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Mt. Hood Meadows Drone Policy

Due to safety and privacy concerns, Mt. Hood Meadows prohibits the operation or use on or above our permit area of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public—including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists—without the prior written authorization from Mt. Hood Meadows.  This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries.  This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from Mt. Hood Meadows permit area, as well as any launched from private property outside of the permit area boundaries. This is a year around prohibition, not just during operating seasons. 

Please contact Director of Mountain Operations Mel Toney at if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any such devices.

Any authorized operation of drones on or above Mt. Hood Meadows permit area will be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and U.S. Forest Service regulations, as well as those policies separately established by Mt. Hood Meadows, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.  Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your access privileges to Mt. Hood Meadows, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any  prohibited equipment, and may subject violators to any liability for damages, including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy, and physical injuries to persons and/or property, as well as legal fees.