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La Niña is coming - could it be another big snow season?

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A skier floats through primo powder during the 2010-11 La Niña season at Mt. Hood MeadowsIt’s great to see some of the industry media talking about the potential for a big snow season. It is a La Niña “three-peat”, so we have that going for us. La Niña generally means more snow for Mt. Hood.

Unofficial Networks likens the upcoming season to the huge 2010-11 La Niña season that dumped 620 inches of snow at Mt. Hood MeadowsUnofficial Networks is comparing the upcoming season to 2010-11 - which happened to be a massive snow year for Meadows, with 620 inches of seasonal snowfall (measured from the opening storm through closing day).

2010-11 was an amazing season - the iconic Brian Robb shot of Kyle Griffith on God’s Wall was taken that season - on December 31, 2010!

Kyle Griffith skis down God's Wall at Mt. Hood Meadows - Brian Robb photo

So, La Niña can deliver big time and we’re all excited about when it will start. We’re sensing a weather change on the mountain - it’s chillier and the forecast has the potential for a dusting or two over the weekend, continuing with the high-elevation snow next week. forecasting rain with snow in the higher elevations in SeptemberWe’ve also noticed an uptick in our season pass sales, which is usual after Labor Day. It was at this time last year there was a bit of a rush on All Access Passes as we approached pricing thresholds. While we don't have a set deadline for purchasing, we recommend getting your pass as soon as possible, as all passes are subject to dynamic pricing, which means that prices will increase as sales increase, and some products may eventually be cut off entirely to help manage visitation. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a big La Niña season like 2010-11 - or pretty much any season when the forecast is for above-normal precipitation with below-normal temperatures, creating awesome days like the one below.

Powder fields at Mt. Hood Meadows during a La Niña season Bring it!