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SheGrooms seeks inclusivity and opportunities in the grooming industry

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Allison Marriner, creator of the SheGrooms event, gets ready for a snowcat workshopAllison Marriner, above, creator of the SheGrooms event, gets ready for a snowcat workshop.
Photo courtesy Eduardo Cabal

From April 23-25, Mt. Hood Meadows hosted its first-ever SheGrooms event, a celebration of women in mountain grooming and mountain positions.

Special story By Emma Renly

Marshall Woods receives prestigious Tower of Excellence award

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Marshall Woods receives the PNSAA Tower of Excellence Award from Mel Toney and Jordan ElliottMarshall Woods, Mt. Hood Meadows Lift Maintenance Manager received the prestigious Tower of Excellence award at the recent Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) annual conference. The Tower of Excellence award recognizes and honors a ski resort employee, past or present, who has made significant contributions to the “outside operations” of their resort.

"You get there faster" - Marshall Woods

Demo Days and Brewfest return to Spring Events Lineup with primo conditions

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Crowds celebrate Spring at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows will swing into its Spring events schedule a couple weeks early this season - with a return to Demo Days this Sunday, March 19 and the Spring Brewfest Saturday, March 25. They both return to Meadows Spring lineup after a three year hiatus. April is jammed packed with spectacular events from the 15th Annual Full Sail Banked Slalom April 1 to the Ninkasi Pond Skim April 29.

Check out the Spring Events Schedule

Preparing for a big holiday weekend

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A snowboarder carves a powder plume in 17 inches of new snow at Mt. Hood Meadows Richard Hallman PhotoWe head into a busy President’s holiday weekend with our best conditions of the season here at Meadows, on Mt. Hood and arguably. some of the best skiing in the country. Here’s some advice for making this weekend flow the best so everyone can enjoy Your Mountain Home this holiday.

Here are some great tips!

Safety Rule 7 - Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas

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Your Responsibility Code # 7


The 2022 revision of Your Responsibility Code separates obeying signs and hazard markings from obeying closures and staying out of closed terrain. These are both important topics with many implications for your safety. In this blog we will explore some of the closures at Mt Hood Meadows.

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Mt. Hood Meadows named a Gallagher "Best in Class Employer" for Second Consecutive Year

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Mt. Hood Meadows named Gallagher Best In Class Employer for 2nd Consecutive YearGallagher’s Best-in-Class Benchmarking Analysis Identifies U.S. Organizations That Excel in Optimizing Employee and Organizational Wellbeing

(Mt. Hood, OR - January 30, 2023 — Mt. Hood Meadows / Cooper Spur Mountain Resort participated in Gallagher’s 2022 U.S. Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey and for the second consecutive year was identified as an organization that excelled in optimizing employee and organizational wellbeing.

Best-In-Class - we're Honored!

Dreamy days on glorious groom video

Categories: Guest Connection Weather Blog

Here’s two minutes of Zen. Yes we all love it when wintery storms freshen up the slopes. We received eight inches over the weekend and the forecast says more this weekend. But in between the high pressure, bluebird days have been glorious. Meticulous groom and wide open riding.

Two Minutes of Zen

Responsibility code #3 - Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic

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Responsibility Code 3: Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic - two snowboarders safely share a run at Mt. Hood Meadows

Responsibility Code # 3:


Choosing a smart place to stop requires being aware of one’s surroundings.  Mt Hood has highly variable terrain that includes many rolls, ridges, wind-drifts, cliffs, boulders and trees. Riding here demands extra awareness in order to remain visible from above. Always stop in safe place for you and others. Avoid impacting traffic around you by stopping on the side of trails.

Be safe - get informed!

January is National Ski Area Safety Awareness Month

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The Responsibile Code offers ten common sense points that will make skiing and snowboarding safer.The Skier Responsibility Code was developed by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) in the 1960s to help teach skiers how to be safe at downhill resorts. It has been updated several times to reflect changes in our sport including a recent revision to add clarity and two new items to what is now called "Your Responsibility Code." 

Point 1: Always Stay In Control

Twilight and Pluto Gates to Heather Canyon Open for Expert Only Extremely Difficult Terrain

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A snowboarder rides in Heather Canyon at Mt. Hood Meadows - Richard Hallman photoThe Twilight access gate to Heather Canyon was opened today for the first time this season. Following repeated days of upper canyon avy mitigation work by Ski Patrol and bridge building by our grooming team, we will open the Twilight gate. The lower gates may remain closed due to what is currently a very challenging breakable crust and less than ideal skiing.

12:45 PM: Twilight Gate Open to Heather Canyon

Heed this warning before entering the canyon

Wild winter weather - Friday operations have been suspended

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Freezing rain forecast for Friday Northwest Oregon is under a winter weather warning going into this holiday weekend for lowland snow, freezing rain, ice storms and high winds. On the mountain we’ll have strong winds, heavy snowfall transitioning to freezing rain Friday through Christmas Day, then some rain and eventually back to snow next week. Crazy weather for sure that will affect our operations!

