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Avalanche Reduction Operations

If you are intent on hiking for turns in our permit area please review the following:


  • You are on your own and we strongly encourage that you recreate elsewhere
  • There is currently no patrol or other MHM assistance available. Be mindful that any rescue will tax county resources
  • There are no hazard markings. There are many unmarked snow dozing projects throughout the permit area
  • As always, sledding is not allowed

Designated hiking routes are:

Heather Canyon Runout - Proceed uphill from the Hood River Meadows Parking Lot to the first sign just below Gods Wall. If the sign is CLOSED, exit the Mt. Hood Meadows Permit Area towards the Newton Drainage. Please do not travel further uphill on the Heather Canyon Runout. If the sign is OPEN, continue traveling uphill on the Heather Canyon Runout to the CLOSED sign directly adjacent to the bottom of the Heather Canyon Chairlift. Turn right, exiting the Mt. Hood Meadows Permit Area towards the Newton drainage.

South Boundary - From the main parking lot, proceed uphill toward the bottom of the Vista Chairlift. Turn left at the bottom of Vista exiting the Mt. Hood Meadows Permit Area.

Those who do hike for turns and want to re-enter the ski area boundary shall do so only into open terrain.

Ask Ski Patrol for additional information.

Mt. Hood Meadows has created this page in an effort to inform backcountry skiers and snowboarders of current Avalanche Reduction efforts within the Meadows permit boundary. Meadows uses remote delivery systems, including Artillery, for avalanche reduction. This work may be in progress at any time within the permit area. Information about current avalanche hazard reduction operations can be found on this web page, as well as by phone at 503.337.2222, ext. 1705.

Obey all posted signs and closures.

This information may change as conditions warrant so please check back for updates. Backcountry avalanche forecasts and information are available at .

Mt. Hood Meadows is equipped with the RECCO avalanche rescue system. Being equipped with RECCO reflectors can assist rescuers in helping you.