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Spring Park Opens!

Spring Park opens at Mt. Hood Meadows
Constructed in Partnership with Snow Park Technologies, One of the Longest, Most Progressive Parks in the Country Offers Innovative Design

MT. HOOD, Ore. – April 2, 2014 – Following Mt. Hood Meadows’ recent announcement regarding its partnership with renowned terrain park builders, Snow Park Technologies (SPT) on the design and construction of Spring Park, Mother Nature joined the fun and assisted with the build as well, dropping more than three feet of new snow on the resort in the past week. The resort boasts a 134” base snow depth, ensuring a long season. Now open daily to the public, Mt. Hood Meadows Spring Park consists of more than 30 primarily medium and large features that span 4,600 feet and a 1,000 vertical foot descent.

“Meadows Spring Park - 2014 is our most recent example of new generation park design at Mt. Hood Meadows. Our focus continues to be on fun, flow, and unique combinations of interesting features that create an awesome natural rhythmic riding experience. Early riders haven’t been shy about telling us how stoked they are about the quality and length of this unique spring park build,” said Matthew Drake, Chairman and CEO of Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. “Our crew, along with the super talented builders from SPT, worked hard through this past storm cycle to deliver a free flowing and exhilarating riding experience that we know our riders will love to hit over and over – particularly with all of the new snow we’ve received, and under sunny Spring skies at Mt. Hood Meadows!” 

Here's a video featuring time lapse construction of the park and Wednesday's park action by Pierce Hodges.

One of the longest terrain parks in the country, Spring Park offers nearly a mile of jumps, rails and other features that begin on the upper mountain accessed from the Vista Express chairlift, take advantage of the natural fall line terrain from the upper elevations of Vista, continue on the lower mountain through Daisy Bowl, and end at the entrance to the resort’s freshly cut 18-foot halfpipe. Designed for intermediate and advanced riders to enjoy, Spring Park is peppered with rails, combo jibs and wall rides. 

SPT, recognized as the leader in terrain park design and construction, designed the park and collaborated with the Mt. Hood Meadows terrain park crew on the build.

“One of the more challenging aspects of the build has been trying to construct this park while at the same time receiving massive amounts of snow from these latest storm systems. Despite that, building Spring Park at Meadows has been one of the most fun projects this season,” said Tyson Terpening, SPT operator. “The overall length of the park, the fun factor and variety of features, and the fact that it flows directly into the pipe really set it apart.”

See this Flickr SlideShow by Jay Carroll of the official opening day in Spring Park Wednesday.

Mt. Hood Meadows is scheduled to remain open daily through April 27, with weekend operations continuing the first two weekends in May, conditions permitting.

For more information about Mt. Hood Meadows, #MeadowsSpringPark or Snow Park Technologies, visit www.skihood.com, www.snowparktech.com, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meadowsparks or www.facebook.com/snowparktech.

4 Comments

  1. Ian

    April 3, 2014

    How come you guys will only be staying open weekends in May? After putting all the time in money into your spring park it's a shame that it really will only be open for about 4 weeks. A different resort on Mount Hood is open 7 days a week throughout May until their winter season is officially over... I hope you consider running at least daisy and vista on weekdays in May to allow people to ride the spring park.

    Meadows: Don't think we haven't considered it. And if we had a summer snow season we would be connecting to it with daily operations. But that's what this initiative with SPT is all about - what will it take for Mt. Hood Meadows to build this business? But let's be real - before we start talking about being open daily in May, let's get up to the mountain NOW! Spring Park is open and it is AWESOME!

  2. rick

    April 6, 2014

    The spring park is great for large features, but only suits advanced riders. However there is enough room left on both sides to rope off another lane that you could add small or medium features with more cruising kickers and flat boxes just off the main run. Intermediate riders could get laps in off Vista at the top of the mountain and still flow down into fireweed at the halfway point. You've got the space and snow, so use it while it's still here.

    Meadows: Thanks for the comment. As you mentioned, in addition to Spring Park we continue to offer Fireweed, which has small to medium features, and The Zoo with small features. We like the current flow of Spring Park and the variety our three parks combined provides. We'll share your comment with our Parks crew.

  3. derek

    April 7, 2014

    The spring park is riding sweet! Thanks to everyone involved for stepping it up. I keep hearing rumors of an upcoming super park on cascade... any truth to this?

    Meadows: Thanks Derek! We do have some exciting news we will be announcing soon. It isn't regarding our public parks, but it is quite exciting!

  4. lucas schwartz

    April 10, 2014

    With 120" in the base, why dont you stay open longer?

    p.s. when will you be announcing the big news?

    Meadows: We are adding more days in May - we're open daily through April 27 and we'll operate lifts FRIDAY, Saturday and Sunday May 2-4 and May 9-11. We're also planning a Season's End Festival on May 17. To answer your question we need two things to stay open longer - good snow conditions AND lots of skiers and snowboarders.

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