Mt. Hood Meadows Digs Out From Snow Storms and Extends Season Until May

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 3, 2012 6:54 pm

Oregon has gotten a ton of snow this season. In fact, the month of March saw record-breaking precipitation levels throughout Portland that doubled the monthly average. This all translates wonderfully over at Mt. Hood Meadows, where the ski resort has received more than 15 feet of fresh snow, increasing the resort’s base snow depth to a drool-worthy 174 inches. So far, the resort has seen 527 inches of snow over the course of the season — which is well above the 430-inch average.

The lifts at Mt. Hood Meadows were already scheduled to operate daily through April 29th. In lieu of all this fresh snow accumulation the resort has decided to extend the season into weekend operation throughout most of the month of May!!! The plan for now is to mark the 20th as the final day of riding. This of course is dependent on good weather conditions as well as skier and snowboarder turnout. One thing is for certain — coverage should not be an issue! Hours of operation during the May weekend days will be from 9am – 2pm Saturday’s and Sundays, with Mt. Hood Express, Buttercup and Cascade Express scheduled to operate. Scheduled lifts, conditions and lift ticket prices will be presented on the resort’s conditions page.

The best part is that anyone who already purchased an Unlimited Spring Pass (on sale for $149) will be able to use it for the remainder of the season, including the extended days in May!

Further good news was announced detailing the re-opening of the Cascade Express. There had been a massive spring storm that pummeled the upper mountain, and since Cascade Express is the resort’s highest reaching lift, it remained out of commission for nearly a week while storm recovery efforts were underway. Resort officials are happy to say that the high-speed lift servicing the 7,300-foot level is back in business! Crews deiced the lift, knocking foot thick rime ice from the lift towers and haul rope. Snowcats plowed out the piled up and drifted snow from under the haul rope to provide clearance for skiers and snowboarders. Their tireless efforts resulted in opening the high-speed quad with limited grooming shortly after noon. Woohoo!