Meadows offers around 2,750 parking spaces that are located in 3 parking lots - our Main Lot which services the North and South Lodges and our main base area, the Sunrise Lot located along the main access road to our Main Lot, and the Hood River Meadows (HRM) Lot located a mile north of our main access road servicing the Hood River Meadows Skier Services Center, the Hood River Express Lift and our Nordic Center.
Be Prepared & Be Early
Start your morning by checking the tripcheck.com web site, call our snow phone 503.227.SNOW (7669) or check our conditions page for all the current updates. Check out our Driving Trips to prepare yourself for the drive, particularly in snowy weather.
DONT' BE THAT GUY blog about preparing for the winter drive.
The Main Lot
On weekends and holidays, our Main Parking Lot usually closes around 9 AM (if you want to park in the main lot please plan your travels early). The advantage to Main Lot parking is the convenience to all the services in our main lodge - ski school, Children's Learning Center, rentals, restaurants, sport shops, day care, tickets, rest rooms and more.
Oregon Sno-Park Permits - It's How Oregon Accesses Winter Play Areas
Meadows' parking lots require a Sno-Park permit ($5 for the day or $30 for the season) which can be purchased at the resort. You must have a valid Sno-Park permit displayed in the windshield of your vehicle if you park in designated winter recreation parking areas (see a map) between November 1 and April 30. Sno-Park details.
The penalty for parking in a designated area without a permit may result in a fine of $30.
After the Main Lot closes we will direct traffic to the newly paved Sunrise Parking Lot. This parking lot has no services available. Some who have equipment and their ticket or pass choose to take an invigorating half-mile hike up the Sunrise Access Trail to the slopes. Most take a ride on our shuttles which transport you to the front steps of the main lodge. After your day of skiing you can load the bus again in front of the main lodge for a ride back to your car.
Hood River Meadows (HRM) Lot
We also have a satellite parking area at Hood River Meadows (HRM). This parking lot offers easy access to the HRM chairlift and first tracks into Heather Canyon. After both the Main parking lot and Sunrise parking lot are full we will again direct traffic into this lot. However this parking lot is open by 8 AM for our guests that want to park here. You will find the HRM lodge at this location; services included restrooms, Renaissance Café, day use lockers and tickets. Please note that we don’t offer rentals or lessons from this location. Again you will be greeted by Meadows buses that will take you to the main lodge if we have directed you to this parking lot. If you park at HRM please note that you can ski/ride back to your car until 4 PM. After that you can ride the bus that will pick you up from in front of the main lodge and take you back to your car.
We no longer allow parking on the HRM access road due to safety and guest service issues. Please do not try to park along the access road (old habits are hard to break) and always follow the directions of our parking crew. Thanks!
When We Reach Capacity
When all of our lots are filled, we offer shuttling from remote parking lots from the Welches Elementary School in the Mt. Hood Country Store.
Remote Shuttle Parking Information
The long-term solution is to explore additional parking for resort guests. In the meantime there are steps we can take to maximize the parking space we currently have:
- Car Pool - the more people in each vehicle, the less vehicles are needed to take up parking spaces. This will also reduce the amount of carbon emissions created from vehicles traveling to the mountain, so it is a much more sustainable alternative.
- Take the bus - Meadows runs weekend shuttles from Portland, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday buses.
- Park precisely - follow the directions of our parking crew to park exactly where they tell you which will prevent extra unnecesary and wasteful gaps between cars.
- Avoid the obvious peak days - it's usually the first "blue bird' day following fresh snow during a holiday period. Everyone heads to the mountain for freshies.
- Adjust your travel schedule - many guests plan on arriving after noon for Meadows After Dark. They'll usually find Main Lot Parking even on peak days as the morning guests got their turns in and start heading down the mountain, opening up parking spaces.
RV Overnight Parking
14 overnight RV spaces available in our Main Lot - get details here.
Guest Parking Problems? That's What We're Here For!
Contact the Concierge Desk if you have a flat tire, need a jump start or have locked your keys into your car. Our award winning parking staff will help you with these problems.
Please obey and respect all parking staff.