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Your Mountain Home for the Holidays is Mt. Hood Meadows

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A skier glides down a run at Mt. Hood Meadows with beautiful Mt. Hood in the backgroundMt. Hood Meadow is your winter wonderland all season long but especially during the holidays. The season is well underway as the resort welcomes more snow heading into the holiday week. Meadows already has a five foot snow depth in the base area and 90 inches at midmountain. And for those dreaming of a white Christmas - the forecast has plenty of snow this week.

Holiday Events and Hours

Provide to Ride Food Collection for FISH nets over TWO TONS of food and $33,000 to support families in need this holiday season

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More than 1,000 skiers and snowboarders turned out Tuesday at Mt. Hood Meadows for the first annual “Provide to Ride” food collection event for FISH - the Hood River Food Bank. Meadows offered a free lift ticket for the donation of 24 cans of food or two hams. We also offered a special lift ticket for those that just wanted to donate with the proceeds going to FISH.

What an amazing event!

Provide to Ride Free Ride Day food collection event highlights a week of happenings

Categories: Guest Connection Media Center Meadows Cares

A snowboarder celebrates the new season at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows is shifting into high gear this week, with the night season lighting up Friday, December 16 and Park and Ride weekend and holiday shuttle transportation from Portland revving up Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18. With another huge La Niña storm dropping nearly two feet of snow the last two days, Meadows has a base area snow depth of 65 inches with seven feet at mid-mountain. It’s been a great start to the season as the resort prepares for the holiday season.

Ride for Free with your food donation Tuesday - Provide to Ride

Not quite enough snow for Thanksgiving Holiday weekend operations

Categories: Media Center Guest Connection Weather Blog

While we’ve been able to preserve much of the 17 inches of snow that fell two weeks ago, it's not enough to get us open this weekend. We currently have a 16 inch snow depth in the base area with 24 inches at mid-mountain. We still need to make it through some warming weather this week, but the ten day forecast is once again looking very promising.

We remain optimistic - here's why!

Mt Hood Meadows requires liability release on daily lift tickets this season

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A snowboarder carves across a ridgetop at Mt. Hood MeadowsLiability releases are not new to the ski industry - Mt. Hood Meadows has required those taking lessons or renting equipment to sign a liability release for decades. This season, Meadows will also require those purchasing day tickets to sign a release and offer a $20 opt-out fee for those that don’t want to sign the release .

What is "Bifurcation" - and why now?

Mt. Hood Meadows Targets November 25 for Opening Day

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Skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows(Mt. Hood, OR — October 20, 2022) — Mt. Hood Meadows announced plans to open the 2022/23 winter season on Friday, November 25 - the day after Thanksgiving. The resort intends to launch into daily operations, conditions permitting - and operate through April 29, 2023 for an impressive 148 days scheduled. Night operations are scheduled to launch December 16 five nights a week (Wednesday through Sunday evenings) through the middle of March. The hourly operational schedule changes during holidays and is posted on the resort website.

Get Ready for the Season!

Thank You for Another Great Summer

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Receding snows in late summer on Mt. Hood. Photo by Ben Mitchell.

We've officially come to the end of Summer Operations for the 2022 season at Mt. Hood Meadows, and wanted to say thank-you to everyone who was able to make it up for some fun in the sun on the mountain!

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Great views with little effort

Categories: Guest Connection SummerBlog

Mt. Hood, trees, and paintbrush flowers
View of paintbrush and Mt. Hood, located near the top of Hood River Express. Photo by Josey Rice.

We've covered pretty much all of the trails at Meadows throughout these Hike of the Week posts this season, so to cap things off as we head into our final week of summer operations, we're going to do things a little differently.

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Bear Grass to Picnic Rock is our Hike of the Week

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Person standing on Picnic Rock and holding their hands up in jubilation
Hiker celebrating on top of Picnic Rock. Photo by Josey Rice.

Our featured Hike of the Week, while not the highest in elevation by any means at Mt. Hood Meadows, is one of the resort's best for those looking to experience the thrill of precipitous cliff faces and the feeling of being far above their surroundings.

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Head into the canyons for our Hike of the Week

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Looking up the rocky Clark Canyon, creek in the foreground, Mt. Hood in the background
Looking up Clark Canyon toward Mt. Hood. Photo by Josey Rice.

You don't always have to hike up to higher elevations to get amazing alpine views. Our latest Hike of the Week is a great example of that, showcasing some of the most striking, scenic vistas in our permit area without having to climb to the top of it.

