Mt. Hood Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort operates on a special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest, offering some of the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding in the Northwest. Meadows is a full-service winter resort providing everything you need for a refreshing and memorable day on the mountain. Base facilities are housed in North and South lodges (easy access to five lifts) and includes equipment rental and demo centers, sport shops, restaurants, adult and children’s ski schools and daycare. Also a satellite base lodge and skier services center at Hood River Meadows.

Mt. Meadows History

In 1966 the Forest Service recognized a need for another special use operation as a ski resort.  Frankiln G Drake and friends got together after seeing an ad in the newspaper asking for applications to create and operate a ski resort. Drake and friends were awarded a 30 year permit to plan, build, and operate a ski area on Mt. Hood. Work quickly started on creating the ski area and a partial operation began in 1967 while the area was eagerly awaiting completion of Highway 35. By February 1969, Mt. Hood Meadows had expanded to operating seven days a week. The 1970s brought a decade of development of ski school and gained national recognition, including the U.S. Ski Team designating Meadows as an official summer training site. The 1980s saw expansion of Mt. Hood Meadows, including slope side medical center, additional chairlifts, expansion of terrain into Heather Canyon, and construction of the North Lodge. 2001 saw the acquisition of Cooper Spur Ski Area adding additonal acres to ski closer to Hood River. 2014 saw a shift to year round operation when Meadows began offering scenic chair rides, guided hikes, summer camps and events.

Check out the brand new Sahale Lodge, completed Fall 2020. Sahale Lodge boasts 23,500 square feet of dining and resort services space. 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0/5 TripAdvisor Traveler Rating based on 82 reviews


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    April 26, 2022

    Just as good as colorado or utah

    when the conditions are right, low temperature and recent five feet of snow overnight, it's as good as going to Utah. I don't feel need to travel anywhere else! short lift lines even on weekends, helpful and friendly staff, veteran discount. beautiful views of Mt Hood and Adams.

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    February 27, 2022

    Tix purchased online in advance were not honored

    Funny story about our experience 😐My son and I reserved 2 full day tickets a month in advance by purchasing online. We drove from Seattle to Hood but Meadows had closed their parking lot and their parking crew sent us home…no entry. They said they were full, and no additional skiers could enter the grounds regardless of our reservation/ticket. I mentioned we drove there BECAUSE we reserved tickets in advance, to which they said "Sorry, we’re closed and that’s the reality brah.” LOL – reminds of the Seinfeld – They know how to TAKE a reservation, but they don’t know how to HOLD a reservation….and the HOLD part is the most important thing about the reservation. Oh, they did say although there were no refunds… that we could get credit for another day.

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    January 24, 2022

    Our food server had a mask but visible lice in their dreads.

    We were wondering if going to be so close to Portland would the people at Mt Hood be a problem... Yep, they were. They were the most unprofessional and ignorant staff we have ever experienced in our 40 some years visiting major ski areas. Never again. Save your money and go someplace else. It is a shame Mt Hood, Portland, and Oregon, in general, have devolved into the subhuman.

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    February 6, 2021

    Terrible, rude service and staff

    The skiing looks great but the terrible service made us leave immediately. We oversaw purchasing lift passes in advance and they wouldn’t sell them to us at the counter (you could only buy them online). While we were trying to do so, an employee by name of Natkia kicked us out of the lodge and told us that we had to purchase the ticket outside, in the parking lot. “No loitering allowed”, she said. We’re trying to spend almost a thousand dollars and we’re loitering? If that’s how they treat their business, you should take your business elsewhere. I would recommend Timberline.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    February 4, 2021
    Cory W

    If you are going to park an RV - READ THIS

    If you intend to stay in an RV read this! I have been skiing Mt Hood Meadows for over 30 years. In recent years management has changed and many of the employees have voiced "my job is no longer fun" and "this will be my last year because of "that" employee". Regardless, the terrain is still some of the best on the mountain. Recently I asked an employee about the RV policy. I did EXACTLY what that employee had told me was OKAY to do and in the morning I had to pay $300! to get a "traffic boot" removed from my truck or they were going to tow it and I would have to pay thousands. I quickly learned there was no discussion to be had, paid the fee, and tried to enjoy some skiing. I wrote the GM Greg Pack. I explained to him the situation. I received a reply which I appreciated and was even thanked for my professionalism. I never lost my cool with anyone as I knew this was simply a misunderstanding and there was NO WAY they would charge me $300 for doing EXACTLY what an employee told me to do. I was wrong! The parking manager Jess and GM Greg Pack made it very clear that me and my family don't matter to Mt Hood Meadows. I was even told that if we chose to never come back that there are hundreds of other people waiting to take my parking spot each and every day! This may be true, but you don't say that to your "guests!" All I can say is don't take an employee at their word, be sure to do your own research and certainly follow the RV rules to the letter as Mt Hood Meadows doesn't like RV's, their families or the fact they could fit multiple cars where our one vehicle parks! Its all about the money and Management has begin to make this evident in their policies, the people they put in positions of power and how they respond to their guests during a very challenging time in the world...

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Snow Report

  • Status


  • 24HR


  • BASE


More information about Mt. Hood Meadows

  • Acres of Terrain


  • Average Annual Snowfall

    430 inches

  • Base Lodge Elevation

    5,366 feet

  • Beginner Runs


  • Bottom Lift Elevation

    4,523 feet

  • Expert Runs


  • Intermediate Runs


  • Maximum Run Length

    3 miles

  • Night Skiing


  • Number of Runs


  • Top Lift Elevation

    7,300 feet

  • Total Lifts


  • Vertical Drop

    2,777 feet