Oregon Businesses Call for State Action on Climate Change
“Tackling action on climate is one of the greatest economic opportunities of the 21st Century”
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has joined over 70 Oregon businesses, including Adidas, eBay, Moda Health, NIKE, Inc. and Portland Trailblazers today issued a joint declaration calling for state action on climate change. The Oregon Business Climate Declaration highlights opportunities to spur local economic development and job creation while curbing carbon pollution.
“Climate change. We have all heard about it for some time, and depending on where we sit on our planet, we are now starting to see its effects,” said Robert Gootee, president and CEO of Moda, Inc. and a founding member of Northwest Business for Climate Action. “We are blessed to live in one of our world’s most special places; it is time for us as Oregonians to lead on this important issue."
"Mt. Hood Meadows is proud to be among the original signatories on the Declaration," stated Mt. Hood Meadows spokesman Dave Tragethon, noting that Meadows was also a founding member of the National Ski Areas Association sustainable slopes initiative and Environmental Charter for ski areas. "Sustainability is a core value of our company and we encourage the Oregon business community to help create a healthy climate through innovation and making smart choices about clean energy. It's important, not just for our company and the obvious connection to winter recreation activities, but for all businesses." Meadows sustainable efforts are partially listed on its environmental commitment page.
The Oregon Business Climate Declaration states:
“There is a clear and present need for action on climate to protect our region’s natural assets, its vibrant communities and its growing economy. We business leaders of the Pacific Northwest endorse the Climate Declaration because we support using energy efficiently, investing in cleaner fuels, advancing renewable energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Starting today, right here, the Pacific Northwest can lead the way. We can create a healthy climate and a strong, more resilient economy, by fostering innovation, advancing public health, spurring economic development through job creation and speeding technological advancement throughout our region.”
The declaration comes as more and more business leaders nationwide are raising concerns over the impact of climate change on the global economy. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer, a hedge-fund manager and philanthropist, recently released a report, Risky Business, which details the economic risks of climate change to U.S. businesses over the next two decades. Mr. Paulson will speak about the findings at Portland City Club on Friday, July 18.
“It’s hard to deny what the researchers and experts are saying about climate change,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers. “Sound environmental stewardship is already an important part of our Trail Blazers culture, and a point of pride for us as an Oregon-based company. We are pleased to join with other Oregon businesses who are ready to take action; innovate new solutions; and preserve the health and economic vitality of our communities.”
“Tackling climate change by making smart choices about clean energy and clean fuels, and reducing harmful impacts is essential to maintaining our way of life and remaining economically competitive as a state,” said Eve Callahan, SVP of corporate communications for Umpqua Bank. “Oregon is uniquely positioned to innovate in this area while creating jobs that advance our state’s and region’s economy.”
Business leaders from the signatory companies encourage other businesses to join them and sign the Oregon Business Climate Declaration by going to: climatedeclaration.us/oregon
The Oregon Business Climate Declaration is a companion to the Climate Declaration launched in 2013 by Ceres, a nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, and its business network, Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP). The Climate Declaration has more than 800 signatories nationwide. You can see the full list of national companies here and the Oregon companies here.
- Uphill Challenge Mountain Run on August 16
- Kids Day Camp on August 23
- Scenic chairlift and BBQ lunch offered each day
MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – For the first time in it’s 46-year history, Mt. Hood Meadows will present summer events at the resort. The inaugural “Mt. Hood Meadows Uphill Challenge” – a 1.2 mile running (or walking) event will be presented August 16. And a Kids Day Camp featuring outdoor activities and education will be presented August 23.
The opportunity to offer summer events was brought about by a recent U.S. Forest Service directive to bolster summer use and promote recreation-based and financially sustainable year-round activities and tourism at ski resorts on public land.
Mt. Hood Meadows President and CEO Matthew Drake is excited about the opportunity to offer summer events and recreation. “Since the Forest Service guidelines were released in April, we’ve been working closely with the Mt. Hood National Forest specifically to get a summer operational plan approved. These first two events are indicative of the direction we want to take our summer events and activities, offering recreation, social, competitive and educational experiences to our guests. We are looking forward to growing our operational and events schedule in the future to offer a wider spectrum of developed recreation and educational opportunities that will encourage more people to enjoy Mt. Hood Meadows year-round.”
