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Mount Hood ski resort creates new pass after tracking visitation trends during pandemic.

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD MEADOWS/RICHARD HALLMAN - Winter sport enthusiasts at Mt. Hood Meadows have been enjoying the snow accumulation brought by the Valentines Day weekend storm. There was 171 inches at midmountain as of Feb. 17. As of Feb. 19, winter sport enthusiasts can purchase passes to Mt. Hood Meadows for midweek-only. Carriers of these passes can ski or snowboard from open to close beginning March 1 through the end of the season.

Meadows stopped selling season passes in November as part of its efforts to "manage visitation in this COVID-affected season," according to a recent statement from resort representatives.

"Resort officials are pleased with the results of the efforts, noting visitation patterns indicate there is routinely more available lift capacity midweek," representatives added.

The midweek pass can be purchased for $239 for adults 25-64 years old, $219 for ages 65-74 and $199 for ages 7-24. Those with night passes are now also able to upgrade their passes to allow midweek access for $199.

Meadows plans to operate daily through April 18, then on weekends until the tentative closing date of May 1.

Meadows is also offering a midweek pass package for $299, which includes the midweek pass, three lessons and unlimited ski or snowboard rentals from March 1 through the rest of the season.

"This is an incredibly affordable way for those wanting to learn to ride in the springtime frame and have flexibility to ride midweek," explained resort representatives. COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD MEADOWS/RICHARD HALLMAN - Mt. Hood Meadows has amassed a base area of snow of 11 feet and anticipates receiving more.

Cross country skiing enthusiasts may also benefit from the spring Nordic access option, which can be added on to a pass for $29. The Nordic pass price will be $45 for adults and $29 for ages 18 and under as of March 1.

"With more than 11 feet of snow in the base area and another two to three feet forecast the next several days, conditions and coverage should be more than adequate for the rest of the season," representatives said on Feb. 17. "Meadows has received 65 inches of snow the last six days, and there is a favorable forecast for several more feet (of snow) in the next week. The base (of our) snow depth is 132 inches (11 feet) with 171 inches at midmountain."

The Midweek Pass will replace the usual Spring Pass typically offered during the late season at Meadows.

For more information, visit the resort website at SkiHood.com.


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