(Mt. Hood, OR) - Mt. Hood Meadows dropped the gates to Heather Canyon today, offering some of the most exhilarating steep double-black diamond terrain in the Northwest. Lower Heather had been open the past two days, but today, following nearly a foot of snow overnight, the upper Canyon from A-Zone to the Heather lift was open. Access to the Canyon is permitted through control gates and those who waited for the avalanche control work to be completed were rewarded with untracked thigh-deep powder.
Meadows has received 121 inches of snowfall this season and has a 64 inch snow depth in the base area, 98 inches at mid-mountain, the third deepest snowpack in North America according to Unofficial Networks. The resort is in full holiday swing and every lift is scheduled to operate for top-to-bottom coverage with almost the entire 2,150 acres of permit area opened. All eyes are now on Private Reserve, gated access terrain that requires additional snow bridges for egress, expected to open soon.
Meadows is on holiday hours with lifts scheduled from 9 AM - 9 PM daily, with an early opening of the Hood River Express lift at 8:30 AM. A free shuttle from the Hood River Event Site is running, and guests are encouraged to carpool or take the Park & Ride shuttle from Portland.
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