Meadows Blog

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.

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.

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.

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

Spring Park Poised for Opening

After a week of intensive construction, one of the country’s longest flow freestyle parks is poised for opening. Spring Park at Mt. Hood Meadows is a collaborative effort between Snow Park Technologies and Meadows Parks crews. The park runs for nearly a mile from the top of the Vista Express all the way to the resort’s 18-foot in ground Superpipe.

Here’s a preview of Spring Park - with photos shot Sunday by Pierce Hodges.


SPT assisted in the design and construction of the park. Two cat drivers have been building features since park construction began last Monday. SPT builds parks all over the world, but the overall length of Spring Park, it’s fun factor, variety of features and the flow into the 18 foot Super Pipe rally distinguishes it from others.

Meadows received more than 3 feet of snow during the build, which pushed the construction back a bit, but a portion of the park may be open today, depending on the weather. The upper part of the Park was completed Sunday, and a multitude of rails are scheduled to be set on the lower part of Spring Park today.

Meadows CEO Matthew Drake commended both SPT and the Meadows Parks crew, saying, “This Park exemplifies our commitment to offering the ultimate spring park riding experience possible for our freestyle guests. SPT is the best in the industry, and their assistance and guidance in the design and construction of this park showcases both the awesome terrain our mountain offers and the talent of our parks crew. It takes all three to make what we believe is the best Spring park offered anywhere this season.”

The park is expected to open fully this week as early as Tuesday. A formal grand opening ceremony will be held Saturday to recognize and celebrate the achievement. In addition to Spring Park, Meadows offers The Zoo (featuring smaller features) and Fireweed (a medium size park) for the rest of the season. Meadows is open daily through April 27, and at least the first two weekends of May.

April Brings Events, Entertainment and a chance to win a 2014/15 Season Pass!

April events schedule @ Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort 

April is awesome – offering up scintillating spring skiing, punctuated with powdery winter blasts! It’s a season unto itself and a reason to celebrate recreating on Mt. Hood! This April, pass holders could win a 2014/15 Meadows Unlimited Pass – and be decked out from head to toe in Dakine clothing and accessories JUST FOR RIDING IN APRIL!

 

Here’s how it works – every day your pass is scanned in April, you get an entry into the drawing. The more days you come up, the more chances you have to win. There will be three grand prize drawings on April 28 (need not be present to win). Each winner receives a 2014/15 season pass AND gets decked out by Dakine. Eligible passes are unlimited season passes, spring, 10 Time, midweek and Meadows Club Cards.

 

April is awesome! So get up here and enjoy it! And check out the April events that await you!

April 5 - Eighth Annual Full Sail Banked Slalom
A banked slalom is a series of high banked curves - the faster a rider goes down the course, the bigger the course becomes because of the nature of the high walls of the banked turns. Both skiers and snowboarders can participate, filling a field of 120. Presented by Full Sail Brewing.
                    
April 5 - Women's Clinic
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. Available to intermediate and above skiers and riders.

April 6 - Mountain Photo Workshop
Full day class with Grant Myrdal the workshop focuses on snow and mountain shooting to equip you with the tools to create spectacular photos in all conditions.
                    
April 6 - Hood River Appreciation Day
Mt. Hood Meadows is holding the 4th annual Hood River Appreciation Day. This event will take place in the Vertical Restaurant in the main lodge, and we want to acknowledge our Hood River locals, and say thanks with music and raffles, food, and beer and wine sampling.

April 7-9 - 3-Day Holiday Kids Camps / Freestyle Camps
Our 3-Day Camps offered over Spring Break provide kids with a great way to play on the snow! We provide alpine lessons for students ages 4-12, and snowboard lessons for students ages 7-12. Kids will be put in the same group with the same instructor for three consecutive days providing an excellent opportunity to make friends and bond with the instructor. You'll be amazed at the progress your child can make skiing or riding 3 straight days!

