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Mt Hood Meadows


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Mt Hood Meadows


Powder Alliance
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

43

Rank in
Region

6

Rank in
State

2

This resort is often compared with:

Mt. Hood SkiBowl
Mt. Bachelor
Timberline Lodge
Best time for snow at
Mt Hood Meadows
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Mt Hood Meadows

Powder
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Powder Forecast
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True Snow: 450" per year
Snow Quality Rank

57

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

12

Mt Hood Meadows is ranked No. 12 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

17.9%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

33.5%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

9.2%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

12

Mt Hood Meadows is ranked No. 12 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

57

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Mt Hood Meadows

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
12
score
77.4
Overall
rank
43
score
74.1
Expert
rank
45
score
42.3

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

2777 ft

7300 ft
Base Elevation: 4523 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Mt Hood Meadows

At Mt. Hood Meadows 19.2% of winter days see 6 inches or more of snow, 35% of winter months see 90 inches or more, and only 7% of months see less than 30 inches. This is top tier snow frequency, exceeded only by a handful of North American ski areas. The key risk to snow conditions is not drought but rain. This is a minor issue for the locals, who can sit out the wet weather and wait to ski the next week’s dump. It does, however, make planning a big trip involving air travel here more of a gamble. Hood Meadows has the best combination of altitude and terrain quality of the Mt. Hood areas for powder skiing. Be prepared with the fattest, most rockered skis you can get for the sometimes thick Northwest snow.

Accumulation and Preservation

With its huge snowfalls, Hood Meadows is often well covered by mid-December and is less than half open by Christmas in about 15% of seasons. Altitude range is 4,500 - 7,300 but primary exposure is east, so melt/freeze conditions are likely by February if it has not snowed recently. Mt. Hood Meadows accumulates a deep snowpack and usually operates on weekends to mid-May.