Mt. Hood Meadows Launches New Vista Experience

Mt. Hood Meadows has launched “The Vista Experience” an added attraction for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The Vista Experience is a pathway from the top of the lift back down to the complex of beginner terrain. The route winds along the White River Canyon, providing scenic panoramas of Central Oregon and Mt. Hood with numerous spots along the way to capture and share memorable moments.

Ski and Snowboard School Training Manager Tyler Barnes helped design the experience and is excited about what it offers to beginners. “We are passionate about sharing this mountain through winter sports, and enriching the lives of those who recreate here. The Vista Experience epitomizes this passion - it’s innovation provides our first time Vista guests an inspiring adventure – plus some amazing improvements for those who are already familiar with the Vista terrain. It’s so much fun to share the sense of accomplishment to those just learning how to ski and snowboard as they advance to the upper mountain, and experience more of Mt. Hood.”

Vice President of Resort Operations Jeremy Riss says the Vista Experience is made possible largely because of specialized grooming, explaining, “We are contouring the snow on advanced beginner terrain to make it easier for those just learning to turn to access. This is an extension of the enhanced learning terrain feature grooming efforts we initiated this season which has dramatically increased both the fun level and the learning progression of our beginners. It is exciting to see so many new skiers and snowboarders have a chance to get to the upper mountain through the Vista Experience.”

The Vista Experience is an on-snow experience, requiring ski or snowboard equipment and a lift ticket or pass. , And while those in lessons are guided through the route by instructors, it isn’t limited to those in lessons and there is no additional charge for taking the Vista Experience route. An interpretive brochure describes the different vantage points and landmarks encountered along the way. A Facebook page will have daily photos for adventurers to relive and share their experience:

The route has trail markings and signage on the way down. Those seeking the upper mountain adventure need to know their abilities and check weather and conditions before boarding the Vista chairlift as visibility, wind and conditions at the top may be quite different than the bottom. Ski and Snowboard School lessons maximize the Vista Experience.

Vista Guided Snow Shoe Tour offered March 31 and April 15

The last two guided snow shoe tours involving the Vista Express chairlift will be presented March 31 and April 15. The tours have become very popular since introduced three seasons ago, using the chairlift to transport guests to the upper mountain to enjoy a refreshing late afternoon guided snow show hike back to the base area. The tour culminates with a delicious dinner at the Alpenstube. Reservations are required in advance as there are a limited amount of seats available. For more information visit

Dave Tragethon, V.P. Marketing and Sales
Mt. Hood Meadows
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