He said that based on the NOAA forecast. Had that forecast panned out, they would have kept the lifts running. However, the actual wind conditions greatly exceeded the NOAA forecast with some 83 MPH gusts. When I go there or anywhere in the Cascades, I always look at the NWAC telemetry data that gives you actual conditions on the ground over the past 24 hours. I use this for back country avalanche forecasting primarily but it is extremely useful for getting a feel for what the actual conditions at the resort are. On Hood, many times the forecast calls for snow, but when I pull up the NWAC telemetry data, I discover its raining and stay home.
Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) — White Pass - Last 24 hours