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Mel Toney Receives PNSAA Tower of Excellence Award

La Conner, WA – The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Tower of Excellence, Industrial Strength, and Forest Service Partner of the Year awards. 

Tower of Excellence: Mel Toney, Mt. Hood Meadows Director of Ski Patrol and Risk Management

The Tower of Excellence award recognizes and honors a ski resort employee, past or present, who has made significant contributions to the “outside operations” of their resort.  

Toney was recognized for her leadership of the ski patrol and risk management departments with professionalism and excellence.  Through her leadership of these departments, Meadows has put in place state of the art patrol and medical facilities on mountain and in the base area, including an M105 howitzer installation on Shooting Star ridge for avalanche mitigation work above Heather Canyon, and a full medical treatment clinic in the base area.  Even more significantly, Toney has consistently raised the training and performance standards for MHM Patrol. Toney’s career at Meadows started in 1997 as a ski patroller.

Toney's nomination described her as, "A top performer who strives to continually improve, possessing extensive technical knowledge which allows her to train her staff to a high level of competency.  She 'walks the talk' and exhibits professionalism and integrity in all things she does, regardless of the circumstance.  She is a team player and is held with the highest regard within our organization.  Mel is a true asset to Mt. Hood Meadows and the industry as a whole." 

"Mel's success in a male-dominated department and industry is a testament to her knowledge, consistency and leadership," remarked Meadows CEO Matthew Drake who presented the award. "Mel is helping to change the stereotype and shape the future of our industry. She does this with grace and humility, while successfully balancing the priorities of work with that of her family. She is very deserving of this award and is an inspiration to all of us.”

PNSAA Industry award winners
PNSAA President John Gifford with industry award recipients Michael Weise and Mel Toney at last week's awards ceremony in Hood River, OR.

Industrial Strength: Michael Weise, Leitner Poma of America

This award is to recognize and honor an individual who is not an employee of a ski resort, but has made a valuable contribution to the Pacific Northwest industry.

Weise received this award in part because he has always been available and eager to share his knowledge and experience with everyone in the industry. He especially always makes time for teaching new mechanics and operations staff whenever asked at PNSAA and many other industry events coast to coast. Weise honestly loves to teach, discuss and share stories, ideas and processes to help everyone in the industry whether it’s discussing ski lifts, mountain operations, history or mechanics. His large vault of stories and experiences has earned him legendary late-night-story-teller status.

Forest Service Partner of the Year: Mike Lane, National Ropeway Services Team

This award honors a Forest Service employee – past or present – who has made significant contributions to the Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region’s (Region 6) winter sports offerings.

Lane is a critical link between lift manufacturers and the Forest Service nationally as well as regionally. His knowledge and expertise in design approval and structural integrity for all new ski lifts is excellent. Lane is an experienced inspector who has a keen attention to detail. He is also involved in teaching ski resort employees on proper maintenance and operations implementation and practices which confirms his dedication to the industry.

The awards were presented at a reception at the 2014 PNSAA Spring Conference held April 22-24 in Hood River, Oregon.  The conference was attended by more than 330 individuals from the ski and snowboard industry in the Pacific Northwest.  There were more than 60 sessions over the course of three days for attendees to choose from in order to learn and further their skills.

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For more information on the PNSAA or these industry awards
Contact: John Gifford, President, 877-533-5520

The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association is a non-profit trade association, which represents the interests of 34 facilities located in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Western Montana, and Northern California.  The Association’s member ski areas – most of which operate on public land – collectively host an estimated 5.5 million visits annually.  For additional information on Pacific Northwest skiing and snowboarding, contact the PNSAA office at (877) 533-5520, or visit to link to the website of your favorite mountain.

Meadows May Operations

Mt. Hood Meadows will extend operations into May, operating Friday, Saturday and Sunday the first two weekends (May 2-4 and May 9-11), plus a season ending band and brew festival on May 17. Lift operations hours are from 9 AM - 2 PM on the scheduled days (which can be affected by weather or conditions). 

Wells Fargo presents the first weekend of May operations, Friday - Sunday with lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 2 PM each day. Thanks to Wells Fargo support we'll be able to offer a $49 lift pass price for adults, $19 for juniors 7 to 14, $39 for seniors 65 to 74. Unlimited season passes, Spring passes and remaining punches on 10 Time Passes will be honored.

Lifts are scheduled from 9 AM - 2 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the same lift pass pricing as the first bonus weekend. Unlimited season passes, Spring passes and remaining punches on 10 Time Passes will be honored.

Come on up in May - Lock-In next year's season pass for $49 and you can ride the rest of May for free! You win both this season and next. The $49 Lock-In offer assures you the best price available on next year's pass, one FREE bonus one day lift pass and you can enjoy the remaining days in May for free!