April 7-9 - 3-Day Adult Camps
Join our Ski & Snowboard School for three straight days of coaching, from the same instructor and with the same group each day. Groups will be divided based on skiing / riding ability and desired speed. Topics include steeps and cruising the groomed. Four hours of coaching is provided each day, perfect for parents with kids attending the 3-Day Kids Camp!
                    
April 12 - Ski To Defeat ALS
Ski to Defeat ALS raises money for the ALS Association Oregon and Washington Chapter - one run at a time! Participants can do one run or fifty runs, and people with ALS are encouraged to participate because of our awesome partnership with Oregon Adaptive Sports. This event is not one to miss! Ski to defeat ALS and help benefit the ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter.

April 12 - Après Ski Entertainment with Joe Stoddard
Joe Stoddard performs a unique blend of high energy music and comedy. You can expect a very large variety of music, oldies, country, rock n’ roll, comedy tunes, folk, R&B originals, and more. Joe Stoddard will play out on the Sun Deck, weather-permitting, or in the Alpenstube.                                      

April 12 - Hood River Distillers Tasting
Hood River Distillers will be sampling Sinfire and Ullr from 2-4 PM in the Alpenstube and on the Alp Deck. Thanks HRD!

April 13 - Everybody's Brewing Tasting
Come taste brews from Everybody's Brewing, from 2-4:30 PM in the Alpenstube and on the Alp Deck. We're there!

April 19 - MazotFest Charity Race to benefit Avalanche Rescue Dogs
Come meet the rescue dogs at the Mazot! Race and watch others do the same! Mazot Fest will be taking place 10 AM to 3 PM. This is a fun, charitable race benefiting the Avalanche Rescue Program.

April 19 - Steeps Clinic
Available to advanced and expert skiers and riders. These clinics are designed to improve your ability to ski steep ungroomed terrain. We will work on maintaining rhythm and flow through all terrain and conditions while exploring some of the best known and unknown runs at the resort.
                    
April 19 - Après Ski Entertainment with Viasol
Funk Jazz. This local trio’s groove is deeper than your epic powder day. Josh Wuerth-gauitarist, Mason Appel-percussionist, and Dane Vogel-bassist, carry you into their spectacular world of sounds with their original funk jazz. Just dance. Viasol will play out on the Sun Deck, weather-permitting, or in the Alpenstube.

April 20 - Telemark Clinic
For beginning through expert telemarkers. Improve your technique with one of our experienced, certified instructors.

April 26 - Freestyle Clinic
This clinic is designed for those who want to improve their skills in the park & pipe, breaking down the fundamentals of approach, takeoff, maneuver and landing so you can master each step before putting it all together. Available to advanced and expert skiers/riders ages 10 and up.
                                        
April 26 - Sno-Kona Pond Skim
The 8th annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim at Mt. Hood Meadows, presented by Kona Brewing! Snowboarders and skiers launch themselves across 90 feet of frigid water to win awesome prizes.

Meadows Among 100 Best Oregon Green Companies Again

100 Best Green Companies in OregonFor the second year in a row, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has been named one of the 2014 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine. The sixth annual green survey was part of the 100 Best Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits surveys conducted last fall and spring. 

According to the Oregon Business Magazine, "This ranking shows that Meadows' workplace has implemented a variety of green policies, and that your employees place a high value on sustainable practices and believe your commitment to them is exceptional. It's a remarkable feat considering that 407 companies and nonprofits participated and more than 16,000 employees completed the survey. We congratulate you and your employees for fostering an outstanding workplace that focuses on sustainable practices."

“It is rewarding to know how much our employees appreciate working for a company that values sustainability.” said Heidi Logosz, resort Sustainability Manager. “Most of us are here because we love the mountain, and we want to do our best so that future generations will experience the same joy we do.” 

Sustainability is a core value for Mt. Hood Meadows which guides decision making for the company. The resort was among the 2013 100 Best Green Companies to work for as well.

