With a snowy week in the forecast, Mt. Hood Meadows presents a December loaded with events, holiday camps and festivities, increased transportation options and an expanded operational schedule. Meadows is prepping for the holidays and is open daily at 9 AM, and all resort services including restaurants, Meadows Learning Center ski and snowboard lessons, Day Care and retail stores are offered. For conditions and daily lifts scheduled visit the resort website SkiHood.com.
Night Operations Scheduled to begin Friday
The night season is scheduled to begin this Friday, December 14, when lifts will run from 9 AM to 9 PM at Meadows (conditions permitting.) Entering the holiday season, lifts are scheduled from 9 AM – 9 PM every day from December 14 through January 6, except for four evenings – December 17, 18, 24 and January 1 when lifts will run from 9 AM – 4 PM. On New Year’s Eve lifts will run until after midnight to ring in the New Year.
Night skiing offers affordable riding (tickets are just $39 from 3 – 9 PM,) and a romance “under the lights” all its own. Meadows restaurants, retail shops, rental center continue to operate until lifts close and Meadows Learning Center offers evening adult and children’s group lessons for skiing and snowboarding.
Nordic Center is Open for the Season
Meadows Nordic Center is open for the season with access to groomed track from 9 AM – 4 PM Thursdays through Mondays. Currently the Nordic Center has a Sprint Loop and the Sahale Falls trail open for cross country skiing, as well as offering Nordic equipment rentals and lessons. More trails will open with more snow – up to the 15 kilometers of trails offered. The Nordic Center will be open every day from December 13 through January 7 and then return to it’s regular Thursday – Monday weekly schedule.
Park and Ride Weekend and Holiday Transportation Revs Up Saturday
Meadows popular Park and Ride will roll weekends and holidays starting Saturday and running every day through January 2 (except for Christmas Day.) Luxury motor coaches offer individual seating (and have onboard bathrooms) pick up at three Portland locations in Tualatin, Beaverton and Gateway, delivering guests to the ski area by 9 AM. The service allows guests to avoid the driving hassle, chaining and unchaining and helps reduce overall peak day traffic congestion heading to the mountain. Round trip bus fare is $25 and must be purchased in advance online at SkiHood.com.
Winter Brew Fest December 15
Meadows will celebrate with a magnificent toast to the mountain at the annual Winter Brew Fest December 15 from Noon – 4 PM in Vertical – overlooking the base area. Local brewers will present their most popular brews and seasonals. Admission is $16 which includes a souvenir mug and four drink tickets. Additional samples are $1.50 each. The event is for ages 21 and older and features brews from Double Mountain, Full Sail, pFriem, Everybody’s Brewing, Backwoods, Widmer, Hopworks, Ninkasi and Burnside Breweries.
The Green Room an original Dub Rock band from Portland will perform live at the Brew Fest. They bring positive energy and good vibes inspired by the best of the Pacific NW – combining reggae beats, heavy bass lines, inspirational lyrics, horns and percussion with electronic effects, delays and textures. They get their listeners moving and take the room energy to a higher place!
Holiday Break Camps December 17 – 19 and 26 – 28
Meadows Learning Center presents three-day holiday camps for kids and adults twice during the winter break. The three-day format allows campers to progress skills quickly, while making friends with the same group and instructors all three days. There are camps for kids, specialized freestyle camps and adult camps as well. Packages with lift ticket, equipment rentals and instruction are customized for the skill and experience level of the camper. Purchase in advance online at SkiHood.com.
Breakfast with Santa December 22 and 23
It’s a waffle and parfait party with the J.O.E. (jolly old elf) fireplace-side in Vertical, overlooking the base area. Two servings at 8 AM and 9 AM are served up both Saturday and Sunday, with the chance to let Santa know what is on your list for Christmas. Reservations required ($8 for ages 6 and under | $12 for ages 7 and older.)
Hood River FREE Peak Day Shuttle starts December 22
Our Peak Day Shuttle will run daily from December 22 – January 1 (except Christmas Day) and weekends in January and February as well as MLK and Presidents Day Holidays.
Skip the traffic, skip putting on chains and skip the long walk from the back of the parking lot! We are offering four buses, operated by First Student, that will make four round trips each from the Hood River Event Site. Parking is free at the Hood River Event Site and the shuttle ride is free as well.
Daily Snow Shoe Tours December 26 – 31
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and join us for a tour through trees and meadows with a scenic view of frosty Umbrella Falls. Our snowshoe tours are an incredible way for our guests who don’t ski or snowboard to experience the beauty and inspiration of the being on the mountain.
New Year’s Eve December 31 presented by pFriem
Welcome in the New Year at Mt. Hood Meadows! Join us for a rockin’ New Year’s party thrown by pFriem where late night lifts, fireworks, music, an amazing dinner, dancing and more will carry you into 2019! There’s a special kids New Year’s Eve party, fireworks at 10:15 and an incredible buffet dinner (reservations required.) Counterfeit Hits perform high energy songs from the 70s to now starting at 9 PM at Vertical, and count down to the champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight! Happy New Year!