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8th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim Saturday

Sno-Kona Pond Skim Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows
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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.

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.

 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.

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

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.