Mt. Hood Meadows is making preparations to begin Night operations as early as this Friday, December 15, depending on conditions.
Ever wonder why cruising down the slopes in the sunshine makes you feel so good? The many benefits of sunlight is presented in a recent LifeHack.org article.
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Our Snow Dance Instagram contest proved that some people are willing to do almost anything to get a Golden Ticket!
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With a base area snow depth of thirteen inches and not enough substantial snow in the two-day forecast, Mt. Hood Meadows won’t be running lifts this holiday weekend. The ski area will wait for new snow (expected next week) to prep the mountain for an eminent opening of its 50th anniversary season.
The Winter Weather Forecast was presented at the 25th Annual American Meteorological Society meeting at OMSI Saturday. One after another local meteorologists confirmed that we’re heading towards a weak La Nina this winter and that means a good snow season - possibly even more than last year!
On the heels of a near record breaking El Nino winter season, the most recent NOAA forecast for the 2017/18 ski season is shifting toward La Niña.
HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The community is offering support for the search and rescue teams who spent hundreds of combined hours looking for a missing skier on Mt. Hood. Crews suspended the search for Steve Leavitt, 57, of The Dalles on Saturday, shifting their efforts over to a recovery.
Rain will affect our lift operations today as the lower mountain is very soggy. HRM will be closed to public today and we don’t expect any higher mountain lifts either. Lifts will run from 9 AM - 4 PM today. Midweek bus programs have been postponed. The good news is the forecast says freezing levels drop overnight for new snow on Friday, in time for Meadows after Dark with 9 AM - 9 PM hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
We are assisting in a search effort today for a missing skier at Mt. Hood Meadows. Here is information released by the Hood River County Sheriff's office, which is coordinating the search:
Our gated access areas (Heather Canyon / Private Reserve) will be closed today due to extreme conditions.
It’s the season that keeps on giving - month after month after month of endless powder days, face shots and white outs. Enjoy the video shot by Hette Olyano (on his phone) with Nate Turner storm riding and enjoying the freshies.
With yet another winter storm raging (having already dropped two-and-a-half feet of powder), Mt. Hood Meadows has announced Spring Passes will become valid beginning March 10.
This has been a remarkable weather pattern this week for Heather Dreams.
Longtime locals are having a hard time remembering a season when the powder has been so good. The latest storm has brought 28 inches of powder, and the storm continues today.
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What do you know - it's another holiday weekend and the conditions are superb - arguably the best they have been in decades. With the all this new snow, and the likelihood of blue skies this weekend, we expect our parking lots will be reaching capacity Saturday and Sunday. We are taking action by encouraging more of our team to carpool and utilize the employee shuttles we provide. We encourage our guests to do the same.
Mt. Hood Meadows has some of the best powder conditions on the planet right now. Seriously. It’s deep and feather light. And while the powder is plentiful, delightful and fun to play in, you need to be aware and take precautions to enjoy safely these primo conditions.
The weekend is upon us, and with all the snow in the forecast we want to help you prepare for your trip up to the mountain to make you as successful as possible!
The long-awaited storm that was supposed to arrive before Thanksgiving, has landed squarely on Mt. Hood Meadows. It’s dropped a foot-and-a-half of light powder, which delighted those seeking their first powder plunges of the new season. With this snow and a forecast for more - we are moving into daily operations.
Mt. Hood Meadows announced it intends to continue daily operations Monday pending receiving more snow from a major storm forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
Maybe Oregon skiers should pay homage to Father Thanksgiving instead of Father Christmas, because this is when we want to be gifted with cold, fluffy delight. To coin a phrase that many of you may hope to never hear or read again, Old Man Turkey is delivering the goods over Thanksgiving weekend. This is going to turn into a really memorable start to what she be an extremely memorable ski season in the Northwest.
Everyone wants to know “When are you going to open?” And our reply is always, “As soon as we have enough snow and a forecast that lets us sustain a quality experience for our guests.” However....
A winter storm warning is developing into its full potential and Mt. Hood Meadows is being blasted with wind driven snow this evening. The storm moved in this morning and by noon there was a couple of inches of new snow. But the storm picked up in intensity in the afternoon and was dropping snow at up to 2 inches / hour by early evening.
Our local meteorologists have weighed in and sized up the winter forecast, saying odds are we should see more snow than normal on Mt. Hood. Good for Hood - great for skiers and snowboarders.
It’s early in the season and we’re already getting pummeled with winter storms. Local forecasters expect more precip and cold temperatures with an above average snowpack on Mt. Hood this season!