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Beat the heat with a Wizard Way hike this week

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Paintbrush flower growing against a log with trees in the background

Paintbrush flowers near the start of Lower Wizard Way (Trail No. 8). Photo by Josey Rice.

When the temperatures rise, it's time to head for higher elevation hikes, and this week's hot weather is a great opportunity to check out the upper part of our summer trail system at Meadows!

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Stadium Loop is our Hike of the Week

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Lupine and mountains on a sunny day
Lupine and Mt. Jefferson as viewed from the Stadium Loop Trail (No. 5). Photo by Josey Rice.

As more flowers continue to bloom at Mt. Hood Meadows, the areas along our hiking trails are continuing to get more colorful. Right now, the Stadium Loop Trail (No. 5), is a great example of this, and is our pick for Hike of the Week at the resort.

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The flowers are beginning to bloom

Categories: Guest Connection SummerBlog

Shooting Star wildflowers are blooming in the base area at Mt. Hood MeadowsSummer is warming up, accelerating snowmelt from the upper mountain and revealing more of our hiking trails. Our main trail out of the base area is called the Bear Grass Trail, and we expect that in the next two weeks, you'll see the Bear Grass flowering, which is almost a month behind last season. The hot temperatures are shedding snow, and the waterfalls are spectacular!

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Government Camp - Cooper Spur Land Exchange

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USFS Government Camp - Cooper Spur Land Exchange HeaderIn 2009 Congress directed Mt. Hood National Forest to exchange forest lands near Government Camp with private lands near the Cooper Spur Ski Area owned by Mt. Hood Meadows. On May 3, 2022, the Forest published the Record of Decision for the exchange. The exchange meets legislative requirements while delivering environmental and economic benefits to the public.

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A Big Time Return to Spring Events at Mt. Hood Meadows

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Kona Pond Skim at Mt. Hood MeadowsFrom this Saturday’s Full Sail Banked Slalom to the Sno-Kona Pond Skim on closing day May 7, events are making a SpringSational comeback to Mt. Hood Meadows. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Meadows' most anticipated events will be presented with fervor and an invitation to welcome everyone to the mountain during this awesome time of the season.

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Spring Pass access kicks off Monday Smoking Deal on the Spring Pass Package

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Spring passes at Mt. Hood Meadows | For pricing call 503.337.2222 x0Monday is the first full day of Spring and it’s also the day that Spring Passes become valid. The Spring Pass provides daily access for the remaining scheduled 40 days of the season - some say the “best” of the season considering skiing and riding in the Spring sunshine, corn “hero” snow, upper mountain cruising and a SpringSational schedule of events.

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Rain event triggers big slide in Heather Canyon - Video

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Avalanche debris pile in Heather Canyon at Mt. Hood MeadowsWe had a big slide in the canyon during this week's rain event. It was picked up as seismic activity. Not the biggest we’ve seen, but the debris is totally blocking the way to the runout from the foothills. Patrol will let grooming get started on clearing a path this morning (Friday) after the howitzer mission and routes. We may not be able to open it today, but should be able to on Saturday.

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Masks required through March 11 ... and then?

Categories: Media Center Guest Connection COVID

Sahale Grill server at Mt. Hood Meadows

This is information that we have shared with our team to better prepare them for when the mask mandate is lifted in Oregon (scheduled for 11:59 PM Friday, March 11). We encourage you to read this so you may literally be on the same page as our team. We thank you for continuing to follow our mask requirements indoors through March 11, and be prepared to wear a mask in our shuttles beyond that date.

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Monday lift operations suspended for atmospheric river forecast

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Real Time weather mapping of atmospheric river over Pacific Ocean on February 27, 2022We are suspending lift operations for Monday, February 28 based on the forecast which would make things rather miserable. With the high winds and atmospheric river conditions, we would have very limited operations if we were to operate so we feel it is best to batten down the hatches and set our sights on Tuesday when we expect to return to our normal 9 AM - 4 PM lift operational schedule.

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It's Back! Get Two All Access Season Passes with your new Toyota purchase or lease (trade in required)

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Toyota is the official vehicle of Mt. Hood Meadows and we are proud to partner with the Pacific Northwest Toyota Dealers Association to offer two All Access Season Passes to Meadows this season with a qualifying new Toyota purchase or lease. The offer is spectacular this season, as it isn't limited to a specific model - but it does require a trade-in. Here's the deal:

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Meadows suspends lift operations Tuesday due to road closures scheduled to operate as normal Wednesday

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Due to the road closure of Highway 26 (and no timeline for reopening) we have opted to suspend operations today, Tuesday, January 4, 2022. We expect to resume normal 9 AM - 9 PM lift operations Wednesday, depending on conditions, weather and accessibility. Another 13 to 18 inches is forecast today - on top of the whopping 32 inches in just over 24 hours we’ve already received.

