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Mount Hood resort assortment of attractions almost fully open after holiday storm

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GRANT MYRDAL - Heather Canyon opened Dec. 27, offering expert skiing terrain to the public. All Mt. Hood Meadows wanted for Christmas was a hefty load of snow to open its assorted attractions for the holiday season. After Dec. 24, the resort got its wish.

"Meadows has received 121 inches of snowfall so far this season with a settled base of 98 inches at mid-mountain," resort spokesperson Dave Tragethon said in a statement. "All eyes are now on Private Reserve, gated access terrain that requires additional snow bridges for egress, expected to open soon."

Almost all 2,150 acres of the permit area is now open.

At around 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, a winter storm moved in over the resort. This snowfall allowed for an accumulation of 61 inches at Meadows' base and 92 inches at mid-mountain by Dec. 24.

Meadows received about two feet of new snow within 30 hours, claiming to have gained the "third deepest snowpack in North America according to Unofficial Networks."

By the time the flurries settled, Cooper Spur Ski Area and Nordic Center, now under Meadows' ownership, was opened with a base depth of 10 inches.

Cooper Spur, located on the north side of Mount Hood about 23 miles south of Hood River, opened Wednesday, Dec. 26. The ski area offers 6.5 kilometers of trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, as wells as lodging. Ski and snowboard lessons are also available with the purchase of a lift ticket.

The gates have also been dropped at Heather Canyon at Meadows, opening expert terrain areas to the public. The canyon boasts "some of the most exhilarating steep double-black diamond expert terrain in the Northwest," according to Tragethon's statement.

Meadows received a snowfall of nearly a foot overnight and opened Heather Canyon on Dec. 27.

For lift schedules and conditions, visit skihood.com.

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