Thanks for a great Sister City Visit

Sister City day at Mt. Hood Meadows
Photo: Adam Lapierre

A huge thank you to Mt. Hood Meadows and staff for their continued support with the Hood River-Tsuruta Sister City Organization. Each year Meadows is kind enough to donate rentals, lift tickets and lessons to a group of 20 or so middle school students visiting Hood River from Tsuruta, Japan. The ski trip a highlight of their trip and wouldn’t be possible without the support of Meadows. This year we had 23 students participate in the exchange, and between managers, instructors and rental staff, we were able to get the group geared up and on the ski hill within an hour of arriving. On behalf of the Hood River Sister City Committee and our Japanese visitors, DOMO ARIGATO for everything.

Great Grooming

I just want to compliment your grooming team on the fantastic job they did on Friday (3-21).  The mountain was groomed perfectly for the snow conditions, and we had probably the best day on the snow yet!  We made 32 runs on a wide variety of terrain and kept commenting on how well the runs were groomed all over the mountain.  Keep up the great work!

-- Kim

Mt Hood Meadows Offers Up Spring Break Learn to Ski or Snowboard Specials

Meadows offers Spring Break Learn to ski and snowboard packages and camps!

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors to recreate. Mt. Hood Meadows is offering many affordable packages for new adventurers to experience skiing and snowboarding for the first time. Whether you're looking to share an new adventure with a friend, want to pick up the sport before the season ends, or looking for a camp for your kids, Mt. Hood Meadows offers affordable and fun learning experiences!

Learn to Snowboard or Ski and Add a Friend for Free!

For the rest of the season, you can add a friend to learn to ski or snowboard with you for free! The individual package sells for $75 and includes a lift day pass for the Buttercup beginner lift, which also includes the Ballroom Carpet – Mt. Hood’s only enclosed over-the-snow conveyor. Also included is ski or snowboard equipment from the resort’s equipment rental center, and a two-hour group lesson taught by a professional instructor.

The special “Add a Friend for Free” allows two people to take the beginner package together for just $75. No reservations are needed, simply come to the resort and register at the resort’s equipment rental center. Participants must be 13 or older, and a parental consent form is required for those under age 18.

$99 3-TIME LEARN TO SKI OR SNOWBOARD PACKAGE

Buy Online at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski ResortFor 1st timers ages 13 and older - get your first three days of lessons, equipment rentals and lift passes for just $99! Each day includes a two hour lesson with our certified pros. The first two days include our Ballroom Carpet and Buttercup lift, and day three includes an all-mountain lift.

$199 Season Pass with 3 Lessons and Unlimited Rentals

Spring Season Pass Experience - Enjoy the rest of the season cruising the slopes at Meadows with this amazing learn to ski or snowboard package. The $199 includes an unlimited season pass, three 2 hour lessons and unlimited equipment rentals, and it's available for those 13 or older.

3-Day Kids Ski and Snowboard Spring Break Camps

3-Day Camps are offered over Spring Break, and provide kids with a great way to play on the snow! Kids will be put in the same group with the same instructor for three consecutive days providing an excellent opportunity to make friends and bond with the instructor. For all three days, it's $265 for the lesson only, $295 for the lesson and lift, and $40 for rental equipment. There's also an additional $30 charge for kids ages 4-6, as there's a guaranteed maximum class size of three students per instructor.

Spring Break Freestyle Camp

3-day Freestyle Camps are a great opportunity to take your park and pipe skills to the next level. Whether preparing for an upcoming competition, or just looking to enter the park for the first time, this camp is a great way to progress freestyle skills. The camp is open to anybody 7 to 14 who is an intermediate level skier/rider. The 3-Day Freestyle Camp sessions are $295 (Camp and Lift), add rental equipment for $40.

Each three day camp includes 4 hours of coaching each day with a park specialized instructor. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to: jumps, half-pipe, rails and boxes, flatland, all-mountain freestyle, park safety and etiquette. Groups will be split up by age and ability. Reservations are required at least 48 hours before the first day of camp. Call 503.337.2222, ext. 1419 to reserve your space.

