: Mt. Hood Meadows

Ski Oregon Conditions & Events

A frequently updated guide to what’s happening at Oregon’s ski areas.
October 17, 2019
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Update for October 2019

Winter is coming! The first snowfall has arrived across the mountains of Oregon. As the snowpack builds, we have plenty of ski season kick off events to participate in including Snowvana and the Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show among many others! Stay up-to-date by subscribing to the Ski Oregon email newsletter for updates as ski areas begin announcing opening dates.

In resort news Mt. Hood Meadows has added a new two acre paved overflow parking lot which can accommodate 250 additional vehicles this winter. The new Sahale Lodge build is on track for a December 2020 opening.

Mt. Bachelor had a busy off-season, with announcements on the new Mt. Bachelor Woodward Mountain Park, plus new beginner terrain in the Sunrise base area, three new beginner lifts and a remodeled Sunrise Lodge with increased parking.

Mt. Ashland has continued upgrades to the historic lodge and visitors will see many welcome improvements inside and out. The resort has also added dozens of new tree lines thanks to forest management over the summer.  Lift upgrades include a new haul rope and drive on Comer, and comfort bars added to the Sonnet beginner lift.

Upcoming Events

Weekend of November 1–3, 2019: Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show at the Portland Expo Center. This winter kick-off event, now in its 37th year, features a massive ski and snowboard gear sale covering almost two football fields with heavily discounted equipment and merchandise for all ages. In addition, SkiFever features plenty of entertainment including an indoor big air show and rail jam as well as the SkiFever BrewskiFest.

Week of November 11-17, 2019: The annual Portland Alpine Festival at Portland’s Mazamas headquarters. This homegrown event brings the mountain community together for six days of inspiring experiences. The 2019 event will feature attendance by top mountaineering and climbing athletes making waves on the national and international scene, with educational clinics and seminars, movie nights and a speaker series.

Tuesday, November 19, 2o19: Mt. Ashland Pray For Snow Party at Creekside Pizza.

Friday and Saturday, November 22-23: Snowvana at the Oregon Convention Center. Don’t miss the 4th Edition of the Northwest’s Fastest Growing Get Stoked Festival. Snowvana features the Mt. Hood Film Festival, a great selection of craft beers and spirits, live music from local artists, the latest gear from area retailers and manufacturer reps to provide advice. Snowvana is also the only place where you can pick up your season pass from all of Oregon’s top resorts

Friday, November 22, 2019: Tentative opening day at Willamette Pass.

Thursday, November 28, 2019: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Timberline Lodge with a bountiful feast. While the snow falls, the lodge will be serving a memorable multi-course meal from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. By reservation only.

Sunday, December 1, 2019: Tentative opening day at Mt. Hood Skibowl 

 

Saturday, December 7, 2019: Season Kick-Off Party at Mt. Hood Meadows. Location TBD.

Friday, December 13, 2019: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration at Timberline Lodge at 6:00pm.

Saturday, December 14, 2019: Tentative opening day at Mt. Ashland Ski Area.

December 14, 2019: Winter Brew Fest at Mt. Hood Meadows featuring some of the Northwest’s finest microbrews. Meadows will host locally owned and operated breweries who share a passion for the mountain and the outdoors.

Weekend of December 13-15, 2019: Dirksen Derby 12 at Mt. Bachelor.The Dirksen Derby Rally Race is a snowboard and sit-ski race through a hand dug course.

Sunday–Monday, December 22-23, 2019: Breakfast with Santa at Mt. Hood Meadows featuring a fireside breakfast with Santa in Vertical’s North Pole! Get pictures with Santa and enjoy a build-your-own waffle and yogurt bar.  Reservations are required.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019: Christmas Eve at Timberline Lodge. Join in the annual Christmas traditions welcoming Santa, singing carols by candle light around the fireplace and enjoying a sumptuous meal. Dinner by reservation only.

Tuesday, December 31: Welcome in the New Year at Mt. Hood Meadows

Welcome in the New Year at Mt. Hood Meadows Timberline Lodge & Ski Area  with night skiing begins at 4:00pm and continues until midnight. Dancing the night away with Nobody’s Sweetheart. Warm up in the Ram’s Head Bar and fireworks show at 10:00pm. Or make a reservation in the Cascade Dining Room for a NW Alpine inspired multi-course New Year’s Eve dinner, which includes a champagne toast, favors, live music & dancing, and fireworks.

Monday, January 20, 2020: Rotary Club Fundraiser at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Sunday, February 2: Super Bowl Sunday at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Opening Dates The 2019-20 Ski Season

Willamette Pass Resort is currently planning on opening November 22, 2o19. Check the conditions report for updates on opening.

Hoodoo Ski Area is currently closed for the season. Check the Mountain & Lift Status for the latest updates.

Mt. Bachelor is currently closed for the season. Check the conditions report for updates on opening day.

Mt. Hood Meadows is currently closed for the season. Check the conditions report for updates on opening day.

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area is currently closed for the season. Check the conditions report for updates on opening day.

Mt. Ashland is currently closed for the season, the tentative opening date is December 14, 2019. Check the Mountain Report for updates.

Cooper Spur Mountain Resort  is currently closed for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Follow the Cooper Spur website for updates.

Summit Ski Area is currently closed for the ski season. Check the resort homepage for updates on 2019-20 winter operations.

Anthony Lakes Ski Area is currently closed for the ski season. Check the website for updates on 2019-20 winter operations.

Ferguson Ridge is currently closed for the season. Check the Ferguson Ridge homepage for updates.

Warner Canyon is currently closed for the season.

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About The
Author

Annie Fast
Annie Fast is a lifelong snowboarder and traveler. She was the editor of TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine and prior to that worked at the summer snowboard camps on Mt. Hood. Annie writes about outdoor adventures from her home in Bend.

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