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Restaurants closing early at Mt. Hood Meadows due to COVID precautions and some noncompliant guests

Categories: COVID Guest Connection Meadows Cares Media Center

Twilight at Mt. Hood MedowsWe are not immune to the surging Omicron COVID variant wave which most of the country is experiencing. Meadows follows very strict protocols, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority, which encourage team members to report symptoms and test when they feel they may have been exposed. Meadows provides COVID-specific sick leave for team members to use so they can stay at home and isolate rather than come to work and potentially spread the virus to other team members.

Due to suspected off-premise exposures, a number of our culinary team has been asked to quarantine and as a result, we’ve made the difficult but appropriate decision to temporarily discontinue evening restaurant operations.

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Anticipating gated access terrain - a message from our patrol

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Ski Patrol Assistant Manager Kelci BarnesKelci Barnes is our Ski Patrol Assistant Manager and wrote this on behalf of our patrol. It will help you understand the efforts that have been made to open gated access terrain, and the inherent dangers that you will find once the terrain is open. Please give it a careful read and as Kelci recommends, if considering entering the terrain once it is open, ski with a buddy, an avalanche transceiver, a probe and a shovel.

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Vista Express deicing in progress possible opening Wednesday

Categories: Guest Connection Inside Meadows Weather Blog Safety

We have had an active storm system since we opened on December 12. During the past two weeks, we’ve received over 160 inches of snow - which is a great way to jump start the season. With such huge snow accumulations, stormy weather and virtually no visibility, we haven’t been able to access the upper mountain Vista or Cascade lifts - until Monday.

What it takes to open Vista

Meadows gears up for nights and the holidays

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Powder shots at Mt. Hood Meadows Richard Hallman PhotographerAs snow continues to fall in the Cascades, Mt. Hood Meadows is opening more lifts and unwrapping more terrain in preparation for the holiday season. The Shooting Star lift and terrain opened today, and Hood River Express with lower mountain terrain is expected by the weekend. Meadows currently reports a 40-inch base, which is expected to grow with up to a foot and a half of new snow in the forecast the next few days.

Holiday Happenings

Opening Day the season is underway

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We opened the 2021/22 season to an enthusiastic crowd ready to hit the slopes. Eric and John were first in line, arriving more than two hours before lifts launched. The first 50 in line at the Daisy chair received "First Chair" buffs from Black Strap.

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Opening the season Sunday

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A snowboarder carves a powder turn at Mt. Hood Meadows. Richard Hallman PhotoMt. Hood Meadows will open the 21/22 season with south-side lifts scheduled Sunday from 9 AM - 4 PM. Daisy, Easy Rider, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet will offer access to beginner and intermediate level skiing and snowboarding for the first day of the season.

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Limited opening possible Sunday or Monday

Categories: Guest Connection Media Center Weather Blog

We received 18 inches of snow in 24 hours ending at 6 AM Friday - which is providing good coverage. Now this was very light snow - meaning we aren't able to generally track pack. But it is allowing us to harvest parking lot snow and start to build up our base area lift ramps. We are gearing up for a potential limited opening featuring our Buttercup, Easy Rider and Daisy lifts Sunday or perhaps Monday. We will confirm our plans Saturday morning on our conditions page.

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Historical season openings since the 94/95 season

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Oregon icon Mt. HoodSo we've slipped by Thanksgiving and we haven't opened for the season yet. And even with the promise of a "colder-wetter" La Nina season, we haven't yet been able to offer a preview day. So should we be worried? A review of opening dates the past 26 seasons (going back to 1994/95) and ultimately the amount of snow we received that season suggests we're going to do just fine.

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Follow our COVID Operating Plan for a successful season

Categories: COVID Media Center Guest Connection Inside Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows received the NSAA Best Employee Safety Program award for the 2021/22 COVID operating seasonAs we approach the opening of our 54th season, we are stoked to share with you our COVID operational plans. Having come through last season without a single traceable workplace transmission of COVID, and being awarded the Best Employee Safety Program by the National Ski Areas Association, we are approaching this season with a renewed commitment to keep our team healthy so they can enrich the lives of our guests.

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Weather experts predict above average snow this winter for the Cascades

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Forecast Charlie Phillips sees an above average snowpack this winter for the Northwest(October 24, 2021) -- It’s official - we have now entered into La Niña conditions that are forecast to grow stronger through the rest of fall and winter, which is generally a good thing for our Mt. Hood snowpack. Meteorologists presented their winter forecast at Saturday’s virtual Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society winter weather conference and there was consensus that this should be a good (if not great) winter for snow play enthusiasts.