In addition to the two events, Meadows will operate the Stadium chair for scenic chairlift rides, and offer a BBQ on the Sun Deck on those two days.
Mt. Hood Meadows Uphill Challenge August 16
The inaugural Mt. Hood Meadows Uphill Challenge will be run Saturday, August 16. The 1.2 mile course starts at the resort’s main parking lot and will finish at the top of the Stadium chairlift – a 621 foot elevation gain. The course will follow a gravel mountain road – it is not a mountain obstacle course. Following the finish competitors will ride the Stadium chair down (alleviating the knee punishment downhill running can cause.)
Course records will be kept for each age category – starting at ages 5 to 9, and increasing by 5 years all the way to 100+. All records will be up for grabs this first year in both male and female categories. Prize money will be awarded for the fastest overall Male and Female finishers. The race starts at 10 AM, but registration and bib pick up opens at 8 AM.
Advance registration is $20 for ages 15 and older, $10 for 14 years and younger, and includes the race and chairlift ride. Competitors can REGISTER ONLINE through August 14. After that day of registration will be $5 more.
The Stadium chair will operate for scenic rides that day from 10 AM – 2 PM (at $10 a ride) and the Sun Deck BBQ will be open from 11 AM – 2 PM, offering brats, hot dogs, tofu dogs, beer and wine and other refreshments for sale.
Kids Day Camp August 23
The Kids Day Camp presents a fun, outdoor-active and educational experience designed for ages 6 to 12. The camp will run from 11 AM – 3 PM and includes education on native plants and wildlife, games, art projects, a chairlift ride, interpretive trail hike and lunch.
The entire day is just $25 which must be PURCHASED ONLINE in advance here.
Meadows will operate the Stadium lift from 10 AM – 2 PM and lunch on the Sun Deck BBQ from 12:30 – 3:00 PM. A special lift and lunch package can be ADVANCE PURCHASED ONLINE (by August 20) for just $15, saving $5 off the day of price for the package. Day of scenic chairlift ride will be $10.
For more information on Mt. Hood Meadows summer events visit the resort website SkiHood.com, or call 503.337.2222 x1222.
Apparently, a good number of our pass holders are very active on fair weather weekends. These activities have taken them away from their computers and, for those renewing, last year's RFID pass, preventing them from renewing or purchasing their pass.
We are receiving high call volumes and emails from our guests regarding next year’s season pass purchase, and particularly renewals. Our renewal process requires that the pass holder have the RFID media # (to assure the correct pass is loaded with next year’s access).
To accommodate them, as well as any guests having technical issues with their purchase, we will extend the May pricing on our website through Monday, June 2. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO OUR STORE.
We appreciate all those guests who were able to make their purchase and renewal by this original deadline. But we also want to be responsive to those guests who need our assistance.
Have a great weekend but make sure you get your pass price Locked-In or make your purchase by Monday!
You asked. We listened. Check out what we’ve got planned for next winter in the Meadows Parks!
Shipyard Rope Tow – This summer, we’ll install a rope tow at Shipyard so you can take lap after lap in our rail park. It’s always the first winter rail park to open on Hood, and it’s included with your Meadows season pass.
Winter Flow Park – Our Spring Park collaboration with Snow Park Technologies was a huge success; largely because it offered a next level park riding experience with creative features that flowed from one to the next, and was serviced by one high-speed lift. Next season, you’ll be able to ride a unique combination of features (accessed by Shooting Star) that flow and offer the same fun, challenging experience Spring Park featured – all season long.
Our parks plan for next season will include features in The Zoo, Fireweed, and Shipyard, as well as construction of the 18-foot Superpipe, some seasonal banked slalom and boarder cross courses, Forest Park and the new Winter Flow Park on Shooting Star. This configuration of parks best utilizes our terrain and will offer you a wide variety of features, and a unique riding experience. We're stoked!
I just wanted to drop you a brief note to thank you for the best alpine season I’ve had. You folks earned my tremendous respect and appreciation with your insightful management of the “new skier funnel”.