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Meadows will operate lifts for three more days - this weekend May 7 and 8, and then a final day Saturday May 14 and there’s a special $49 lift ticket ($20 for ages 7 - 14 and 65 - 74).
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!
With deep, light, bottomless powder comes great delight - but also great responsibility.
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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!
December 18 Shooting Star Lift Repair Complete Scheduled to Run Saturday
Kudos to our mountain team. Repairs have been completed on Shooting Star and the lift is scheduled to run Saturday. There may be a delayed opening due to all the storm recovery to be performed but we do expect Star to operate Saturday.
It was a powder filled opening for Mt. Hood Meadows Friday. With a foot-and-a-half of virgin powder awaiting, on the first official day of the season, snow enthusiasts plunged into thigh deep powder pockets happily enduring the slap across the face of December powder. These photos were taken Saturday by Grant Myrdal Photography.
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MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows will begin daily operations for the 2015/16 season Friday. Meadows has received nearly a foot-and-a-half of new snow in the last 36 hours from a major powder making Northwest storm. The resort reports a 22-inch base at the 5500 foot base area level, and more than four feet at the 6200 foot level. Forecasts say the storm could drop a foot or more through the weekend.
We want to thank everyone who came up to enjoy our seven preview days this early season. Now the big question is, when will the season begin? And the answer is ...
The day started out with four or five inches of fresh snow frosting the slopes of Meadows. Mt. Hood Express ran for the first day this season, so that meant virgin snow, virgin powder on virgin terrain. With snow continuing through the day it was Friday freshies for everyone! Enjoy the video! With more snow in the forecast it's only going to get better this weekend!
Riders: Caressa Binion, Kyle Skutch, Tracy Thomsen, Pierce Hodges
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- Current storm building a solid base for the season
- Mt. Hood Express quad scheduled to access for more runs
- Special lift ticket pricing for "Final" preview
Thanks to a lumbering early season storm Meadows will offer what officials believe will be a final preview weekend this Friday through Sunday. The storm has dropped wet heavy snow, perfect for base building and enough for the resort to operate the Mt. Hood Express high speed quad along with two other lifts and the Ballroom Carpet conveyer from 9 AM - 4 PM each day.
More than 500 snow enthusiasts took advantage of an early opening of the Buttercup lift Saturday, a special preview day Meadows presented as part of the Pray for Snow Party. The preview was made possible by the enormous snow harvesting efforts Meadows has pioneered, making it possible to offer a limited experience with just ten inches of snow depth in the base area.
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We thought you'd enjoy a birds-eye view of the storm at Meadows. It's been snowing hard all afternoon and there's a pulse of storms forecast this week. It's a favorable weather system, hopefully one that will build our base and let us start the season!
Weather Advisory and Outlook for Snow
Even before it started snowing you could feel the change in the air. That shiver up the spine feeling is more than cooler temperatures, it was the anticipation of seeing the first snowflakes that stick. Perhaps these are the ones we will be building a base out of for the rest of the season?
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"Here is a plot of the difference of precipitation from normal for the past month. Precipitation has been ABOVE NORMAL over more than half of the State, with some portions (north Cascades and Olympics) being hugely above normal. This is not a drought pattern." - Cliff Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Early season snow has begun to fall from Mt. Hood to Mt. Bachelor getting winter enthusiasts around the state (and country!) a buzz for another year of winter fun. Matt Zaffino, KGW Chief Meteorologist provided Ski Oregon and partners a long range winter forecast of what to expect in the coming months.
- 35 years of data shows strong El Ninos produce 96% of average snow season accumulation
- The 82/83 season a strong El Nino dumped 623” at Meadows!
- Addressing Climate Change While Optimizing Offerings
Mt. Hood, Ore. The season for winter fun in Oregon, and along the entire west coast, is shifting as climate trends point to less snowpack and warmer days.
Mt. Hood Meadows recognizes a challenge in the rising global temperature and also opportunities through innovation to keep the winter fun season going while also diversifying activities for all seasons.
Mt. Hood Meadows winds up the season with three bonus days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lifts are scheduled from 9 AM - 4 PM each day, and the weather is looking spectacular for sunshine and spring conditions.
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A budding April storm has dropped more than ten inches of light snow at Mt. Hood Meadows, delighting powder hounds. It’s the finest kind, and enthusiasts received a bonus treat as Cascade Express - the resort’s highest lift, was opened for the first time since the storm blew in. Fresh tracks with refills were served up in the morning, with cloud breaks and the storm offering a sunny reprieve by midday.
