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Mt Hood Meadows Offers New Southside Pass Package

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MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort has introduced more Oregonians to the sports of skiing and snowboarding than any other resort. This season, Meadows is offering a special season pass for those learning the sport, that also includes three 2 hour lessons and unlimited equipment rentals for the entire season for just $299!

The terrain serviced by the Vista Express high speed quad is included in the new South Side Pass at Mt. Hood Meadows. The terrain serviced by the Vista Express High Speed Quad is included in the new Southside season pass at Mt. Hood Meadows for just $289! Add $10 and receive unlimited equipment rentals plus three beginner 2 hour lessons.

The “Southside Pass Beginner Package” includes lift access to four of the resort’s chairlifts - Vista Express, Daisy, Easy Rider and Buttercup; plus the Ballroom Carpet over the snow conveyer and a new rope tow in the Shipyard rail park. The lifts serve some of the most popular terrain at the resort, a great amount of beginner and intermediate runs. 


This package will be especially attractive to lower level or first timers, according to Ski and Snowboard School Director Chris Kastner, who notes, "Most of the beginners we teach are ready to move beyond the Buttercup lift by their second day in a lesson. This Southside Pass allows them to progress at their own rate, opening up intermediate and even more advanced terrain. We expect to see tremendous progression and advancement thanks to this innovative product." The Southside Pass package for ages 4 - 12 that includes unlimited equipment rentals and three lessons is $349. The additional price is due to the guaranteed smaller class size for younger guests. 

The innovative design of the Southside Pass is made possible by the RFID gate technology Meadows installed three seasons ago. The pass carries the access to those specific lifts, so passholders can easily and conveniently board the lifts included in the package.  

New Southside Pass gives beginners a season pass with unlimited equipment rentals and three lessons!


Meadows has the largest ski school in Oregon, with certified professionals and a vast amount of experience in introducing New Adventurers to skiing and snowboarding. The resort’s “Buttercup” beginner chairlift services the gradual terrain where first time lessons are conducted. Meadows also has Mt. Hood’s only enclosed over the conveyer called “The Ballroom Carpet” which gives new adventurers a fun uphill experience. Most ski areas rely on the traditional “rope tow” which tend to wear out beginners being pulled up the hill.

3 Time Passport - $139 (age 13 & older) / ($99 purchased in advance online)
Includes three days – Southside lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. Any three days, no reservations required.
* The 3 Time Passport can be purchased at select Hood River lodging properties for just $99. It’s a great way to use a winter vacation to learn a sport you’ll enjoy a lifetime!

3 Time Night Passport - $99 (age 13 and older)
Includes three evenings – 3 – 9 PM Southside lift tickets, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals each day. Any three nights (Wednesday – Sunday evenings), no reservations required.

One Day Beginner Package - $75 at the ski resort (age 13 and older)
Includes a Southside lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals. Purchase these lessons online in advance for $65. Adult Lessons
* A second two hour lesson can be added for just $20.
* The one day beginner package can be purchased at Costco in the Portland area for just $49.
* From opening through December 19 Meadows offers a 2 for 1 adult beginner special for ages 13 and older. It must be purchased online @ SkiHood.com by December 15. 

Night Beginner Package - $50 (age 13 and older, offered Wednesday – Sunday Evenings)
Includes a Buttercup 3 – 9 PM beginner lift ticket, 2 hour lesson and equipment rentals.

Twilight Kids Club - $80 age 7 – 12 / $90 age 4 - 6
Twilight Kids Club is offered Saturdays and Sundays. Parents receive 1 free adult 3pm – close lift ticket for each child enrolled in Twilight Club. Kids are supervised from 3 PM – 7 PM with a two hour on snow lesson offered in between. Dinner is included for the kids. Equipment rentals are just $20 for kids in the Club.

Youth Daily Lessons Age 4 to 14
Mt. Hood Meadows offers kids lessons every day - presented in 2 hour (half day) or 4 hour (full day) formats. Kids are grouped together by age and ability and coached by our best PSIA Certified Instructors.