Season's End Beer & Music FestivalSEASON'S END BEER AND MUSIC FEST MAY 17
Double Mountain joins us to present three bands to wrap up a great season! Lifts operate from 9 AM - 2 PM and the bands will from 11 AM - 5 PM. The concert is free - Unlimited season passes, Spring passes and remaining punches on 10 Time Passes will be honored for lift access. A special package including lift pass, equipment rentals and $20 Double Mountain gift certificate will be sold online for just $59 ($49 without the equipment rentals. These packages will be online soon!

8th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim Saturday

Sno-Kona Pond Skim Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows
Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii (Immediate Release) -
Sno-Kona LogoRegistration for the Sno-Kona Pond Skim is open for skimmers ready to launch themselves over a 100-foot-long pond of frigid water Saturday, April 26.  The Sno-Kona Pond Skim hosts 100 skiing and snowboarding competitors or "skimmers" at Mt. Hood Meadows from 9 am to 4:00 pm. Presented by Kona Brewing Co., the festive event brings music, costumes and plenty of Liquid Aloha a mile high in the sky outside the main lodge at Mt. Hood Meadows. Successful skimmers each advance to the final round, vying for the chance to win $500 for first place.
All participants will have one attempt to cross the pond. Participants who successfully skim the length of the pond during the first round qualifiers will then advance to the finals, where they can receive up to 50 points based on three criteria - whether they make it across (10 points), their costume (up to 20 points), and overall style and crowd reaction (up to 20 points). If skimmers tie, the judges will deliberate and award the overall winner. It is possible with this scoring system to win the Pond Skim without successfully crossing the pond in the finals. Judges will reward skimmers for craftsmanship, creativity, and time spent on costumes.
Skimmers are awarded for the grand prize, second and third place, best costume, best splash, and best impression made by a woman. 
"The Sno-Kona Pond Skim is the most popular event at Meadows," said Dave Tragethon, executive director of communications for Mt. Hood Meadows. "The skimming just gets better and better. The energy of the crowd and Liquid Aloha flowing all day is great fun and makes an excellent time on the mountain."
The cost to participate in the Pond Skim is $30 per entrant, and all competitors must be 21 or over. Ski poles are not allowed in the competition, and participants may not be visibly intoxicated. Spectators are free, and entrance fees include a complimentary Sno-Kona beach towel and celebratory Kona brew. 
Meadows continues daily operations through Sunday, April 27, and is scheduled to operate on Bonus Weekends May 2-4; May 9-11 and May 17.

Burton Snowboards Announces Partnership With Mt. Hood Meadows Resort To Bring Youth Learn To Ride Programs To The Pacific Northwest

BURLINGTON, VT (April 17, 2014) – Today, Burton Snowboards is excited to announce it has partnered with Mt. Hood Meadows Resort to bring year-round, youth focused learn to ride programs to Oregon, including a PE Snowboarding Program for elementary school kids and a permanent Riglet Park. Bringing world-class snowboarding instruction, interactive games, activities and Burton gear, these youth programs promise fun on and off the mountain for the whole family.

Portland School of Experiential Education Burton PE Class
Kids at the Portland School of Experiential Education get their first snowboard lesson at a PE class presented by Burton Global VP of Resorts Jeff Boliba.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Mt. Hood Meadows Resort to make snowboarding more accessible and build youth participation,” said Jeff Boliba, Vice President of Global Resorts for Burton Snowboards. “Kids are the heart of our sport and Mt. Hood Meadows shares our passion and commitment to riders. We’re excited to help them teach little riders as young as three years-old and get more kids snowboarding in the Northwest.”

“Mt. Hood Meadows is excited to partner with Burton to create engaging, stimulating and fun introductory experiences for young people,” said Chris Kastner, Director of Snow Sports Services for Mt. Hood Meadows. “Burton has pioneered giving kids as young as three an awesome introduction to snowboarding so they can enjoy mountain recreation. This partnership will extend that passion and excitement from our slopes to local school gyms and events, which is truly exciting for us.” 

To kick things off, yesterday, Burton partnered with Mt. Hood Meadows Resort to host a PE Snowboarding day at the Portland School of Experiential Education. Since gym class is a favorite for many kids, the PE Snowboarding Program introduces kids to the sport and helps teach the basics of balance, core strength, and agility. With Burton’s teaching tools like Riglet Boards, Riglet Hover Covers and Riglet Reels, combined with balance boards, grab mat game and more, kids get to experience snowboarding’s movements and balance while exercising at the same time.

As a natural extension of the retail and demo partnership Mt. Hood Meadows has had with Burton for years, the resort also plans to become an authorized Learn To Ride Center in time for next season. Burton Learn To Ride programs for kids and adults offer hands-on lessons from the best-trained coaches so that everyone can experience the fun and excitement of snowboarding. Stay tuned for more details this summer.

