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Rain event triggers big slide in Heather Canyon - Video

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Avalanche debris pile in Heather Canyon at Mt. Hood MeadowsWe had a big slide in the canyon during this week's rain event. It was picked up as seismic activity. Not the biggest we’ve seen, but the debris is totally blocking the way to the runout from the foothills. Patrol will let grooming get started on clearing a path this morning (Friday) after the howitzer mission and routes. We may not be able to open it today, but should be able to on Saturday.

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Monday lift operations suspended for atmospheric river forecast

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Real Time weather mapping of atmospheric river over Pacific Ocean on February 27, 2022We are suspending lift operations for Monday, February 28 based on the forecast which would make things rather miserable. With the high winds and atmospheric river conditions, we would have very limited operations if we were to operate so we feel it is best to batten down the hatches and set our sights on Tuesday when we expect to return to our normal 9 AM - 4 PM lift operational schedule.

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Vista Express deicing in progress possible opening Wednesday

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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.

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Opening the season Sunday

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A snowboarder carves a powder turn at Mt. Hood Meadows. Richard Hallman PhotoMt. Hood Meadows will open the 21/22 season with south-side lifts scheduled Sunday from 9 AM - 4 PM. Daisy, Easy Rider, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet will offer access to beginner and intermediate level skiing and snowboarding for the first day of the season.

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Limited opening possible Sunday or Monday

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We received 18 inches of snow in 24 hours ending at 6 AM Friday - which is providing good coverage. Now this was very light snow - meaning we aren't able to generally track pack. But it is allowing us to harvest parking lot snow and start to build up our base area lift ramps. We are gearing up for a potential limited opening featuring our Buttercup, Easy Rider and Daisy lifts Sunday or perhaps Monday. We will confirm our plans Saturday morning on our conditions page.

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Historical season openings since the 94/95 season

Categories: Guest Connection Weather Blog Media Center Inside Meadows

Oregon icon Mt. HoodSo we've slipped by Thanksgiving and we haven't opened for the season yet. And even with the promise of a "colder-wetter" La Nina season, we haven't yet been able to offer a preview day. So should we be worried? A review of opening dates the past 26 seasons (going back to 1994/95) and ultimately the amount of snow we received that season suggests we're going to do just fine.

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Weather experts predict above average snow this winter for the Cascades

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Forecast Charlie Phillips sees an above average snowpack this winter for the Northwest(October 24, 2021) -- It’s official - we have now entered into La Niña conditions that are forecast to grow stronger through the rest of fall and winter, which is generally a good thing for our Mt. Hood snowpack. Meteorologists presented their winter forecast at Saturday’s virtual Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society winter weather conference and there was consensus that this should be a good (if not great) winter for snow play enthusiasts.

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A hint of winter in the air is noticeable

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Top of Heather Cam at Mt. Hood MeadowsThere's been a gradual change in the weather over the past week or so. Overnight temps have dipped into the 30s and we've had a few rain showers, bringing some welcome relief to what has been a pretty hot summer. It was just a couple months ago that temps reached 117 in Portland.

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EARTH deserves more than a DAY

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Earth Day conversation on Facebook at Mt. Hood MeadowsDays turn to weeks turn to months turn to seasons turn to years turn to decades turn to centuries turn to eons ….

We recognized Earth Day with a candid conversation with the National Ski Area Association’s Director of Public Policy Geraldine Link, the Gorge Region’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby Bernard Seeger and Meadows Sustainability Manager Heidi Logosz. We hope you join in the conversation, and make the small changes that collectively, will have a big impact.

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Prepare for storm riding feather powder and frigid temperatures

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Resort Ambassador Erika Vikander carves fresh powder at Mt. Hood Meadows Richard Hallman PhotoPhoto: Richard Hallman / Rider: Erika Vikander

A winter storm watch has been issued for the Cascades beginning Thursday, with a series of storms forecast through Saturday that could bring several feet of light, powdery snow to Mt. Hood Meadows. With the freezing level dropping to sea level Thursday morning, and heavy snow forecast by NOAA for between two - four FEET by Saturday, this is a major powder maker.

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New snow and tips for a busy weekend

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Powdery day at Mt. Hood MeadowsLa Niña is shifting into high gear now, with a promising snowy weather pattern forecast for the next 10 days. The storm has already dropped 3 inches of snow as of early Friday morning, and we could see another foot or two by Monday. And that is great news for our season!