Mt. Hood Meadows and Snow Park Technologies Partner to Create Unrivaled Flow Terrain Park This Spring

One of the Longest, Most Progressive Parks in the Country to Open in Late March

Snow Park Technologies teams up for Spring Park at Mt. Hood MeadowsMT. HOOD, Ore. – March 17, 2014 – With the winter season scheduled to continue into early May at Mt. Hood Meadows, the resort announced today it has partnered with renowned terrain park builders, Snow Park Technologies (SPT), on the design and construction of one of the longest flow parks in the country. Scheduled to open in late March, the Spring Park at Mt. Hood Meadows will offer nearly a mile of jumps, rails and features that will begin on the upper mountain, continue on the lower mountain through Daisy Bowl, and end at the entrance to the resort’s 18-foot halfpipe.

“We’re teaming up with the best crew in the business to put together one of the longest flow parks that will be available to skiers and riders this spring,” said Dave Tragethon, Executive Director of Communications at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. “This is an opportunity not only to take our parks to the next level and give those who ski and ride access to the creative features, unrivaled construction and flow that SPT is known for, but to offer even more value to those who’ve purchased our Spring Pass.”

See the Spring Park Map

Park builders from SPT will assist in the design and construction of the Meadows Spring Park
Park builders from SPT will assist in the design and construction of Meadows Spring Park (SPT photo - Jeff Brockmeyer).

SPT, recognized as the leader in terrain park design and construction, will design the park and work alongside the Mt. Hood Meadows terrain park crew on the build, which is scheduled to begin March 23. The Spring Park will be accessed from the upper mountain near the top of Vista Express, and will feature medium and large features geared toward more advanced skiers and riders as it descends 1,000 vertical feet for a total flow of 4,600 feet.

“While Mt. Hood Meadows has a history of constructing terrain parks that cater to varying ability levels, our goal is to work alongside their crew to assist in taking their medium and large parks to the next level,” said Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson, owner and president of SPT. “For my team, this is a cool opportunity to take an entirely new mountain canvas and create one of the most progressive terrain parks that will be offered at a resort this season.”

For more information about Mt. Hood Meadows or Snow Park Technologies, or to follow the progress of the construction of the Spring Park, continue to visit the Meadows Blog, www.snowparktech.com, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meadowsparks or www.facebook.com/snowparktech.

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About Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Mt. Hood Meadows is the largest and most popular resort on Oregon’s Mt. Hood. The legendary terrain features some the most fun, varied and challenging trails in the Northwest, making Meadows a natural terrain park. Meadows has been building innovative freestyle features for parks and freestyle events since the Wide Open halfpipe event almost 30 years ago, and currently Meadows Parks crew designs, builds and maintains up to seven park and pipe venues. For more information visit the resort website or follow on the resort’s Facebook pages: facebook.com/MeadowsParks or facebook.com/MtHoodMeadows, Twitter @MtHoodMeadows and Instagram @MtHoodMeadows.

About Snow Park Technologies
Snow Park Technologies (SPT) is the world’s leading consulting team for special projects on snow. SPT’s wide range of expertise includes designing and building some of the most renowned resort terrain parks and halfpipes; high-profile ski and snowboard competition courses; and countless on-snow productions. SPT also provides event production services, sport organizing and marketing services aimed at youth categories. The SPT team is a collection of the most experienced and talented freestyle park and pipe innovators in the world, whose dedication and passion for snow sports has redefined the winter landscape and what is possible on snow. For more information, visit SPT’s website at http://www.snowparktech.com and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/snowparktech, Twitter @snowparktech and Instagram @snowparktech.

Media Contacts:
Dave Tragethon, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, (971) 373-8111, dave.tragethon@skihood.com

Jess VanPernis Weaver, Snow Park Technologies, (530) 448-6981, jess@snowparktech.com

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