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Get Two All Access Season Passes with your new Toyota purchase or lease (trade in required)

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Mt. Hood Meadows / Toyota season pass promotion details 800.754.4663Toyota is the official vehicle of Mt. Hood Meadows and we are proud to partner with the Pacific Northwest Toyota Dealers Association to offer two All Access Season Passes to Meadows this season with a qualifying new Toyota purchase or lease. The offer is spectacular this season, as it isn't limited to a specific model - but it does require a trade-in. Here's the deal:

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A hint of winter in the air is noticeable

Categories: Guest Connection Weather Blog

Top of Heather Cam at Mt. Hood MeadowsThere's been a gradual change in the weather over the past week or so. Overnight temps have dipped into the 30s and we've had a few rain showers, bringing some welcome relief to what has been a pretty hot summer. It was just a couple months ago that temps reached 117 in Portland.

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Mt Hood Meadows wins NSAA Best Employee Safety Program Award

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Mt. Hood Meadows receives NSAA Best Employee Safety Program awardIn a season like no other and facing the greatest threat to potentially sideline operations in our 53 year history, Mt. Hood Meadows has received the coveted Best Employee Safety program from the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). The award recognizes the resort-wide focus that prioritizes the health and wellbeing of team members, while providing outdoor recreation to guests during a pandemic.

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Congratulations Marshall Woods, Barb Basham and Anna Laxague - Leadership Award Winners

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Award recipients Marshall Woods and Anna Laxague flanked by CEO Matthew Drake and GM Greg Pack

Thursday night, Managers, Directors and spouses gathered to celebrate successes of this past year, and acknowledge certain outstanding contributions. After such an extraordinary year, not one, but two President’s Awards were presented for leadership in departmental success. The Franklin G. Drake Award honors stellar leadership for the greater good of the entire company.

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Mt. Hood Meadows Debuts More Than Eight Miles of New Hiking Trails this Summer for Mt. Hood’s Premier Chairlift-served Hiking Experience

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Hiking along the new trails at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows will launch summer scenic chairlift and hiking operations June 25 - with 8.5 miles of newly-constructed hiking trails from the base area. The trail system connects the base area to woodland trails through meadows of wildflowers to magnificent overlooks and waterfall hikes.


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EARTH deserves more than a DAY

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Earth Day conversation on Facebook at Mt. Hood MeadowsDays turn to weeks turn to months turn to seasons turn to years turn to decades turn to centuries turn to eons ….

We recognized Earth Day with a candid conversation with the National Ski Area Association’s Director of Public Policy Geraldine Link, the Gorge Region’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby Bernard Seeger and Meadows Sustainability Manager Heidi Logosz. We hope you join in the conversation, and make the small changes that collectively, will have a big impact.

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Oregon Cancer Ski Out and Ski to Defeat ALS are back!

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Oregon Cancer Ski Out and Ski to Defeat ALS logos

The Oregon Cancer Ski Out and Ski to Defeat ALS are two amazing fundraisers, and we are happy to be a part of them again this season. With the COVID-19 virus still affecting daily life, these two events will be quite different this season, but regardless of how they happen, we are grateful that they will happen!

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Get two All Access Season Passes with your Toyota purchase or lease*

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Get two Mt. Hood Meadows All Access Passes with select Toyota purchase We’re proud of our partnership with the Pacific Northwest Toyota Dealers Association - a partnership that supports introducing and welcoming new people to the sport and provides live streamed video and daily snow reports for the most passionate to connect to their favorite mountain. Even in a pandemic-affected season, our relationship with Toyota remains strong and very active.

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Prepare for storm riding feather powder and frigid temperatures

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Resort Ambassador Erika Vikander carves fresh powder at Mt. Hood Meadows Richard Hallman PhotoPhoto: Richard Hallman / Rider: Erika Vikander

A winter storm watch has been issued for the Cascades beginning Thursday, with a series of storms forecast through Saturday that could bring several feet of light, powdery snow to Mt. Hood Meadows. With the freezing level dropping to sea level Thursday morning, and heavy snow forecast by NOAA for between two - four FEET by Saturday, this is a major powder maker.

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Thanking our guests for caring about our team

Categories: Guest Connection COVID

Sunrise from the top of the Mt. Hood Express at Mt. Hood MeadowsWe are so very thankful to our guests for helping us sustain our season. By masking up, spreading out, being patient and following our safety protocols, we’ve made it a quarter of the way through this season. We are grateful to all those who are following our COVID operational plan - it shows you care about protecting yourself, our team, other guests and our season.

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Limited opening of Heather Canyon without Heather chair lift service

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Buddies keeping each other in sight as they ride powder at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows opened a portion of lower Heather Canyon today to expert skiers and snowboarders. The "Moon Bowl" Gate was open for an hour at the end of the day - and gated access is expected in the canyon tomorrow. Heather Canyon is a controlled access area, meaning access is available only through gates. Patrol determines which gates to open based on conditions. The boundary is controlled by rope line, and entrance must only be through open gates.