By way of background I’ve been a snowboarder for almost 30 years, and never really learned to ski. Having decided to get my youngest child (3 1/2 years) into skiing this year, I decided that dad should learn, too. Because of the incredibly well-timed and smartly-incentivized engagement engagement from your team, I went from never having skied before to purchasing a season’s pass (my first ever) and getting more days on the mountain this season than I have the past five years of snowboarding combined (20+ days). Your partners at Rossignol might be also interested to know that because of your rental fleet I ended up purchasing Rossignol boots and skis, even after demo’ing other brands.
I just wanted to thank you and your staff for a great season and for staying open as long as you did for those of us who wanted to enjoy ski season as long as possible. I know it becomes a bit of an economic balancing act as people stop coming in large numbers late in the year but we enjoyed all the bonus days this year and are already looking forward to next season! Also, thanks for not only holding the line on passes but rewarding those of us who are loyal with a bit of a discount for next year! I went ahead and just pre-paid the whole amount as a way of saying thanks and am already looking forward to next season. Enjoy your summer and thanks again from a loyal Meadows skier since 1971!
MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort and Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom celebrate the last day of mountain operations with a free music festival on the sundeck of Mt. Hood Meadows main lodge. The Season’s End Beer and Music Fest will be presented Saturday May 17th, with lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 2 PM, and music from 11 AM - 5 PM.
“We’re excited about throwing the free party for our guests to celebrate the end of this extraordinary season” said Meadows Executive Director of Communications Dave Tragethon. “Our friends at Double Mountain are bringing this fabulous line-up of music at no charge to our guests. We hope everyone will come up, get some runs in early and enjoy the afternoon on the deck listening to some awesome music.”
For those wanting to ski or snowboard, Meadows has some online exclusive offers: a lift pass and $20 Double Mountain gift card for just $49 (or $59 with equipment rentals). Lift tickets will also be available for purchase at the ticket window for $49. For those not hitting the slopes the concert is free.
The energetic musical line-up includes Columbia Gorge based bluegrass/roots band Green Neck Daredevils, Portland based power trio The Quick and Easy Boys, and a much anticipated performance by the Bad Livers. Acclaimed for their innovative style and musicianship the Bad Livers have maintained a devout following of roots/bluegrass fans since the early 90’s. In 2007 they were awarded the honor of being inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and have been attributed to paving the way for the resurgence of old old-time and bluegrass music of today. Although they disbanded in 2000, the Bad Livers have selectively performed gigs over the last few years pleasing fans and music critics alike.
The Season’s End Beer and Music Fest will also include a variety of food from the Mt. Hood Meadows Sun Deck Grill along with Double Mountain beer for purchase. A wide variety of Double Mountain beer will be on tap including their seasonal Pilsner, a new never released IPA, and a number of other surprise beer selections from the Double Mountain Taproom.
For the kids, Helping Hands Oregon will have tattoos, a cotton candy machine, a photo booth, golfing, clown toss, bike wheel spin, hula hoop contest, and tic-tac-toe in the snow. There will be a $5.00 all-day access charge for the kids area, with all proceeds going to the Helping Hands charity. Face painting will also be offered (for a small fee).
About Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR. Founders Matt Swihart and Charlie Devereux opened the brewery with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Double Mountain Brewery’s unique location lends to not only using pure and clean glacial runoff water for their beers, but they also take advantage of regionally grown hops. Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom’s unfiltered and long-aged beers deliver maximum flavor and character. They can be found on tap and bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Learn more at www.doublemountainbrewery.com.
Due to weather, the Friday and Saturday Superpark webcasts (scheduled from 1 – 3 PM) have been moved to Saturday and Sunday (1 – 3 PM). These will be viewable on the Snowboardermag.com web site.
Saturday will be the webcast from the features on Shooting Star. Sunday will be the webcast from the base area Woodward rail park.
Our exhibition has also been moved from Saturday to Sunday.
The BBQ should be going on the deck, we’ll have a DJ and the pros will be putting on a show for all to see. It’s a great opportunity for our guests to see the pros and get a behind the scenes glimpse of this major production.
Now - what you really want to see - Day 1 action from Superpark 18! Here’s the video from Snowboardmag.com and it is epic!
