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Meadows promotes long-time team members Mel Toney and Jeremy Evans to mountain leadership positions and welcomes Amanda Kandler as new Director of Finance

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Mel Toney, Jeremy Evans and Amanda Kandler portraits of new leadership positions at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows has promoted two long-time team members to mountain leadership positions. Mel Toney has taken the reins as Director of Mountain Operations and Jeremy Evans is the Director of Fleet Operations. The promotions occurred earlier this season. And the resort welcomes Amanda Kandler as it's new Director of Finance. 

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Meadows purchases two new Pisten Bully 400 snowcats

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Pisten Bully 400 snowcat at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows has purchased two new Pisten Bully snowcats to enhance its state-of-the-art grooming fleet, one of the most advanced in the Northwest. The Pisten Bully 400s are scheduled to arrive next week and will be used for both general all mountain grooming as well as specialized terrain feature construction and maintenance of Meadows Parks.

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Mt. Hood Meadows presents Saturdays on the Mountain in August

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Summer scenic chair lift ride at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows will make Saturdays special this August - offering weekly mountain events combined with a BBQ and summer scenic chair lift rides. Meadows was named for its unique lushness, wetland meadows and fields of wild flowers that come alive in August. The stunning beauty of the permit area is accessible through a series of hiking trails as well as the spectacular Stadium scenic chair ride.

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Are you doing your snow making rituals?

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We are on the verge of a great season - perhaps even the best ever! And while our hearts pound and souls yearn for an exhilarating run down the mountain, we must be patient while nature mounts the storm that eventually will open the mountain. So, what are you doing to expedite this process?

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Paint the Mountain in the Nude

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Hobbyists receive professional guidance to paint their masterpiece of Mt. HoodAs summer runs late, the mountain slowly undresses it’s nighty of snow, revealing its natural beauty beneath. Painters and hobbyists will join together Saturday, August 27 to capture the mountain in all it’s naked glory on canvas. Provocative? Perhaps. But for those attending the splendor of the mountain and their artistry is let loose with a glass of Naked Winery. Inhibition dismissed - now the artist within takes over and creates a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of the mountain.

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Meadows Recognized Nationally for Support of CHILL Program

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Meadows Snow Sports Services Director Chris Kastner and C.E.O. Matthew Drake receive the Burton Chill host resort award from Burton's V.P. of Global Resorts Jeff Boliba.Burton Snowboards Vice President of Global Resorts and Chill Board Member, Jeff Boliba, presented this year's annual Chill Host Mountain Award to Mt. Hood Meadows during the Annual NSAA Conference in Nashville, TN. Each year, Chill recognizes one of its host mountains for the high level of on-snow instruction it gives to Chill participants as well as other support of Chill throughout the season. Thank you for all that you do for Chill!

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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend - and purchase next year's pass by Tuesday for the best deal

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With the holiday weekend upon us we want to encourage you to get outdoors and recreate this weekend. Remember the freedoms we enjoy have been and continue to be paid for by those serving our country and making sacrifices. Let’s make the most of this holiday which is being celebrated to honor our brave and noble service men and women and their families. We present this video tribute in recognition of their service (music from the U.S. Army Band). 

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Season Pass Deals

Skiing more days than your age

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Tom Streit logging one of his 75 days at Meadows this season on Shooting Star Ridge.Did you ski your age this season? We want to thank passholder Tom Streit for contacting us with this great suggestion:

“I am a multi-year season pass holder. I think it would be great if you acknowledged who skied the most days overall and by age group, not including employees. As you see by Track your turns. I skied 75 days and I am 71 years old. It was a great year and I purchased my 2016/2017 pass today!”

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April Freshies and Last Hurrah for HRM

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Fresh snow in April is a treat that many skiers never fully appreciate. Five inches of fresh yesterday means some great wintery conditions today. 

With warmer weather, we’re giving HRM a few days off. Hood River Express and the Hood River Meadows Skier Services Center will not be open Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week, but they are scheduled for this weekend (Saturday and Sunday April 9 and 10). Those will be the last scheduled days of operation at HRM for the season, so hit your favorite lines while you can. We’ll see you up here soon!

Bill McMahon Returns to the Sport he Loves

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Bill McMahon returns to the sport he loves thanks to Mt. Hood Meadows adaptive ski program.Bill McMahon is a long time season pass holder and avid skier. Less than a year ago he suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him bed bound, unable to get up and unable to even talk. The prognosis did not look good. He was admitted to Marquis Centennial a skilled nursing facility for rehab, and just seven months later, Bill returned to the slopes. 

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Mt. Baker Ticket Exchange Great Benefit

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Just wanted to drop you a note saying what a great benefit the Mt Baker lift ticket exchange program is for Mt Hood Meadows season pass holders! A group of four of us spent last midweek up at Mt Baker, and we were all were impressed with the experience. It was as simple as showing our Meadows season pass and photo ID at a ticket window, and they gave us a day ticket. Pretty sweet!

Would love to see this program expanded to other ski resorts.

Again, a great "value added" benefit to Meadows pass holders!


- Jake

Kevin is a Great Instructor

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A huge thank you to my ski instructor, Kevin ( I think his last name started with a H) for making my first downhill ski experience a great one today. His enthusiasm & obvious passion for his sport were obvious and contagious. The entire group of beginners felt good about even tiny amounts of progress with his encouragement. He made it a really fun experience. I will be back for more downhill for sure. Give Kevin a raise!