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Perfecting the art and science of Snow Harvesting

Categories: Faces of Meadows Guest Connection Media Center Weather Blog

In the summer of 2014, Mt. Hood Meadows grooming and vehicle maintenance crews teamed up to build a high-capacity snow trailer to transport snow. They gutted a snowcat, and built the aluminum frame hydraulic bed on the chassis. No one knew then how critically important that snow hauler would become for a snow-starved 2014-15 season, and for seasons to come. The innovation is credited for being able to open terrain that season that would not have been possible with the skimpy snowpack. Snow harvesting and transporting was born.

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White River Fire still burning

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A plume of smoke over the White River wild fire caught on Mt. Hood Meadows Toyota Vista Mountain CamThe White River wildfire that sparked 10 days ago south of Mt. Hood has grown in the last 24 hours. A billowing plume of smoke rising high above the ridgeline was captured on our Toyota Mountain Cameras. The Vista cam shows the towering plume Thursday afternoon.

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Cascade Express Deja Vu

Categories: Guest Connection Media Center Weather Blog Inside Meadows

Cascade Express between deicing operations just before weather moved in at Mt. Hood MeadowsIt’s kind of like the movie Ground Hog’s Day - Storm hits, team deices and recovers, then another storm or icing incident and we wake up, deice and recover all over again. We’ve experienced some fairly extreme weather this January - even compared to our normal upper mountain standards.

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When will Meadows open?

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Five day forecast has snow in it for Mt. Hood MeadowsThat is the big question on everyone’s mind - including our team. We are all anxiously awaiting the falling of snowflakes, hopefully by the millions. The current forecast is promising, with snowflakes in the window through Wednesday.

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Winter Summer Clash Meadows Offers Memorial Day Weekend Operations

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A snowboarder makes a spring carve on Cascade at Mt. Hood Meadows(Mt. Hood, OR — Immediate Release) — It’s the intersection of winter and summer Memorial Day Weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows. Meadows plans to operate two lifts - the Daisy chair and the Cascade Express quad to access spectacular wide open snow fields Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. Lift hours are 8 AM - 2 PM each day weather can conditions permitting.

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Powerful Storm forecast to bring Big Time Powder - What You Need To Know

Categories: Media Center Weather Blog Guest Connection Inside Meadows

A snowboard shreds new powder while his buddy watches at Mt. Hood MeadowsThe brunt of this winter storm will hit over the next 48 hours. We expect at least a foot of snow overnight by our scheduled Monday morning lift openings, with another two or more feet by Tuesday morning. All this snow is being delivered by an active storm with very strong winds. So while we are all looking to dive into this fresh powder, we do need to set some expectations.

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Icy storm and power fluctuations delay lifts

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It’s still nine days to when winter officially begins, but this major winter storm has blown it’s icy breath on Mt. Hood Meadows. The good news is it brought ten inches of overnight snow - but before the snow there was extended periods of freezing rain. Deicing and power fluctuations delayed lift openings, and required a lift evacuation of passengers from the Blue lift.

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New snow excitement

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It’s always exciting to see enough snow falling to play in. And whether you’re a seasoned snow enthusiast or are new to it like Koa the Golden Lab, playing in new snow gets us excited about the the approach of winter. This snowfall prompts us to get ready for the season - get out your gear, apply some wax, do some squats, hit the ski show for some great deals, dig out your snow tires and…

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Holiday Storm Expected to Affect Operations Saturday

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Winter storm advisory for Mt. Hood SaturdayOkay - maybe we’ve been doing too many snow dances! The current forecast would make Saturday the storm of the season - with high winds and the possibility of one to two feet of snow in a 24 hour period. That’s going to be awesome for our season (and for building up the Cascade snowpack) but for tomorrow, let’s say we expect it to be gnarly.

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Perfect Storm Disrupts Lift Operations on 50th Anniversary

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Blue lift line at Mt. Hood MeadosTo our guests who weathered our chaotic morning January 27.

The confluence of high winds, fluctuating freezing levels and freezing rain played havoc on the Mt. Hood Express, Stadium Express and Shooting Star Express high speed quads. Resort official explain how this "perfect storm" of freezing rain disrupted lift operations, yet the persistent efforts of the mountain team prevailed.

Hood River Meadows Opens

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It came in spits and spurts over the weekend, but when all said in done the slow moving storm dropped a little over a foot of snow - enough to refresh the upper mountain and reopen Hood River Meadows terrain.