Kelci Barnes is our Ski Patrol Assistant Manager and wrote this on behalf of our patrol. It will help you understand the efforts that have been made to open gated access terrain, and the inherent dangers that you will find once the terrain is open. Please give it a careful read and as Kelci recommends, if considering entering the terrain once it is open, ski with a buddy, an avalanche transceiver, a probe and a shovel.
We have had an active storm system since we opened on December 12. During the past two weeks, we’ve received over 160 inches of snow - which is a great way to jump start the season. With such huge snow accumulations, stormy weather and virtually no visibility, we haven’t been able to access the upper mountain Vista or Cascade lifts - until Monday.
What it takes to open Vista
As we enter the holiday week with winter storm warnings all over the place, we first want to reflect and thank our team and our guests. In these unprecedented times it truly is remarkable that we are able to experience and share the joy of mountain recreation with each other.
Prepare for our holiday week
Our featured trail this week is Jack's Woods, so we thought it appropriate to post it here on the blog with a look back to last September, when a wildfire put our permit in jeopardy.
In a season like no other and facing the greatest threat to potentially sideline operations in our 53 year history, Mt. Hood Meadows has received the coveted Best Employee Safety program from the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). The award recognizes the resort-wide focus that prioritizes the health and wellbeing of team members, while providing outdoor recreation to guests during a pandemic.
Photo: Colin Meagher
Mt. Hood Meadows Risk Manager Anna Laxague is one of three Safety Champion finalists going into next week’s NSAA Spring Convention; and Mt. Hood Meadows is a finalist for Best Employee Safety Program.
We’re down to the last handful of days of the season - lifts are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 23 - 25) and then Friday and Saturday (April 30 and May 1). Our closing day is Saturday, May 1. The video above was shot by our ambassador Chauncey Sorenson yesterday.
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Making the most of a bluebird day at Meadows, with the peak day early load at Hood River Express.
Two of the primary ways you can prevent the spread of Coronavirus is to socially distance - and wear a mask. The mask, when worn correctly, reduces your chance of getting infected, and, just as importantly, reduces the chance that you will spread it to someone else...
“Mt. Hood Meadows Lift Operations department is responsible for the safe uphill transport of our guests and team members,” says Lift Ops Manager Cody Howe. With the social distancing and safety protocols brought on by COVID, there will be some additional challenges this season, requiring the cooperation of our guests who share the responsibility to help keep us all safe.
Get to know our plan
It’s been a month since we announced operations were suspended at Meadows in compliance with the Governor’s stay-at-home order and the eventual closing of recreational areas and access on the Mt. Hood National Forest. This video will bring you up to date on our current status and what we’ve been working on for the past month.
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An update on our Gated Access Terrain from Brian Murphy - our Snow Safety Supervisor:
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.