Friday and Saturday are the last two days of the season at Mt. Hood Meadows. It has been a remarkable season in terms of snow accumulation and powder days, but the ski area also saw a large turn out in beginner skiers and snowboarders wanting to learn the sport.
Recognizing the desire to recreate in the winter by a growing market of outdoor enthusiasts, Meadows grooming, snow sports and parks department heads met this week to design special terrain features for beginner skiers and snowboarders the final two days of the season.
Meadows has used these special features in the Riglet parks and other fun courses in its Children’s learning programs. The features are very subtle, and designed to assist the skier or snowboarder in making turns on their initial runs. The berms and rollers are being added to the ski area “Fun Zone” next to the Ballroom Carpet over the snow conveyer, as well as in the area of the Buttercup beginner chairllift, scheduled to be replaced this summer.
Resort Operations V.P. Jeremy Riss has seen this in action at other ski areas, and was impressed by how quickly people learn to turn assisted by the subtle features. “There is an element of fun and adventure and the features help guide and direct beginners from their very first runs on the snow. With our Ballroom carpet and the increased learning terrain we will have with the new Buttercup quad lift next season, I really think we can create by far the premier beginner experience in Oregon.”
The beginner terrain feature experiment will be offered Friday and Saturday, with a special $29 introductory price for ages 13 and older that includes beginner lift ticket, 2 hours of instruction and equipment rentals.