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Our first bluebird day had some glitches

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Saturday was undoubtedly one of the best mid-December bluebird days we’ve experienced here on Mt. Hood. Fresh snow from the night before, temps in the teens, and a great groom. A lot of mountain open, with all six high-speed quads, plus four other lifts operating, helped spread out the crowd. Those that could get in the parking lot, that is.

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New snow and tips for a busy weekend

Categories: COVID Guest Connection Weather Blog

Powdery day at Mt. Hood MeadowsLa Niña is shifting into high gear now, with a promising snowy weather pattern forecast for the next 10 days. The storm has already dropped 3 inches of snow as of early Friday morning, and we could see another foot or two by Monday. And that is great news for our season!

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Dining outdoors at designated areas

Categories: Culinary Services COVID Guest Connection Sahale

Mt. Hood Meadows Culinary Services Director Mark Fellows and his team have been working hard to accommodate everyone who wants to dine at Meadows under COVID restrictions. Primarily, that means restaurants are featuring take-and-go menus, outside dining areas have been designated and more outside service locations have been created.

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Our first weekend of the season: What you need to know and how you can help

Categories: COVID Guest Connection Media Center

Cascade Express transports skiers to some awesome early season turns at Mt. Hood MeadowsWe’ve had a great first week of operations here at Meadows and we’ve learned a lot about operating this resort during a pandemic. And while we are all looking to get back to normal, it is important that we all recognize that COVID-19 is a serious public health threat that can affect our ability to operate. We expect a busy first weekend - here's what you should know.

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Holiday daily products on sale now

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Instructors greet guests outside the new Sahale Lodge at Mt. Hood Meadows for their lessons. Daily lift tickets, lessons and rentals for the holiday time frame can now be purchased online. Meadows has made available inventoried daily products for the December 21 through January 3 time frame. This will allow those planning to ski or snowboard at Meadows over the holiday the ability to reserve and pay for these date-specific products.

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Opening Date Scheduled for November 30th

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Looking at the slopes from the magnificent Waterfall Room in the new Sahale Lodge at Mt. Hood MeadowsWe are so grateful for this snow that will give us the opportunity to launch our season. Our snow harvesting and grooming teams are masterfully moving parking lot snow to our lifts to build out our mazes which will be significantly spread out this season. The forecast is even more promising to be able to open more lifts and terrain than we normally have at this time of year and that too is a real blessing.

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Perfecting the art and science of Snow Harvesting

Categories: Faces of Meadows Guest Connection Media Center Weather Blog

In the summer of 2014, Mt. Hood Meadows grooming and vehicle maintenance crews teamed up to build a high-capacity snow trailer to transport snow. They gutted a snowcat, and built the aluminum frame hydraulic bed on the chassis. No one knew then how critically important that snow hauler would become for a snow-starved 2014-15 season, and for seasons to come. The innovation is credited for being able to open terrain that season that would not have been possible with the skimpy snowpack. Snow harvesting and transporting was born.

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Mask up at Meadows this season

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Masks will be required at Mt. Hood Meadows this seasonTwo of the primary ways you can prevent the spread of Coronavirus is to socially distance - and wear a mask. The mask, when worn correctly, reduces your chance of getting infected, and, just as importantly, reduces the chance that you will spread it to someone else...

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Our "Uplifting" plan for the season

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“Mt. Hood Meadows Lift Operations department is responsible for the safe uphill transport of our guests and team members,” says Lift Ops Manager Cody Howe.  With the social distancing and safety protocols brought on by COVID, there will be some additional challenges this season, requiring the cooperation of our guests who share the responsibility to help keep us all safe.

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Managing visitation by spreading out demand to responsibly accommodate the most skiers and snowboarders possible

Categories: Guest Connection Media Center COVID

Mt. Hood Meadows will enter the 20/21 season with a plan to spread out visitation both by time of day and day of week, thanks to a redesigned dynamic ticketing program. Our goal is to maximize the greatest amount of visitation possible, while maintaining safety protocols to protect our team and our guests.

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White River Fire still burning

Categories: Guest Connection Weather Blog Media Center

A plume of smoke over the White River wild fire caught on Mt. Hood Meadows Toyota Vista Mountain CamThe White River wildfire that sparked 10 days ago south of Mt. Hood has grown in the last 24 hours. A billowing plume of smoke rising high above the ridgeline was captured on our Toyota Mountain Cameras. The Vista cam shows the towering plume Thursday afternoon.

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Bull wheel hoisted in Sahale to celebrate the chairlift

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The 7,000 pound bull wheel, previously used on the upper terminal of the Hood River Express lift, was hoisted into place last week in the Sahale building. This will be the first of many hoists in what will be the slope side Bullwheel Bar in Sahale. The bar will celebrate the chairlift, and those who build and maintain them. It will be decorated with chairlift imagery and literally built out of chairlift components.

