Ian Steger had done everything right. He was snowboarding in deep powder near Mt. Baker with a group of friends. He had a beacon, shovel, probe and walkies. But in an instant, he found himself upside down in a tree well.
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Your Responsibility Code # 8
You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely.
If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
Do you know how many lifts Meadows has?
Your Responsibility Code # 7
KEEP OFF CLOSED TRAILS AND OUT OF CLOSED AREAS
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.
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
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!
Read this before you head to the mountain
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!
Mt. 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
We 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.
On behalf of the entire Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort Team, we want to sincerely thank you for your patience, compliance, and loyal patronage during this challenging season.
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Days 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.
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!
We are pleased to see that COVID-19 risk levels are improving in Oregon, indicating that we are following guidance to reduce transmission of the infection. But the virus is still circulating so for now there is no indoor dining at Meadows.
Photo: 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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Normally at this time of year, we invite all of our team members to a night of appreciation - with an hour or two of evening lift rides, a fantastic buffet feast, beverages, a massive giveaway of prizes and presentations of appreciation. It is truly one of the best events we do at Meadows. This season, we met virtually in order to honor and appreciate our team in a safe and responsible way.
As we approach the holiday season, we know many can’t wait to get to the mountain. It is your escape mentally and physically - it is your gym. We look forward to providing this much needed experience - let’s face it, we all need the physical and emotional break. That’s why we’re asking all of our guests to be conscientious and share Meadows with others.
The start of a wildfire was caught on our top of Vista Toyota Mountain Cam Monday.
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It’s been more than two months since the Stay at Home requirements brought our season to a halt. So our team wanted to share with you what they’ve been doing to prepare for next winter, what we’re optimistic about and what we are most looking forward to once we return to operations.
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In light of the recent announcements in Washington and Oregon, we are receiving questions from guests about our operations.
At this time we do not expect disruptions to our scheduled daily operations.
Our 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.
Mt. 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.
Show me the Experiences!
(Mt. Hood, OR) -- Mt. Hood ski areas have partnered with SOLVe for an All-Mountain cleanup event Saturday, September 21.
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Every two years the Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks fingerling trout in high mountain lakes. They use a helicopter to transport up to 24,000 fish per load to their destinations.
Mt. Hood Meadows has received a $5,000 grant from the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) to to significantly reduce green house gas emission caused by resort shuttle bus idling.
Mt. Hood Meadows was honored to host 23 middle school students from Tsuruta, Japan, last Thursday, who were visiting as part of the Tsuruta-Hood River Sister City cultural exchange program.
February’s ten feet of snow has given Mt. Hood Meadows one of the deepest snowpacks in North America. With a 176 inch mid-mountain base, Meadows heads into Spring with great conditions and a SpringSational line up of events.
February has been amazing - with 95” of snow so far and a forecast for two-to-four more feet over the next few days. Thank you El Nino! The video above is a playlist documenting just how awesome February has been at Mt. Hood Meadows.
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Timberline, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Summit, Cooper Spur and Mt. Hood Meadows ski areas support S. 3791/H.R. 763, the Federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act and Oregon House Bill 2020, the Oregon Climate Action Program.
Oregonians’ participation in outdoor recreation activities saves the state $1.4 billion annually in health care costs, according to a report released by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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Beginning January 22, those federal workers who have been furloughed can receive free midweek skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Mt. Hood Meadows CEO Matthew Drake today has requested U.S. Senators Wyden and Merkley, and Congressmen Walden and Blumenauer to resolve the government shutdown.
Snow enthusiasts will be able to hit the slopes on Martin Luther King day for just $20 during the annual Rotary Night fundraiser at Mt. Hood Meadows. The special $20 lift ticket is valid from 3 - 9 PM and must be purchased online in advance. Tickets the evening of at the ski area will be $25.