Mt. Hood Meadows Resort launched this year's season pass sale with several changes. The resort has made buying passes cheaper than last year easier to manage. The season pass sale runs through Nov. 7, but those purchasing passes by the end of September can add spending money that gets supplemented by additional dollars from the resort.

The resort previously sold unlimited season passes last year to individuals at one rate and a lower rate to groups of three or four. This year is different. Individuals can buy an unlimited season pass at last year's four-person group rate, but without the need to rustle up three friends to go in on the deal. No group is needed this year. Passes cost $449 for adults, $339 for ages 15 - 22, and $229 for ages 7 - 14.

Those who purchase their season passes by Sept. 30, rather than waiting for the Nov. 7 deadline, can add on dollars to cash on goods and services while getting bonus dollars from the resort. You add dollars to your pass to spend at the resort, and Mt. Hood Meadows supplements your investment.

Here's how it works: Pass purchasers who add $100 to their passes get $25 more from the resort for a total of $125 to spend. Those adding $200 to their passes get a bonus of $50. You use the money applied on your ski pass as a debit card for lunch, day care, lessons, rentals, or merchandise. You don't have to fish into your ski parka for soggy cash.

The resort is offering their 10 Time Pass at the same rate as last year, too. It's an option for Mt. Hood Meadows visitors who may not ski or ride enough to get use of a season pass. The 10 Time Pass provides direct-to-lift access for 10 visits without stopping at a ticket window. The pass costs $349 until Nov. 7, which makes each lift ticket cost less than $35 per day.

Other season pass products are available, including midweek and Nordic passes. All passes can be purchased through the Mt. Hood Meadows Online Store.

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