Asit Rathod playing in the powder Tuesday at Mt. Hood Meadows (Randy Boverman Photo)
Mt. Hood Meadows has announced it has begun daily operations, two weeks earlier than scheduled. Several La Nina winter storms have dropped six-and-a-half feet of snow on Meadows already this early season, and a major powder maker is forecast to drop several more feet this week. Meadows already reports a 53 inch snow depth at the base and over six feet at mid-mountain.
V.P. of Communications Dave Tragethon declares this the best start to the season in a decade, saying, “Most recently we haven’t had enough snow to offer daily operations until later in the month.
These storms aligned to give us a fast, early start to the season, providing enough snowpack to open even our lowest elevation lift and the Nordic Center. We will preview night operations this weekend and then move into our holiday operating schedule.”
Meadows has operated five of it’s six high speed quads, the final and highest most express lift Cascade will open on the other side of the storm. The current daily lift schedule is 9 AM - 4 PM.
Night Skiing to Begin
A special night preview weekend will be offered this Friday and Saturday evenings December 9 and 10, with lifts operating until 9 PM. Beginning December 16 Meadows moves into it’s holiday schedule with lifts operating from 9 AM - 9 PM every day through January 1, with the exception of December 19, 20 and Christmas Eve when lifts close at 4 PM.
December Scheduled Lift Operating Hours
Nordic Center Opens
The Nordic Center has begun its normal Thursday through Monday operations from 9 AM - 4 PM. The Nordic Center offers 15 KM of groomed trails for skating and traditional striding - we opened with 6.5 KM and plan to add more trails with the new snow we are receiving this week. Nordic rentals equipment and cross country ski lessons are offered daily at the Nordic Center.
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