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.
The forecast says the storm will blow into Wednesday and we could get up to another half-a-foot.
This is a good omen for the La Nina season to come and there’s a possibility that we can harvest this snow for a season preview day on Buttercup Saturday, to go along with the Pray for Snow party and festivities. We will know better after the storm blows through Wednesday and we get a look at the forecast heading towards the weekend.
Know that we are as anxious as you are to get the season going, and we are hopeful more snow is on the way. Our plan would be to offer up a series of preview days or weekends - this Saturday, then the Friday - Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend if we get enough snow next week. When we can go to daily operations and officially kick off the season is totally snow dependent.
So - keep doing your snow dances, and join us Saturday for our Pray for Snow party that includes:
- 11 AM - 5 PM: Restaurants and Sport Shops open
- 5:30 PM: Sneak Preview Dinner and presentation by Meadows CEO Matthew Drake (reservations required)
- 7:30 PM: Pray for Snow Dance Party (21 and older) with DJ Mighty Moves and the Time Machine Band ($10 in advance | $15 at the door)
And if we can harvest enough snow, a rail jam in the parking lot and possibly the Buttercup Lift operating for a few hours!
We’ll keep you updated on our conditions page - and we’ll see you on the mountain soon!