Mt. Hood Meadows, OR will be open for daily operations starting today (Friday, November 30). The resort received 6″ of snow in the base area the last 48 hours, with a settled depth in the base area and up to 30 inches at mid-mountain. The base area snow depth has been supplemented by Meadows’ innovative snow harvesting efforts, allowing the resort to operate additional lifts and open terrain.
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Up to five lifts are scheduled to operate Friday, including two high speed quads – Mt. Hood Express and Shooting Star Express. C.O.O. Jake Bolland is proud of the team’s efforts to open, considering the late-arriving snow storms this season, saying,
“We are building this season on the thirty inches of snow we’ve received since Thanksgiving, and I’m impressed with the product our mountain crew has been able to provide. Using snow harvesting to run the lower lifts allows access for snow enthusiasts to reach the upper mountain where there is more snow depth. To be able to open Shooting Star terrain on a foot-and-a-half of natural base depth is a stellar achievement.”
Bolland warns that it is a shallow, early season snowpack and advises skiers and snowboarders to stay on groomed runs and be aware of unmarked obstacles. Meadows plans to operate daily as long as conditions allow.
Buttercup, Easy Rider, Daisy, the Carpet and Mt. Hood Express are scheduled to operate from 9 am-4 pm, with a possible delayed opening expected for Shooting Star to allow for terrain preparation. There is more snow forecast through Sunday, so there could be some early season freshies for those hitting the slopes this weekend. Lift tickets are dynamically priced and can be purchased online at SkiHood.com/Tickets.
Meadows Parks will have features in Shipyard and the Zoo, with additional features being set up in Fireweed.
Daily resort offerings include the Meadows Learning Center presenting adult and children’s ski and snowboard lessons; the Rossignol Rental Center for ski and snowboard equipment; several restaurants including the Alpenstube for sit down dining with slope-side views, Higher Grounds; fresh grilled items in the Schuss and Fresh Tracks deli; state-certified Day Care, and Outer Limits and the High Performance Center retail stores.
For conditions and operational updates, visit the resort website at SkiHood.com.