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Opening the season Sunday

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A snowboarder carves a powder turn at Mt. Hood Meadows. Richard Hallman PhotoMt. Hood Meadows will open the 21/22 season with south-side lifts scheduled Sunday from 9 AM - 4 PM. Daisy, Easy Rider, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet will offer access to beginner and intermediate level skiing and snowboarding for the first day of the season.

A major winter storm has been pounding the Cascades dumping more than two feet of snow on the resort since Wednesday evening - and it has the potential to drop another two feet through the weekend. Meadows reports a 23 inch base area snow depth with 27 inches at midmountain. Meadows has been harvesting snow to build up base area lift ramps and expects to open more lifts over the next few days. Guests on Sunday may notice the Mt. Hood Express lift turning - but it is closed to the public. It is being used to transport team members for prepping lifts and terrain for eventual opening, as early as Monday.

At least one terrain park - Fireweed - is expected with eight to ten features for park enthusiasts.

This is a limited opening, so only the main and Sunrise lots will be open for parking - no Hood River Meadows or Nordic operations yet (these are expected later in the week) and there is no overnight RV parking.

Tickets, lessons and rentals are available for advance purchase in the Mt. Hood Meadows store. Restaurants will be operating as the resort returns to indoor dining. Masks are required when indoors except while seated and actively eating or drinking in a designated dining area. Masks are also required when riding shuttles. Outdoors masks are no longer mandated in Oregon, so there will be no mask enforcement in the lift lines.

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