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Tour Sahale with our CEO

Categories: Culinary Services Guest Connection Inside Meadows Sahale

CEO Matthew Drake takes you on a tour of the new Sahale building. The walk-through took place Saturday, June 13 and provides a progress report on the 23,000-square-foot building, which is scheduled to open this December. The building will house our new equipment rental center and Meadows Learning Center on the first floor, and a 10,000-square-foot dining and meeting space on the second floor.

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Uphill Travel Still a No Go

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Mt. Hood from the north side showing off Cooper SpurWith the announcement that Timberline will begin limited lift operations, there has been questions about whether Mt. Hood Meadows will operate lifts or allow uphill travel. At this time, our status is unchanged. We’ve already announced that we won’t be running lifts - we are beyond our season which would have ended May 2.

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Season comes to an end - now what? Mountain Update

Categories: COVID Guest Connection Inside Meadows Media Center Safety

It’s been a month since we announced operations were suspended at Meadows in compliance with the Governor’s stay-at-home order and the eventual closing of recreational areas and access on the Mt. Hood National Forest. This video will bring you up to date on our current status and what we’ve been working on for the past month.

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Sno-Kona Pond Skim Video and Photo Contest

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Sno-Kona Pond Skim at Mt. Hood MeadowsThe 13th annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim is a no-go this year, due to our current stay home status. But we're still celebrating the outrageous costumes, big splashes and smooth style of past pond skims with a video and photo contest.

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Jenn Lockwood exercise routines for Peak fitness

Categories: Faces of Meadows Guest Connection

Jennifer Lockwood is a member of the elite Technical Team for the Northwest Professional Ski Instructors of America, Training Coordinator and Snowsports Instructor at Mt. Hood Meadows Mountain Resort and the owner of PEAK fitness NW in Mount Hood, Oregon. Jenn is putting together weekly exercises that will keep your muscles engaged as you think about getting back on the snow - whenever that may be.

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Mt. Hood Meadows suspends winter operations

Categories: COVID Guest Connection Media Center

Flags wave above the lodge at Mt. Hood MeadowsAfter much consideration and evaluation of the current COVID-19 Pandemic we have decided that it is in the best interest of our guests, our team and our community to suspend winter operations until further notice. We have been in close contact with our local health authorities, and in compliance with state and federal advisories, we believe this is the most responsible course of action.

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Coronavirus Update

Categories: COVID Guest Connection Media Center

Mt. Hood above Mt. Hood MeadowsWe told you we would take this week of suspension to evaluate the situation and consider options for operations moving forward. Our leadership team is meeting daily to assess, share information and visualize scenarios for a return to operation.

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Viral Vigilance

Categories: Guest Connection Media Center Inside Meadows Meadows Cares COVID

Wash hands frequently to prevent spread of disease at Mt. Hood MeadowsOur greatest concern continues to be the safety and well being of our guests and our team members. As a company that desires to create enriching experiences recreating and discovering the mountain, we firmly believe providing the opportunity for our guests to uplift themselves is vitally important.

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Toyota Presents “SpringSation” at Mt. Hood Meadows

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Snow enthusiasts celebrating in the sunshine at the top of the Blue lift at Mt. Hood MeadowsWinter continues to bring snow to Mt. Hood Meadows, which has 176 inches at mid mountain and has received 306 inches of snow so far this season. Meadows swings into Spring mode - with an awesome lineup of events during Toyota SpringSation at Mt. Hood Meadows. From the Spring Brewfest to the Sno-Kona Pond Skim, Meadows events are filled with fun and great for spectating.

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Spring Passes go on sale February 17

Categories: Guest Connection Media Center

Spring Pass poster at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows has announced pricing and dates for its Spring Season Pass. The Pass provides every day access beginning Monday, March 9, but can be used as a Night Season Pass starting Monday, February 17 for 3 – 9 PM night skiing and snowboarding.

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Experience Packages for this lovely historic weekend that dare to make a difference

Categories: Guest Connection Inside Meadows Meadows Cares

Experience packages at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows is tying together a holiday of love and history with your desire to dare to dream and make a difference. We've created highly meaningful and affordable experience packages, so you can enjoy and celebrate the mountain. Packages combine on the snow experiences with high value logoed items, each package thoughtfully customized for those who will enjoy it.

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Love Your Mountain this President's Weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows

Categories: Culinary Services Guest Connection Media Center

A couple enjoy the romance of the mountain at Mt. Hood MeadowsThe Holiday weekend is filled with alluring activities and events splendidly crafted and presented to deepen your love and appreciation of this magnificent mountain. Starting off with a Love Your Mountain learn to ski and snowboard event and Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, and wrapping up with a special $20 on-line lift ticket offer for Monday night, the holiday weekend will be filled with discovery and enchantment.

