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Sadly we won't get in til 7 or so Thursday evening so riding is out...but Friday we will definitely be hitting Hood somewhere. Is our best bet to start our trip out at Meadows?

If we do roadtrip it will likely be a Sunday/Monday thing...Baker or Bachelor? We will have chains waiting for us upon arrival for the 3.
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Sadly we won't get in til 7 or so Thursday evening so riding is out...but Friday we will definitely be hitting Hood somewhere. Is our best bet to start our trip out at Meadows?

If we do roadtrip it will likely be a Sunday/Monday thing...Baker or Bachelor? We will have chains waiting for us upon arrival for the 3.
I'd suggest hitting Meadows on Friday and go to Ski Bowl or Timberline on Saturday when the crowds at MHM will be crazy. Watch the weather and let it help you decide where to go Sunday/Monday. It's going to warm up, but Bachelor might be high enough in elevation to keep the snow fresh and Baker might be far enough North to avoid the warming trend. Driving through SeaTac would best be done late Sat or on Sun if you are heading to Bakes. Do NOT do it Monday morning!!!!
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Loud and clear on the driving...much appreciated.

Getting amped for this trip, a season of man-made snow/ice here on the East Coast makes me think the worst day we'll encounter out there will be better than anything we've seen thus far.
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a season of man-made snow/ice here on the East Coast makes me think the worst day we'll encounter out there will be better than anything we've seen thus far.
I'm thinking so also. Enjoy and sacrifice something to Ullr for delivering the goods on your vacation.
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I wanted to thank everyone who chimed in on this post about the conditions, mountains, etc. in the Pac. Northwest. My friends and I had an amazing trip and will certainly be back for more next season. Our days:

March 2: Got to Meadows around 11 A.M. and were in awe of the mountain. We took a few runs off Express and eventually met up with Snowolf around 12:30 for what turned out to be the most epic riding day of our lives, taking in Heather Canyon and a bit of Private reserve and who knows what else. Coming from the East Coast we know ice and that's about it...the trees were sick and the powder stashes like nothing we had ever experienced.

March 4: Got to Timberline around 9AM and weren't disappointed. Spring-like conditions prevailed and the day was near perfect. I'd say we rode pretty much every groomed trail on the mountain and the views from the top of Magic Mile/Palmer were amazing. Sadly we were stuck on the groomers all day long as the trees were iced over for the most part but still had fun.

March 5: Took a little road trip to Bachelor and were surprised to find hard pack/ice over a majority of the mountain. We weren't put off by it though as that's what we're used to. By mid day nasty winds/clouds/snow started falling giving us some fresh snow by days end. Again the powder/trees were mainly iced over but we knew the goods were coming Tuesday from the storm so we headed back to Portland. Quite the precarious drive back on 20/22 but we made it without having to chain up.

March 6: We were pumped up for a powder day and were on the road by 6AM on our way back to Meadows. Luckily we had purchased chains as the Mazda3 tires weren't up for the road conditions. Thanks to Snowolf we knew where to go and had a better grasp of the mountain. Fresh powder, freshest we've ever ridden, made for yet another epic day. We hit Heather Canyon again when we got word Cascade was opening. We were able to jump on the 8th chair up Cascade for the goods and spend much of our day up there.
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I wanted to thank everyone who chimed in on this post about the conditions, mountains, etc. in the Pac. Northwest. My friends and I had an amazing trip and will certainly be back for more next season. Our days:

March 2: Got to Meadows around 11 A.M. and were in awe of the mountain. We took a few runs off Express and eventually met up with Snowolf around 12:30 for what turned out to be the most epic riding day of our lives, taking in Heather Canyon and a bit of Private reserve and who knows what else. Coming from the East Coast we know ice and that's about it...the trees were sick and the powder stashes like nothing we had ever experienced.

March 4: Got to Timberline around 9AM and weren't disappointed. Spring-like conditions prevailed and the day was near perfect. I'd say we rode pretty much every groomed trail on the mountain and the views from the top of Magic Mile/Palmer were amazing. Sadly we were stuck on the groomers all day long as the trees were iced over for the most part but still had fun. i to was up there during those days (all at Meadows) and had a blast!

March 5: Took a little road trip to Bachelor and were surprised to find hard pack/ice over a majority of the mountain. We weren't put off by it though as that's what we're used to. By mid day nasty winds/clouds/snow started falling giving us some fresh snow by days end. Again the powder/trees were mainly iced over but we knew the goods were coming Tuesday from the storm so we headed back to Portland. Quite the precarious drive back on 20/22 but we made it without having to chain up.

March 6: We were pumped up for a powder day and were on the road by 6AM on our way back to Meadows. Luckily we had purchased chains as the Mazda3 tires weren't up for the road conditions. Thanks to Snowolf we knew where to go and had a better grasp of the mountain. Fresh powder, freshest we've ever ridden, made for yet another epic day. We hit Heather Canyon again when we got word Cascade was opening. We were able to jump on the 8th chair up Cascade for the goods and spend much of our day up there.
I'm glad you got out into Heather canyon and over to that side of the mountain. There were some great days out there over the last couple weeks. Congratulations on a successful vacation!
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I was also at Meadows on the 6th (Tuesday) and had the most fun on a snowboard I've had to date, the powder was awesome, really enjoyed the morning and since I was also trying out my new board I felt I did the best riding I've done so far (beginner). Took a nasty spill over a little jump right at the end of the lesson though and that took it out of me! There's so much of that mountain to see, I've been to Meadows 6 times now I think and every-time you find something new and since I haven't gone near any blacks yet I prob haven't seen more than 20% of the mountain. Heading back up Mon and Tues prob hope it start snowing tonight/tomorrow!
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Timberline or Meadows

Sounds like a cool vacation.

I don't know. I am torn. This is the first year in forever I have not had a pass somewhere. I have been in Portland for about 4 years. I worked a summer once at Timberline, only rode there once in the winter though. Always thought about a Fusion pass but I have had a pass to Meadows for the past few seasons. I was thinking of getting a Spring Pass this year, I was thinking of getting a T-line pass for a change of pace, it is cheap and lasts till the end of May, I like the vertical, but I do not ride a lot of park. I am thinking eventually I will miss Heather Canyon, shooting star, and the trees off of Hood River Meadows. Anyone think Timberline is worth it for something different?
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That sounds pretty cool, we should meet up sometime, I can probably keep up somewhat better on skis, I'm just getting back into boarding (my only other post was the other day in the tips section on going from toe to heel) I just bought new skis and a new board, so I will probably use them each for a little bit.

I'm contemplating going up tomorrow, I guess they are getting 6 to 10 inches tonight. If you work up there I'm guessing you live in Welches or Hood River? The first 2 seasons I worked at Meadows as a Safety Host for patrol, it was cool, I would just grab a radio and ride around for most of the day. Most people did it to get a pass but I would just go once every other weekend, get a ticket from HR for most anywhere in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho, split gas with some friends and check out different resorts in between weekends on Hood.

They only give you rides from Govy to the top when the upper lot is full right? When does the Glade trail usually become bare? It would be cool finishing the day with a ride down to govy but I usually take one car. Once I rode palmer via the snowcat to govy, that was a nice long cruise.
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