The Mt. Hood Express replacement project is well-underway as heavy equipment on the hill is clearing snow to expose our summer roads.
For your safety
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.
Watch the rescue video
Your Responsibility Code # 10:
If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee
Collisions between individuals and collisions with fixed objects have always been inherent hazards to attaching slippery boards on our feet and then using gravity to go fast.
Your Responsibility Code # 9
Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
This new guideline was added to Your Responsibility Code to emphasize the importance of not riding under the influence.
Celebrate and recreate responsibly
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.
Your Responsibility Code # 6
READ AND OBEY ALL SIGNS, WARNINGS, AND HAZARD MARKINGS.
Mt Hood Meadows uses a variety of signs, discs, bamboo and ropes for markings hazards, creating internal and external boundaries, and separating different types of terrain.
Your Responsibility Code # 5:
YOU MUST PREVENT RUNAWAY EQUIPMENT
Skis and boards without owners can easily become unguided missiles on our slopes. Avoiding dangerous runaway gear is up to you.
Responsibility Code # 4:
LOOK UPHILL AND AVOID OTHERS BEFORE STARTING DOWNHILL OR ENTERING A TRAIL
As we continue to review Your Responsibility Code in this blog series we can see how these guidelines work together to enhance your safety at busy resorts…
Responsibility Code # 3:
STOP ONLY WHERE YOU ARE VISIBLE FROM ABOVE AND DO NOT RESTRICT TRAFFIC
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!
It is every skier or rider's individual responsibility to know the right-of-way on the slopes. When approaching others, it is the uphill or faster rider's duty to avoid a collision.
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
April 13, 2022 - Forget Spring - it’s been full on winter this week at Mt. Hood Meadows.
We 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.
Kelci 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.
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
As we enter the holiday week with winter storm warnings all over the place, we first want to reflect and thank our team and our guests. In these unprecedented times it truly is remarkable that we are able to experience and share the joy of mountain recreation with each other.
Prepare for our holiday week
Our featured trail this week is Jack's Woods, so we thought it appropriate to post it here on the blog with a look back to last September, when a wildfire put our permit in jeopardy.
In 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.
Photo: Colin Meagher
Mt. Hood Meadows Risk Manager Anna Laxague is one of three Safety Champion finalists going into next week’s NSAA Spring Convention; and Mt. Hood Meadows is a finalist for Best Employee Safety Program.
We’re down to the last handful of days of the season - lifts are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 23 - 25) and then Friday and Saturday (April 30 and May 1). Our closing day is Saturday, May 1. The video above was shot by our ambassador Chauncey Sorenson yesterday.
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Making the most of a bluebird day at Meadows, with the peak day early load at Hood River Express.
Two 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...
“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.
Get to know our plan
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.
Read the Details
An update on our Gated Access Terrain from Brian Murphy - our Snow Safety Supervisor: