The Sahale Lodge was formally dedicated earlier this month in a ceremony attended by elected officials, representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, USFS officials, special invited guests, the Mt. Hood Meadows board and team members. The 24,000 square foot lodge houses the Meadows Learning Center and equipment rentals on the first floor, and two restaurants a slope side bar and grand seating area on the second floor. It also serves admirably as a wedding and conference center during the non-winter operating months.
Construction began on the building in April 2019 and was completed in time for this past season. With COVID restricting indoor gathering, Sahale provided grab and go dining options and the magnificent outdoor deck served as a slope side gathering place throughout the season.
The dedication ceremony started with a blessing from former Chair of the Warm Springs Tribal Council Ron Suppah and was followed by remarks by Mt. Hood Meadows CEO and Chairman of the Board Matthew Drake, Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas and lead architect John Williamson of LRS Architects.
Deputy Forest Supervisor Gar Abbbas presented a certificate of appreciation to long-time Meadows employee Steve Warila for his 47 years of service in mountain operations. Abbas was accompanied by Mt. Hood National Forest District Ranger Kameron Sam and Mountain Resort Team Manager Scott Kaden in recognizing Warila’s amazing career and crediting him for “warmly welcoming and providing assistance to more than 30 forest service personnel.” Warila continues to serve Meadows on a part time basis.
The event ended with a passionate message from Chief Delvis Heath, hereditary Chief of the Warm Springs, who spoke of sharing the land with all who seek to learn and recreate, which echoed the Sahale welcome message, “Dedicated to adventure seekers and passionate explorers who strive to learn and grow through shared outdoor experiences on this sacred mountain.”
The dedication was part of a weekend of celebration that included the annual board meeting so board members could experience first-hand the grandeur and functionality of the Sahale Lodge which facilitated meetings, luncheons, receptions and the formal dinner.
Sahale Pass Holders 2019/20 Season Message
Sahale is the first significant commercial improvement at Meadows since the South Lodge expansion in 1999. It is a long overdue project that will significantly improve the resort experience at Meadows by providing over 23,500 square feet of dining and resort services space. Sahale will be the new home of the Meadows Learning Center and our new ski and snowboard equipment rental center. The second floor features over 10,000 square feet and 230 seats for dining, with diverse menu offerings designed to be served with quality and efficiency, a bar and outdoor deck.
Sahale Pass Holder April 14 Virtual Meeting
Sahale Pass Holder November 10 Virtual Meeting
Sahale by the numbers:
• $15 Million investment to be constructed over the next two summers
• 23,500 square feet
• 10,000 square feet for restaurant and seating
• 230 new seats for dining
• 1st floor houses equipment rentals and Meadows Learning Center
North Lodge Reutilized Space
• Gains 670 additional seats for dining
• Total increase of over 60% of current seating
Overflow Parking Lot (future Nordic Lot)
• Two acres of additional parking
• Approximately 250 additional parking spaces
Our phased in approach has provided balance to address these needs over the past two seasons to provide the experience, even on peak days, that you desire. We have also continued our investment in snow harvesting equipment and summer trail maintenance so we can improve our capabilities to open early, and provide some additional hiking trails in the summer.
Thanks to all those who purchased Sahale Gold passes to assist us with these improvements!