I might add that my two sons (ages 5 and 11) took snow boarding lessons while I took my ski lesson and they also had a very good experience as well as a lot of fun. We were really impressed with the level of one-on-one attention that the kids received. I do not know the name of their instructors or otherwise would let you know.

We specifically chose Mt Hood Meadows as a place to take lessons as we had asked around and been told that it was the best place to give downhill and snow boarding a go. I have been cross country skiing for 20+ years and was glad to have the chance to give another snow sport a try. We plan to return to Meadows!

Thanks Again!!!

-- Larisa

Michelle and Carver Great Kids Teachers

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Our sons both had lessons on  Sunday, January 24th.  My older son was taking snowboarding with Michelle and my younger son was skiing with Carver.  Both teachers were excellent.  I'd especially like to thank Carver for his patience with our 5 year old, Soren.  Carver was able to help Soren make a lot of progress! Carver also ended up rescuing our family after our car broke down in the parking lot.  He connected us with a family friend so that we could get home to Portland when our car was towed.  Thanks also to the concierge desk staff that kept our suitcase and gear for us during the day.

-- Kim

Praise for Danby at the Ballroom Carpet

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I came out to your Rotary night on 1/18/16, and I want to praise the Ballroom Carpet attendant Danby! For the four hours that I was there (trying to get a hang of snowboarding) he was perfect! He patiently taught everybody how to board the carpet, helped them, encouraged them, praised them. He was the highlight of my evening. Thank you!

-- Angelika

Learning to Snowboard at Mt. Hood Meadows

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Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort - Oregon
Republished with permission from Mimi McFadden -
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The last time I tried snowboarding I didn’t have a lesson, I was silently disappointed in myself that I didn’t give it a true shot. I knew one day I would tackle snowboarding again, but next time with the right mindset. That time came last week when I had the chance to work with Mt. Hood Meadows to learn how to snowboard.

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Blustery Storm Sets Up Dust in the Wind Powder Monday Morning

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Meadows FilmFest winner Jake Woodard should have been listening to Dust in the Wind by Kansas Monday morning, as he shred the powdery slopes at Meadows. The major storm blew in Monday, and he was able to get the best of the light dusty powder before lifts were placed on wind standby in the afternoon. The National Weather Service forecasts another 2 to 3 feet of snow for Meadows through Thursday, a perfect early Christmas present for all of our skiers and snowboarders!


Mark Impressive in Keeping Lift Lines Moving

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Mark who worked Mt. Hood Express Friday is the best ops guy you have had in years. His focus helped get the lift line moving. He was noticeably more on it and It definitely made for more efficient lift lines. He should train everyone at Meadows. While I was not using the singles line, I was also impressed Mark seemingly understood that the singles line should also be the fast lane. Thanks for having great folks like Mark.

Love4Lisa Fundraiser

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Lisa Moulding at the Mazot
Reposted with permission from Dan Kneip and

Lisa Moulding, the popular 34-year-old server at the on-mountain Mazot Eatery at Mt. Hood Meadows, has been diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. Cancer survivor and Mount Hood regular Dan Kneip offers this personal story about Lisa, from his perspective.

Thanks for Keeping it Positive

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MHM has always been a great area. In the past it was a great area run by a construction company. Now it's a great area run by a company that cares about the customers, and it looks like cares about the employees. Didn't get the sense employees were just doing time this past season. They made a point to make the day fun and that is what it's about. That positive attitude reflects management as well as staff.

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A Tribute to Ann Heestand

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Happiness is riding a ski bus with Ann Heestand

Ann Heestand organized the first midweek ladies bus to come to Meadows the year we opened. She eventually went to work for Meadows and grew that midweek program to nearly 1,000 women, riding buses from the Portland metro area Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ann passed away March 19. This essay by Bill Savage is a tribute to Ann and all she did for others.

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Kudos to Kirt and the Race Crew

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I am on the boards of Schnee Vogeli Ski Club and PACRAT and I wanted to thank the whole Meadows team in general and Kirt Davis and the race crew in particular for all you did to keep the hill open and allow us to get our races in this year. It was obviously a very difficult snow year but you were able to provide good, safe race venues for us all year. We are looking forward to a better snow year next year. Thanks again for your efforts.


More Guestimonials

Groomers Deserve Highest Praise

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I just got back from skiing today and I wanted to be sure to give your grooming team (and whoever else was responsible) the highest praise! I simply cannot believe that you all got the mountain into ski-able condition, considering the lack of snow off the groom. Today's conditions exceeded my expectations. Very well done!

-- Kim

Groomers are Super Stars

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I skied yesterday Wed 2/25. What your guys do is nothing short of miraculous to maintain carvable slopes all over the mountain despite lack of new snow, rain and freeze thaw conditions for so long.

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Great Grooming Will Bring Us Back

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Thank you for grooming everything that was groomable!  Even with the warm weather, we had a great day yesterday up on Cascade and over at Shooting Star.  We thought the well-groomed runs and open snowfields made the most of what snow there was.  We're coming back up this weekend and hoping for more of the same.  Well done, grooming team.
-- Kim