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Cascade Express Deja Vu

Categories: Guest Connection Media Center Weather Blog Inside Meadows

Cascade Express between deicing operations just before weather moved in at Mt. Hood MeadowsIt’s kind of like the movie Ground Hog’s Day - Storm hits, team deices and recovers, then another storm or icing incident and we wake up, deice and recover all over again. We’ve experienced some fairly extreme weather this January - even compared to our normal upper mountain standards.

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Remembering Don Ball

Categories: Guest Connection Inside Meadows

We want to recognize the passing of long time instructor and mentor Don Ball, who took his last run to glory in November. Don joined the Meadows ski school as an instructor in the 60s, and continued teaching through the 2012 season and guest hosting after that.

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Ready for the BIG Holiday Weekend

Categories: Guest Connection Media Center Transportation

Zeb Yaklich photo of the awesome conditions at Mt. Hood MeadowsOk. No surprises here. Meadows has received six feet of snow this week - and it’s been mighty fine. Some of the best powder we’ve had in years. And there’s more forecast overnight Friday into Saturday so conditions will be awesome. Thanks to Zeb Yaklich for this Friday photo showing how awesome the conditions are.

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Opening Day at Meadows

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A crowd of enthusiastic riders lined up for first chair at Daisy on our opening preview day at Meadows. Snow harvesting supplemented the 30 inches of natural snow received this week for decent coverage on the terrain served by Buttercup, Daisy and Easy Rider. The Ballroom Carpet is also operating.

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When will Meadows open?

Categories: Weather Blog Guest Connection

Five day forecast has snow in it for Mt. Hood MeadowsThat is the big question on everyone’s mind - including our team. We are all anxiously awaiting the falling of snowflakes, hopefully by the millions. The current forecast is promising, with snowflakes in the window through Wednesday.

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Dynamic Ticketing Successfully Changing Visitation Patterns Moving Guest Visits to Off-Peak Times

Categories: Guest Connection Inside Meadows Media Center

A snowboarder crests a ridge on a powdery day at Mt. Hood MeadowsLast season Mt. Hood Meadows introduced dynamic ticket pricing on its daily lift tickets. The price of a daily seven-hour lift ticket would be determined by demand - the more popular a day and the bigger turnout expected, the higher the price would be on tickets for that day, creating even better deals on days with less visitation.

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Season Pass Deadline Extended through Monday

Categories: Guest Connection Inside Meadows

Sunday we experienced an interruption in service from our credit card processing vendor that affected our webstore. For a three hour period, we were not able to transact season pass or any other online purchase. We have heard from many of our pass holders who were affected by the outage, and unable to make their purchase.

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Sahale Phase One Construction Completed

Categories: Sahale Guest Connection

Phase one construction has been successfully completed on our Sahale building - a 23,000 square foot structure that will house our Meadows Learning Center, rental center, Children's Learning Center and 10,000 square feet of restaurant and dining space. The project is on schedule to open in December 2020, at the start of next season.

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Mt Hood Meadows Ski Exchange for All Access Passholders

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Graphic of 2019-20 All Access Season Pass pricing with Pass Exchange resorts and skier in the backgroundMt. Hood Meadows continues it’s ski exchange with some of the most prominent independent ski areas in the Northwest. In addition to five days at Washington's Mt. Baker, All Access pass purchasers will receive three days at Whitefish Resort in Montana, three days at Eaglecrest Ski Area in Alaska, and unlimited days with pre-booked lodging nights at Grand Targhee, Wyoming.

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Discover our Geocaches on the mountain

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Hidden at Mt. Hood Meadows are five geocaches you can discoverThere are many ways to explore the wonder and beauty of Mt. Hood. Geocaching provides all the fulfillment of experiencing this magnificent mountain, but adds the spirit of adventure and discovery as you navigate and explore in search of these caches.

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Winter Summer Clash Meadows Offers Memorial Day Weekend Operations

Categories: Culinary Services Guest Connection Media Center Weather Blog

A snowboarder makes a spring carve on Cascade at Mt. Hood Meadows(Mt. Hood, OR — Immediate Release) — It’s the intersection of winter and summer Memorial Day Weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows. Meadows plans to operate two lifts - the Daisy chair and the Cascade Express quad to access spectacular wide open snow fields Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. Lift hours are 8 AM - 2 PM each day weather can conditions permitting.

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Powerful Storm forecast to bring Big Time Powder - What You Need To Know

Categories: Media Center Weather Blog Guest Connection Inside Meadows

A snowboard shreds new powder while his buddy watches at Mt. Hood MeadowsThe brunt of this winter storm will hit over the next 48 hours. We expect at least a foot of snow overnight by our scheduled Monday morning lift openings, with another two or more feet by Tuesday morning. All this snow is being delivered by an active storm with very strong winds. So while we are all looking to dive into this fresh powder, we do need to set some expectations.

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