Over 500 of the most elite snowboard park riders and builders in the galaxy are again expanding the boundaries of terrain in trickery during the 18th iteration of SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s legendary Superpark session!
From the 7th to the 11th of May, 2014, Mount Hood Meadows, Oregon will provide the setting for what is regarded annually as the most progressive showcase of next-level snowboarding talent. According to SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s Creative Director Pat Bridges, “There is nothing stock about Superpark. The terrain is more challenging, tricks more innovative, and depth of talent significantly deeper than you will see at any other contest or photo shoot in the world of snowboarding. Frank April, Scott Stevens, Jessica Kimura, Sebastién Toutant, Jamie Lynn, Chris Roach, Dan Brisse, Louif Paradis, Danny Kass…the list of icons confirmed for Superpark 18 is all-time.”
While Mount Hood Meadows is making its debut as a Superpark host they are joined in the venue creation by the seasoned terrain park creators from Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Keystone, Colorado and Woodward Camps, with the latter team being comprised of all-star snowcat operators from Boreal, California, Park City, Utah, Killington, Vermont, and Copper Mountain, Colorado. “We are honored to host SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s Superpark 18,” said Tom Scully, Mount Hood Meadows Director of Mountain Operations. “This event will showcase some of the nation’s top terrain park builders and riders on our unique and beautiful terrain. We are proud to partner with SNOWBOARDER Magazine to continue our long history of hosting outstanding freestyle events such as this.”
Superpark is an invite only media event so there won't be public access to the park. However, the Woodward Plaza - an urban rail park - will be constructed right in the base area offering Meadows guests and visitors the opportunity to see these talented riders up close and in action. "This is a unique aspect of Superpark 18," says Dave Tragethon, Meadows Executive Director of Communication. "Previous Superparks have been totally isolated as it is a private media event, and so no public observation was available. This urban rail set up being sessioned throughout the event, right in our base area will provide guests a rare chance to see snowboardings top athletes." Saturday, May 10th a special rail jam exhibition will be presented in conjunction with the Woodward Webcast from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. We'll have a DJ spinning and several sponsor tents will add to the vibe for the awesome event.
For the second year in a row, SNOWBOARDER Magazine is bringing this exclusive spectacle to the masses with Superpark 18: The Webcast presented by Woodward. Super fans can get closer to the action than ever before by going online and watching two Superpark sessions live in real time. Superpark 18: The Webcast will stream from 1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, May 9th and Saturday May 10th on www.snowboardermag.com. SNOWBOARDER’s own Tom “T. Bird” Monterosso will be providing both color commentary and off-color commentary alongside veteran play-by-play pundit Preston Strout, as they are joined daily by a handful of special guests, while keeping the online Superpark viewers entertained and up to speed with all of the action. While viewable from any computer with web access or any active mobile device, anyone who can't tune in during the live webcast can watch each day’s replay in its entirety at snowboardermag.
In addition to Superpark 18: The Webcast, SNOWBOARDER will be producing daily recaps and video edits from Mount Hood Meadows featuring POV footage shot with Sony Action Cams, so keep checking back to snowboardermag.com and follow @snowboardermag and #Superpark18 on Instagram.
The global market leader for snow grooming vehicles, Pisten Bully, has entered into a partnership with SNOWBOARDER Magazine to be the official snowcat supplier to Superpark 18 where they will be debuting their brand new 400 Park Pro machine.
Superpark 18 marks the 9th time SNOWBOARDER has collaborated with Gatorade to gather the resources to make this progression-fueled gathering happen.
is entering its 26th year of documenting the sport of snowboarding. Since day one, SNOWBOARDER has been the inspiration for riders to go out and shred, indulge in their passion, and progress their skills. The name says it all: If you’re a snowboarder, then SNOWBOARDER is for you. The magazine is part of Source Interlink's GrindMedia that reaches more than two million active sports enthusiasts each month through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events, and television programming. www.snowboardermag.com
About Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Mount Hood Meadows is the largest and most popular resort on Oregon’s Mt. Hood. The legendary terrain features some of 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.
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 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 www.pnsaa.org to link to the website of your favorite mountain.