What is the Value Pass?
This is our most affordable Season Pass that offers every day access for the resort’s scheduled 140+ day season. However, some days (known as Peak Days) the access on a Value Pass doesn’t start until 2 PM.
What are Peak Days?
These are the time frames that Meadows tends to have the largest turnout of visitation, meaning parking lots can reach capacity early and there’s a greater likelihood of lift lines. The Value Pass is designed to avoid these most busy time frames. Seasoned guests have learned to negotiate the peak day congestion, by arriving early or shuttling.
Here are the dates we’ve identified as Peak Days - when the Value Pass doesn’t provide lift access until after 2 PM:
- December 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023
- Saturdays and Sundays in January and February through March 5, 2023
- Martin Luther King and President’s Monday Holidays
What if I want to use my Value Pass on a Peak Day?
Your Value Pass is valid even on Peak Days, but not until after 2 PM. These Peak Days fall into our night operating season, so that means you can still ride lifts from 2 - 9 PM on Peak Days.
No, I mean I want to use my Value Pass on a Peak DAY!
Gotcha. If you wish to ride on a Peak Day before 2 PM, you will need to purchase one of our dynamically priced Lift Tickets for that time period.
If I Add All Access Upgrade, do I need to purchase any other days?
No. You have created a pass with Unlimited Access, all hours of lift operations for the whole season. This is basically the same as our old Unlimited Pass.
Can I use the free lift ticket from purchasing before May 31 for my own Peak Day Access?
Yes! But you'll need to stop by a point of sale at the ski area to apply it to your pass before you head to the lifts.
Can I give my Day Access to others?
No. These are not transferable - they will only work with your pass.
Are unused Peak Days refundable?
No, so you will want to make sure to use any Peak Days you added on before the Peak season ends.
Do you really think this will work?
Yes. It has worked in a variety of resorts and is used daily for such things as determining your electric bill (peak demand pricing) or selecting airline seats. It follows the basic law of supply and demand. Value pricing, also known as congestion pricing, is a broad term covering an array of options in which a higher price is charged when demand is greater. The goal of value pricing is to reduce congestion by encouraging some people to visit at less congested times or shift the hours they visit, and to provide users with a more enjoyable experience.
Does it work for everyone?
It works great for those that have the flexibility to visit off-peak! A great price and less congestion. The peak day experience will also improve through reduced visits from those whose visitation pattern is influenced through this value pricing (even if it is a relatively small amount). There is also the benefit of having the discussion about peak days, what causes the congestion and how we can all work together to reduce it that will also help improve the overall experience for guests on peak days.
Will it work for me?
We feel all Northwesterners deserve the Mt. Hood Meadows experience and that process begins for many with selecting and budgeting for the right product to match the experience they are seeking. In balancing all of the variables (some of which are discussed above), the Value Pass is our best attempt to set our guests up for the experience they desire:
- It offers an affordable option to ski/ride nearly every day of the season
- It provides a better experience for all who wish to come to Mt. Hood Meadows
- It creates a seamless purchasing experience that gives our guests the power to decide what level of access is right for them.