Mt. Hood Meadows logo

Prepping for a Powdery President's Day

Categories: Guest Connection Weather Blog

Kyle Skutch hits the powder at Mt. Hood MeadowsThe first major storm of the season has brought us three feet of snow in five days - and today was a gem! While the upper mountain remained socked in - our crews deiced all the lower lifts after yesterday’s late afternoon shut down to the delight of those heading into Heather and Private Reserve for some fantastic freshies.

Deep powder in Private Reserve at Mt. Hood MeadowsIt continues to snow this evening, the temps are plummeting - into the single digits overnight, and the winds are subsiding - dare we say we’ll have a “calm” Monday with clearing skies? That should set up for some of the finest, lightest powder this season.

Vista iced up tower at night at Mt. Hood Meadows
All eyes will be on the upper mountain - our mountain team will be called out early for deicing the upper lifts. We got a sneak preview of Vista towers on our mountain cam after five days of storm, and both Vista and Cascade will require substantial deicing. We received more than six inches of precipitation in the storm - half of it came as freezing rain and those towers are coated with thick hard ice mixed with rime ice and everything in between.

Shivs encased in rime ice at Mt. Hood Meadows

Know that we’re on it, and that we want those lifts open as much as you do. Meanwhile, plan an early start to the mountain, car pool or take the free shuttle from the Hood River event site. We expect our lots will fill early this holiday Monday. We’re open from 9 AM - 9 PM (with Hood River Express opening a half hour early for your first tracks).

Vista towers at night at Mt. Hood Meadows

Conditions Page