A large snowstorm late last week brought good news to Oregon skiers and riders. Resorts that had just a few inches of snow coverage jumped into action as the storm dumped nearly two feet of snow in 24 hours at some ski areas. The first day of the season for many ended up being a powder day.

Mt. Hood Meadows opened this past weekend with six lifts running—Mt. Hood Express, Shooting Star Express, Daisy, Easy Rider, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet. The new Stadium Express high-speed quad also carried its inaugural skiers and riders.

It was one of the best powdery openings in Meadows’ history!” Spokesperson Dave Tragethon said.

The lifts at Mt. Hood Meadows will run daily for the rest of the season, and shuttles are running to the resort, too.

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The new Stadium Express at Mt. Hood Meadows carried its first skiers and riders on opening day. Photo Courtesy of Mt. Hood Meadows.

While skiers and riders have hit the Palmer Snowfield at Timberline Lodge on weekends this fall, the resort transitioned into its winter ski season over last weekend, and the lower mountain opened for daily operation for the remainder of the season. Three chairlifts ran last Friday, and the resort burst into full operation on Saturday.

“There’s a lot of happy people,” Spokesperson Jon Tullis said. “The snow is excellent light powder.”

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Timberline riders show their boards in joy to be back on the slopes. Photo Courtesy of Timberline Lodge.

Mt. Bachelor Resort buffed out the grooming on its Nordic Center in time for classic and skate skiers to enjoy the tracks starting last Saturday. But the resort's planned opening for Nov. 23 got postponed due to a forecast predicting winds up to 85 miles per hour at the top of Pine Marten Express. Mt. Bachelor shifted opening day to Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. Pine Marten, Skyliner and Sunshine Accelerator chairlifts are scheduled to start up at 9 a.m. on Nov. 23. Skiers and riders should park in the West Village, and the Mt. Bachelor shuttle will begin its regular schedule. Tubing, lessons and childcare will launch Nov. 24 for the season.

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Got snow? A ton of snow will greet skiers at Mt. Bachelor when lifts start up Wednesday, Nov. 23 for skiing and riding. Photo Courtesy of Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.

Mt. Hood Skibowl has targeted this week for launching its winter recreation. The Snow Tube and Adventure Park is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. The resort plans to begin its alpine skiing and riding season this Friday, Nov. 25.

Hoodoo Ski Area has tentative plans to begin its ski and snowboard season on Nov. 25, too. As of Monday, groomers have been packing the snow down on the slopes, and another six inches is needed for the resort to open. With snow in the forecast this week, local skiers and riders may be on the slopes by this weekend.

Anthony Lakes aims to open for skiing and riding starting Saturday, Nov. 26. Last week’s snowstorm dropped about 15 inches of light powder over three days, and snowstorms are likely this week.
With two feet of snow falling in last week’s storm, Willamette Pass may be able to start running its lifts this week if predicted snowstorms bring additional snow. The earliest the resort could open would be on Friday, Nov. 25.

Check on updated info from the resorts here: Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline Lodge, Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Hoodoo, Anthony Lakes, Willamette Pass.