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Lingering snow provides plethora of activities at end of popular winter season

COURTESY PHOTO - Mt. Hood Meadows plans to offer multiple chances to enjoy the snow on Memorial Day weekend.For the first time in more than a decade, Mt. Hood Meadows plans to have snow for Memorial Day weekend, and staff have a full three days of activities in store to celebrate.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 25-27, the resort's staff will offer games, camps and a plethora of opportunities to enjoy one last weekend of mountain snow.

There will be a handful of games on the deck including bocci ball, cornhole, large format Jenga and the Seymour's Fort playground. There will also be a snowshoe tour on Cascade Express, wide-open field skiing and multiple-day long race camps and lessons.

"This is kind of a summer-winter clash," said Meadows Marketing Vice President Dave Tragethon. "We're starting to present activities we'll have for summer on the deck, RV parking as well as lift service."

Tragethon noted that people are already reserving spots for RVs and camps and purchasing lift tickets.

COURTESY PHOTO - There will be a handful of games, including bocci ball, corn hole, large format Jenga and the Seymour's Fort playground on the deck at Mt. Hood Meadows Memorial Day weekend. "If the weather cooperates, we know we're going to have a good turnout of the season pass holders and more," Tragethon said. "When we announced we'd have lift operations, the first thing people wanted to book was the Cascade snowshoe tour. We're really excited about the interest."

As a skier, Tragethon also looks forward to "making some turns wide open and the view from the top of Cascade (chairlift)."

"We got a tremendous snowpack and we're confident we'll be able to offer that experience up on Cascade," Tragethon said. "To be able to get those kind of runs in for skiers and snowboarders in the end of May really sets us apart."

However, he added, "the fun annually doesn't end when the snow melts. We have a full summer program too."

Meadows is at 14040 Highway 35, Mount Hood, about 10 miles east of Government Camp.

For more information about the Memorial Day weekend festivities, visit www.skihood.com/schedule-events/may1/memorial-day-weekend-events.

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