Avalanche Reduction Operations
With the USFS lifting some restrictions on the Mt. Hood National Forest, starting Friday May 29th we will be removing the barriers at the bottom of our access roads to provide for parking at trail heads on those roads.
The gates to all of our parking lots will stay up with access limited to authorized vehicles only. Please respect these gates even if they are open. If you are intent on hiking for turns in our permit area please review the following:
- All of our buildings and facilities are closed.
- Park on the access road and do not block gates.
- You are on your own and we strongly encourage that you recreate elsewhere.
- There is currently no patrol or other MHM assistance available. Be mindful that any rescue will tax county resources.
- There are no hazard markings. There are many unmarked snow dozing projects throughout the permit area.
- Please stay clear of the Sahale construction zone and other facilities.
- As always, sledding is not allowed.
- This policy could change depending on USFS guidance and Hood River County’s phased opening. Please check our website for updates before you head up to hike for turns.
Ask Ski Patrol for additional information.
Mt. Hood Meadows has created this page in an effort to inform backcountry skiers and snowboarders of current Avalanche Reduction efforts within the Meadows permit boundary. Meadows uses remote delivery systems, including Artillery, for avalanche reduction. This work may be in progress at any time within the permit area. Information about current avalanche hazard reduction operations can be found on this web page, as well as by phone at 503.337.2222, ext. 1705.
Obey all posted signs and closures.
This information may change as conditions warrant so please check back for updates. Backcountry avalanche forecasts and information are available at
Mt. Hood Meadows is equipped with the RECCO avalanche rescue system. Being equipped with RECCO reflectors can assist rescuers in helping you.