The trajectory of this storm has been amazing - dumping 42 inches since Sunday evening. it has intensified snowing at a rate of two inches an hour - accumulating 14 inches in the last 12 hours and 22 inches in the last 24 hours.
Mt. Hood Express Scheduled for Thursday!
For the first time in our 55 year history, Mt. Hood Meadows opened for the season on a Tuesday. That’s just the way the snow fell and when it comes to falling snow, Meadows definitely makes the most of it, as did a modest crowd that turned out for first turns.
More lifts and terrain on the way
Mt. Hood Meadows will open the 2022/23 season Tuesday in the midst of a major winter storm that has dumped nearly a foot and a half of snow the last 24 hours. It will be a soft opening - with Daisy, Buttercup, Easy Rider chairlifts and the Ballroom Carpet providing access to groomed beginner and intermediate terrain.
See you Tuesday! Details
While we would have preferred to be running lifts this holiday weekend, there is still much to be thankful for.
Chris David Kastner our Resort Services Director passed away this month while trying to battle back from a debilitating stroke. We remember his leadership, camaraderie and friendship.
While we’ve been able to preserve much of the 17 inches of snow that fell two weeks ago, it's not enough to get us open this weekend. We currently have a 16 inch snow depth in the base area with 24 inches at mid-mountain. We still need to make it through some warming weather this week, but the ten day forecast is once again looking very promising.
We remain optimistic - here's why!
With no new snow forecast until next week – it is unlikely that we will have a preview day or weekend. Our focus remains on opening for the season Friday, November 25.
Here's what we're looking at for opening
The first major winter storm to hit the Cascades this season lived up to expectations, depositing 17 inches of snow in the base area over the weekend. The storm slammed into the mountain Friday. A potential eight feet of snow turns into 17 inches - but we'll take it!
When will Meadows Open? Find out more ...
Liability releases are not new to the ski industry - Mt. Hood Meadows has required those taking lessons or renting equipment to sign a liability release for decades. This season, Meadows will also require those purchasing day tickets to sign a release and offer a $20 opt-out fee for those that don’t want to sign the release .
What is "Bifurcation" - and why now?
The 30th Annual Winter Weather Conference was presented by the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at OMSI Saturday. Local meteorologists gave their forecasts for the next six months - using different modeling and comparing to previous seasons.
Dive Deeper into this Snow Story