tips for staying warm in single digit or below zero temps.
Remember to layer. You can always take off or put on more layers depending on how cold it is outside.
On cold days not as many people are skiing or riding so you can take a break to warm up and then head right back out to the slopes.
SKI/RIDE NON-STOP RUNS
It is still early in the season so you may or may not have the stamina for a top-to-bottom run.? However, skiing or riding top-to-bottom will warm up your muscles and keep you warm as a result.
MAKE SHORTER, QUICK TURNS
After your muscles are warmed up, keep them warm by making quick, small turns.? The quantity of the turns will make your muscles move and could be burning by mid-run.
Using hand and feet warmers or boot heaters, you can keep your extremities warm.? Usually, your hands and feet are the first things to get cold since they are further away from your heart