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A seasonful of waiting and anticipating a powder day was released on the slopes at Meadows today.
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A late winter storm is welcoming spring to Mt. Hood Meadows. The storm slowly rolled in over the weekend, and really hit the mountain today, dumping more than half a foot of snow on the upper mountain. The storm is expected to continue through the night potentially dropping a foot or more at Meadows.
"It doesn't get much better than this! I can't believe we hadn't gotten up here sooner." is the perfect quote by Brad Calahan describing this season of skiing on Mount Hood.
Mt. Hood Meadows’ innovative snow farming and slope maintenance techniques have literally built a base for a season that has been so stingy with natural snow, and topped it off with delightful groomed corduroy. See how they are able to make such an excellent product.
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Take a few runs with the Director of Mountain Operations Tom Scully to see how great the conditions are this holiday weekend.
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Meadows reaffirms the resort will be open daily for President's Weekend AND continue operations through the season.
Isn't it amazing how just a little bit of snow can make such a huge difference? Richard Hallman photo.
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- Winter storm drops 3 inches of new snow
- Forecast says up to a foot could fall by Tuesday
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Mt. Hood Meadows will be limiting lifts to Mt. Hood Express (9 AM - 4 PM) and Buttercup (9 AM - 9 PM) and Daisy (4 PM - 9 PM) for Friday and offering a special $39 9 AM - 4 PM lift ticket and a $20 3 - 9 PM Friday evening ticket.
January 25. And the temperature in the base area reached 58 degrees. Really? Check the calendar - it must be JUNEuary. And you know what that means. All out, wall to wall, fantabulous corduroy - acres and acres for your carving pleasure.
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Mt. Hood Meadows is enjoying some relatively mild weather compared to traditional Januarys, and according to resort officials, guests are enjoying it. Nicknamed “Juneuary” mountain enthusiasts should prepare themselves with sun screen and sun glasses for some spring like hero snow this week.
This season has been a wacky ride on the weather roller coaster. The MLK holiday storm dropped 5 - 12 inches of snow heading into the weekend, and then left us with a half foot of primo powder for MLK Monday.
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- OnTheSnow.com says Meadows 16" in last 24 hours leads the continent
- Resort receives 31" since Saturday and is hitting it's holiday stride
- Open daily 9 AM - 9 PM for the holidays and until Midnight New Year's Eve
MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – More snow fell at Mt. Hood Meadows in a 24 hour period ending this morning than at any ski resort in North America, according to OnTheSnow.com. Meadows received 16" of fresh, light powder the past 24 hours from a storm that has dumped 31" since Saturday. The resort now has a 46" snow depth in the base area and is set for the holidays.
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort announced it is making every effort to open for the season Monday, with limited lift operations. Due to an improving weather forecast, that now shows Sunday’s rain may be changing to snow earlier than originally forecast, the resort is readying for operations on Monday.
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort will offer limited lift operations Saturday, with the Buttercup lift scheduled from 9 AM - 4 PM. The current storm has dropped about 4 inches of new snow, and with snow harvesting and snow making efforts the resort expects to have a pathway of snow on the Buttercup run Saturday. A Buttercup lift ticket will be $29. The Buttercup Jib Park will also offer rails for freestyling.
Despite our best efforts, Mt. Hood Meadows is putting lift operations on hold, until more snow falls. The resort had been operating the Buttercup lift and a jib park on an 11” base, supplemented by snow making and harvesting. The forecast for 4 - 7 inches of snow Monday didn’t materialize, and as such we will wait for new snow before continuing lift operations.
Anticipation - the freezing level is taking it’s sweet time dropping. We are expecting snow but it won’t accumulate soon enough for us to prepare for Saturday. Our snow harvesting crews are standing by to move what we can in anticipation of Sunday operations. We will keep you apprised here on this blog and our conditions page as we start accumulating and ultimately transporting snow. What lifts, how much will be open and hours of operation are dependent on the snowfall, and we’ll update as soon as it is determined, most likely by early Saturday afternoon. Thanks for your patience and think snow!
Special Weather Statement
The first significant snow of the season blanketed Meadows with 10 inches of fresh snow over the weekend.
The weather experts presented at the Oregon AMS winter weather forecast event at OMSI today. See why they think it will be a good winter for snow enthusiasts on Mt. Hood this season!
The first snow of the season always provides a thrill with its chill. And while it won't last but a few days, it sure gets us stoked for the season!
While Mother Nature wasn't kind to us in the early season, an innovative snow hauling trailer designed and built by our grooming and vehicle maintenance crews built our base for a Thanksgiving weekend opening.