Monday, November 12, 2012

Mt. Hood Ticket Prices Going Up

If you want to snowboard on Mt. Hood this winter, you're going to pay more than last season, unless you ride at Ski Bowl exclusively. Is anyone surprised? Leading the way is Mt. Hood Meadows. 

Meadows ditched the shift ticket pricing they've done in the past in favor of one open-to-close ticket with different pricing for peak and off-peak days. The shift pricing featured three sliding shifts per day that shared a ticket price 9am - 4pm, 11am - 7pm and 1pm - close. That price was $74, but you could upgrade any shift to open-close for $5. Effectively an open-close ticket was $79 last year. This year an open-close ticket will cost the same $74 off-peak and $89 during peak days (which are December 26-31 and Saturdays and Sundays in January and February or 22 total days).

One bonus, if you're coming from Portland, you can get a seat on Meadows' PDX Park and Ride for free on these peak days. The same $89 buys you bus ticket and lift ticket. The same bus without a lift ticket is $20, which I think is lower than last year, but don't set fire to my hair if I'm wrong. They're even increasing the number of buses making the trip in anticipation of higher demand.

Meadows is clearly trying to tackle the parking problem that's plagued their lots. Weekends at Meadows have gotten to be a parking nightmare with parked cars lining the access roads all the way back to highway 35. One way or the other, this year will be different. Either the increased bus service will keep skier visits up and cars down or visits will plummet in response to ticket prices and all those buses will go idle. I think Meadows better start advertising those buses better.

One good reason to think Meadows will lose business is across the mountain at Timberline. They also increased ticket prices, but only by $2 up to $66 peak and $60 off-peak. Timberline does have more peak days; November 22-25, December 22-January 2, January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), February 18 (Presidents Day) and weekends from Jan. 1-March 4 [that's 36 total days] but you pay $23 less  when compared to Meadows' peak days and still $8 less than Meadows' off-peak.

Skibowl won't be open during the day on weekdays, which means fresh pow at 3pm. They're also holding the line on ticket prices, just $49 per shift (shifts are open-4pm, 11am-7pm and 1pm-close) or $69 for open-close.

5 comments:

  1. boring ass mountain who gives a fux?

    OH SNAPPE SORRY

    last time I was at Meadows I fell asleep. Zero nooks, a serious lack of crannies, and Oregonians may be worse than Canadians. So like fuck it etc!

    Ski Bowl is probably tight though I heard some shit.

    FOR REAL EIGHTY BUCKS FOR MEADOWS YOU MUST BE OUT YOUR GOD DAMN MIND

    OR CLYDE DREXLER

    DOES HE STILL LIVE THERE?

    DUDE USED TO LIVE THERE UP ABOVE BEERNATE'S HOUSE IN THE SOMETHING ZONE WHERE WE SAW TONYA HARDINGS AT THE LOCAL FRAT DUDE BAR IT WAS PRETTY SICK

    FOR REAL THO IS THESE PRICES FOR REAL? EVEN SKIBOWL WOT DA FUCK I DONT BELIEVE IT

    I AM MY FATHER. JEANS COST HOW MUCH?

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    1. You gon' come on my blog an talk shit about my spot like you know some?
      Zero nooks and a serious lack of crannies?

      FELL ASLEEP!?

      You musta been on summa that beer/vicodin/weed combo bomb again.
      Bro, please.

      Come down here one time and think you can talk about the nooks and crannies like some local. What you need is a guide and/or a sense of direction. (Good name for a porn flick 'Sense of Erection')
      Possibly a wet nap for all that blabbering you're doing.

      I don't know about Clyde Drexler, but Tonya Harding lives in Van-tucky. That's your side of the river. I hear Sir Mix-a-Lot even lives in Portland now. That's right. Took your most famous 90s rapper. Now what!? You jelly, bro? You peanut butt hurt?? I did see Detlef Schrempf at the football game the other weekend. That guy might be trump.

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  2. Point Zero: I've been to Mt Hood Meadows many many times. It was great back before anyone could ride these damn things, but somewhere around the mid-90s it just got passed by. I'm not saying you're lying, just that you're incorrect.

    My most memorable visit to Meadows was around 1992. Open-to-close in the slush and sun left the whole crew with the baddest sunburns of all times. Blisters. It was insane!

    Now, it's jumps and rails. That's fine, but please stop with this.

    FIRST: Mixalot as "90s rapper" is great. Golden. Comeonsrsly.

    2nd: Clyde The Glide dunked on a 12 foot rim in college. His whereabouts should be confirmed. Detlef is whatever, cool hair, but ol #22 is way sicker. Knowing where Tonya Harding lives and NOT Clyde Drexler? Why am I even typing this? Comeonbro.

    III: dude for real Meadows is a giant Ski Acres. TALMBOUT NOOKS AND CRANNIES AND CHAMBERS AND ZONES DUDE! COMEON!

    LASTLY: I like Portland. It's neato.

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  3. I should have known better than to challenge your age. Do you age at double speed or what? Astounding.

    And how the hell do nooks and crannies get passed by?? Srslybro. Shit, are the nooks and crannies I'm finding nowdays the same ones that are old news to you? Maybe you can come down here and make me feel really young when I show you around. 'That tree over there is where I got my first concussion in 1983' an shit. 'Then I invented the laserdisc.'

    Clyde Drexler has a home in Dunthorpe, SW Portland. I read it on Wikipedia, so it must be true. It's down there by Lewis and Clark College, Tryon Creek State Park and some big English Garden. I like English Gardens cuz you know what they're saying. You know what I'm saying?

    I don't know much about Detlef Schrempf, but his name is Detlef Schrempf, so I don't even care. He gets a pass. I don't know if he's German, Turkish or Mongolian. He could be a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania for all I care. Detlef Schrempf. All-NBA name.

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  4. I would love to be shown some good shit at Mt Hood Meadows. Last time I was there with hope it was a foot and a half of new, bluebird, and boring. BORING. I gave up on the place that day. I've been back a few times since and it hasn't been bad because I wasn't hopeful for anything other than riding around and park thangs.
    We need never discuss it here again. I may blogg about it on my own, but you are right: this is your blogg and I will respect your space.

    As for NW hoop legends:
    I bet Clyde's house is still the same one, because that's where my friend lived down underneath it and on the same road was the bar where there were always Tonya Harding sightings. Like down there by the wakeboard bar on the river just north of that Sellwood bridge. Yes?
    Det is German.

    Also sorry to any Canadians who may have read my first comment. I apologize for that.

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