Skiers and snowboarders throughout Oregon had a lot to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving with Mount Hood Meadows opening for the 2012/2013 season! As you can see from the opening day video, the mountain had excellent coverage, with a ton of fresh powder.
The resort opened at 9am with four lifts in operation, including the Mt. Hood Express high-speed quad, Daisy, Easy Rider and the Buttercup beginner chair. The “Fun Zone” serviced by the Ballroom Carpet enclosed conveyer was also in operation. This is the fourth consecutive year that the resort has been able to begin operations by Thanksgiving! Mount Hood Meadows went through great efforts to ensure this opening day went off without a hitch. Earlier in the week, they rented a “Dump Cat”, which hauled in thousands of cubic tons of snow, which was then deposited in the resort’s parking lot. Snow crews then worked tirelessly to spread the snow around the lifts and trails. According to resort officials, the entire maze line at Mt. Hood Express and the other three lifts that opened were built up thanks to the “Dump Cat” efforts. Towards the end of the first day, crews were able to open a second high-speed quad, Shooting Star.
In addition to some great groomers, the resort had the Shipyard rail park if full effect, with around eight features and four separate lines for jibbing. The opening day base of 33 inches combined with all the new snow that has fallen since should guarantee that the mountain remains open, uninterrupted, for the rest of the season.
The biggest change for Mount Hood Meadows are the brand new RFID gates, which were installed during the off-season. Now ticket holders will be able to get through the lift lines, and on the lift much more efficiently. Anyone that still needs to get their RFID-enabled season pass issued can hit up Pass Holder Services starting at 8am every day.
Although it is still considered early season, Mount Hood Meadows was able to open with full resort amenities available for its guests. Ski and snowboard school is in full swing, with group and private lessons available for all ages and skill levels. If your little one isn’t quite ready to strap in yet, the resort offers a state certified Day Care Center so you can rest easy, and have fun on the slopes. For those that are in need of rentals or last minute gear purchases, the rental center is open, as is Outer Limits Sports and the High Performance Center. When you get hungry, the Alpenstube and Fresh Tracks Deli are sure to satisfy.
Uphill traffic will be allowed only on designated climbing routes – no uphill within the permit area as Meadows crew and equipment on the mountain preparing for opening.
Mount Hood Meadows will be open for the season operating from 9 AM – 4 PM daily until night operations kick in. Day lift passes will be $59 for adults, $39 for ages 14 and under (and seniors 65 and older) and $10 for 6 ages and under. The price will increase as more lifts and terrain is added.