Finally, kids in the Portland area will have tons of fun this winter at the new Burton Riglet Park at Mt. Hood Meadows, the first of its kind in the state. Riglet Parks are like a snowboarding playground because they give kids from ages 3 to 6 a fun introduction to the foundations of snowboarding through play and guided discovery. Through Burton’s global Riglet Snowboarding Program, coaches, resorts, and families are finding all kinds of success getting kids on snowboards as soon as they can fit into Burton’s Kids’ XS Boot, which is usually around three years of age. And with the Riglet Reel tow cable kids can discover the sensation of riding on their own anywhere.

For more info on all of Burton’s Learn To Ride programs, check out

Lock-In Best Rate On Next Season's Pass for $49

Mt. Hood Meadows unlimited season passes for the 2014/15 season are on sale - but you don't have to purchase it now to get the best rate. Pass purchasers can "Lock-In" their best price now for just $49 by May 31, and the remainder of the balance will be auto-charged to their credit card on September 15. The passes will allow uphill access to Meadows’ popular terrain every day lifts operate next season, scheduled from late November through April, and any bonus weekends in May.

LOCK-IN NEXT YEAR'S PASS ONLINE OR AT THE SKI AREA - AND SKI FREE THE REST OF THIS MAY! Just one more benefit we are offering - so purchase or Lock-In now!

Renew My Pass @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski ResortMeadows will keep season passes at the 2013/14 prices. However, 2013/14 Unlimited, Midweek, Night, 10 Time Pass and Spring Pass holders will receive about a 10% discount to renew or upgrade their pass by May 31. Additionally, those purchasing by May 31 will receive one free bonus day pass to give to a friend. 

Purchase your season pass online now!If you don't have a 2013/14 pass, you can lock-in next year's price or purchase next season's pass by May 31 and receive one free bonus day pass to give to a friend. And you get any remaining days in May this season FOR FREE!

 Age  Renew by 5/31* New by 5/31*   6/1-10/31  11/1-11/17  After 11/17
 25-65  $449  $499  $499  $524  $799
 15-24  $314  $349  $349  $374  $499
 7-14  $224  $249  $249  $274  $399
 6&Under  $25  $25  $25  $25  $25
 65-74  $339  $379  $379  $404  $449
 75+  Free  Free  Free  Free  Free
 *Includes FREE Bonus 1 Day lift pass to give to a friend if purchased by 5/31!

2013/14 Passholders receive a Discount!

Those who purchased a season pass or 10 Time Pass this season will get special pricing on next year’s unlimited pass when they renew by May 31. The discount represents about a 10% discount off of last year’s price, and those renewing by May 31 also receive the free Bonus day lift pass to give to a friend. 

Lock in Pricing for $49

We realize coming up with your entire payment for next season right now may be difficult. So you can lock in the special pricing for just $49 by May 31! The remainder of your pass will be auto-charged to your credit card on September 15. You get the best price guaranteed AND you will receive the free Bonus day lift pass to give to a friend! The lock in requires a credit card.

Bonus Lift Pass 

Those renewing, purchasing or locking in their passes by May 31 will receive a free Bonus day lift pass to give to a friend - a $79 value. 

New Age Grouping

Meadows has expanded the young adult age grouping - those age 15 to 24 receive the special pricing. In the past the age group was 15 to 22 so therefore 23 and 24 year olds receive the benefit from this price break, saving $135 if renewing or $150 if purchasing new! 

Pass Protection and Ski Check Bundled at Half last year’s price - secure yourself for just $30!

A lot can happen over the course of your season. Protect your pass investment with Pass Protection - which gives you a pro-rated credit if your season is ended by injury, medical condition or relocation. Ski Check provides a secure location for you to check your equipment into during the day at the main lodge. Why take a chance on having your equipment stolen when Ski Check is so affordable? Purchased separately Ski Check is $25 and Pass Protection is $10. Bundle them together for $30!

*Club Card holders are not available for special renewal pricing

Meadows Extends Season

While other ski areas are calling it quits, Mt. Hood Meadows is adding days to its already long season. The resort will operate daily through April 27, and has added Fridays to the schedule the first two weekends of May (May 2 - 4 and May 9 - 11). The resort will host a Season’s End Festival on Saturday May 17. Scheduled lift hours in May are 9 AM - 2 PM, which can be affected by weather. 

With 117” of snow in the base area, Meadows is primed to finish out the season with spectacular spring riding conditions. Meadows has been named one of the top 10 Spring Ski Destinations according to the Ski Channel, and the resort’s Spring Park - a collaborative effort with renown park builder Snow Park Technologies has received rave reviews.

April is loaded with events (April Brings Events & Entertainment) and the resort has several spring learn to ski and snowboard specials.

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.

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Spring Park Praise

Had a chance to ride the snow park yesterday!  I've been keeping an eye on it as it was being built over the last week...Your team did an insanely beautiful job putting that together!  Thank you so much for a great day!

-- Sunny