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Storm forecast favorable for a preview day or two this weekend

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Pisten Bully snowcats are lined up and ready to start pushing and hauling snow for a possible preview weekend at Mt. Hood MeadowsThree different storms are aligned to deliver an early season punch - with one to two feet of snow possible Wednesday into Saturday. And if the storm delivers as forecast we expect to open for preview days over Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving Holiday forecast has one to two feet of snow falling at Mt. Hood Meadows Grooming machines are lined up and ready to harvest parking lot snow and transport it to the base area, to build lift ramps and fortify the base. This operation will begin as soon as enough snow has fallen in the parking lot to plow it into piles and load it into the specialized transport equipment, including two dump truck like vehicles (one on a snowcat and one on a rubber tired vehicle) as well as the dump trailer that allows for high capacity hauling.

Specialized hauling equipment is prepped to harvest snow from the parking lot at Mt. Hood MeadowsThis is a tricky storm as there is some possible rain mixed into the snow - so timing is everything. It looks like Thanksgiving Day may be the snowiest and crews will begin snow hauling and prep work. Friday will most likely be the big preparation day, with fingers crossed for preview days on Saturday and Sunday. The specific lifts that will be operating or terrain that will be opened will be determined by Friday. Meadows has had preview days that was limited to just the Buttercup Lift, or as many as three high speed quads in the past. The operating schedule will be posted on our conditions page, along with updates on the blog.

Snow forecast for the next 48 hours at Mt. Hood MeadowsWe are thankful for this storm, for our dedicated crew and for all of our guests who have been anxiously waiting and literally dancing up a storm! Your prayers and snow dances are working!