Meadows resort skiing/boarding

Update 12/7 11 AM

We have a large group and potentially very nice conditions for tomorrow. It is important that we get out of Gateway as close to 7 AM as we can so that we don't get stuck in the Sunrise lot. It usually takes 3-4 weeks for that year's group to form and as of tomorrow I don't know most of you. I'd like to see the drivers there a little bit early if possible which will help in getting loaded early. If you are not going to make it, please change your RSVP to give me a better idea of the head count. I have little patience for tardiness. We'll leave right at 7 AM. If you're five minutes late you missed us.

We have a very solid base by now. The early snow was very wet which sucks to ski/board in but makes for a nice base. A bunch of rain dropped which further compacted the base. In the past day or so we got 7" of low to mid 20's snow with a potential of another 8" of equally cold snow. We'll still have less then 50" of snow so some areas won't be accessible. Other then that tomorrow is likely to be the best day so far of this young season.

Our normal pattern is to meet up by the flagpole close to the ticket booth around 9 AM and divide in to groups based on skill level there. Tomorrow many of us will need to get new passes so we'll see how that works out. If there is a line for passes the resort will often give us day passes so that we can go in for pictures later in the day. Either way, plan to be by the flag pole and we'll improvise as needed.

This has proven to be a really nice group with some amazing members. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of the season.

End of update

 

My season is starting late but now I'm ready to go. The base has increased to where it's 39” as of this posting on Sunday 12/2 with more snow on the way. The freezing level should drop down towards the middle of the week and stay low. The snow on the 8th could be spectacular.

While we got a bunch of snow in the last 24 hours be prepared for early season conditions.

Please put in your comments if you can drive and if so how many people will fit in your car, including yourself.

For too long riders have been paying the drivers $10/person. With a full car that barely covers gas and no where close to the true costs of a trip to Hood. During this year please give the driver $15 which will at least cover gas. Have cash ready and offer without the driver needing to ask.

Below is an description of the event and a disclaimer. Please read once. It will not change much from week to week. The description last edited[masked]

Number of members who can attend: We are limited by the number of drivers. As more drivers sign up more seats will be made available. The people on the waiting list will automatically be moved up.

Meeting place: We meet in the SE corner of the parking structure at the Gateway Transit Center. I drive a Maroon BMW and am easy to spot. For some reason a number of people have had a hard time finding us so please make sure you are in the right place. If you are concerned about finding us feel free to email me earlier in the week and I'll send you my phone number so that you can call the day of the event if need be.

Riding up: There is no need to arrange rides prior to arriving at Gateway. We'll always drive the fewest possible number of cars to the mountain and will divide up at Gateway. No one will be left behind. Be on time, though. We don't wait for stragglers.

Gas money: Each rider pays $15 to the driver for each trip. Please have cash ready and offer to the driver without him/her having to ask.

On the mountain: Most of us prefer to ski/board with others. Once at Meadows we meet up by the outside ticket booth and group up according to skill level. You can of course take off on you own if you prefer.

Helmets save lives. Please wear one.

Disclaimer: While this is a regular Meetup event it is not “led” in the same way we might be used to having Meetup events led. I'll see you long enough to get you in a car at Gateway and possibly again at Meadows long enough to get you hooked up with a group but unless you are skiing with me we will have limited contact. Each person needs to self manage, come prepared for the weather conditions and ski/board according to his/hers ability.

Liability  Waiver:

As with User Agreements on the Internet that we all click on but never read hundreds if not thousands of event organizers around the country have event participants sign boiler plate liability waivers prior to events that aren't read by the participants. I have little faith that those waivers would hold up in court should something unfortunate happen during the event and the organizer get end up in court being sued. In plain language I want to make it real clear that you are participating in this event at your own risk and that by signing up you are releasing the event organizer of all liability. All outdoor events are potentially high risk and you need to use your personal judgement in keeping that risk below your comfort level. You should never do anything you feel might result in injury or worse depending on someones judgement other then your own. Should injury or worse still occur you realize the fault is your own and you agree not to pass the blame to the event organizer or another team member. You may participate in the event only under these conditions.

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  • Damon

    Better than ever with the new gate system!

    December 10, 2012

  • Derek N

    Good group of people and the snow was lovely. Hope to see you all after the holidays for more runs!

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Damon

    Big kudos to the drivers, thanks for being such a big help! You guys were all fun to ride with and I'm definitely looking forward to another trip up sometime soon.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Brian L.

    Excellent day with nice powder all day.

    December 9, 2012

  • Bernie

    Good times! I'm looking forward to the next go round.

    December 9, 2012

  • Alvaro A.

    Great time! Conditions were great and so was the group. Can't wait for the next one

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome day! It was great meeting everyone :)

    December 8, 2012

  • V i e t

    Fun day. Did 2 runs then lost everybody :) Hope to ride with the group more next time.

    December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Question... My plans changed this weekend and I'm wondering what time u think u would get to meadows. I just relocated to the area and new to the group. It appears that leaving from east Vancouver... it would make more sense to meet everyone there.

    December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Question... My plans changed this weekend and I'm wondering what time u think u would get to meadows. I just relocated to the area and new to the group. It appears that leaving from east Vancouver... it would make more sense to meet everyone there.

    December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so excited! :)

    2 · December 7, 2012

  • Magnus

    Alvaro, Both the blue and red lines have trains that get there right before 7 AM.

    December 7, 2012

    • Alvaro A.

      Magnus. You're right. For some reason google maps wasn't showing me those options the first time I checked. Thanks!

      December 7, 2012

  • Alvaro A.

    Is anyone coming from goose hollow/psu area? just realized the MAX doesn't run that early... Please let me know, I'd really like to come out tomorrow. Text me @ 2152625910. I will try and find another way to get there in the meantime.

    December 7, 2012

  • LD aka Doug E F.

    Sorry for the spam everyone. I just realized that I have other things I should be doing, but I'll be out there Sun for sure.

    December 7, 2012

  • LD aka Doug E F.

    Does anyone have room for me and a snowboard?

    December 7, 2012

  • LD aka Doug E F.

    FYI: I would change my RSVP to +0, but I can't. If I understand how this works, I show up in Portland and hope someone has room for me? Then give them $15. I'm going to spam a few of you to arrange a ride to be safe. Just in case...727-[masked]

    December 7, 2012

  • Damon

    I met quite a few of you guys earlier this year at the end of season BBQ. Hope to ride with you guys, seems like a fun group.

    December 6, 2012

  • Brian L.

    Any know if you can get a Meadows season snow park pass in Portland ??

    December 5, 2012

    • Mike

      $20 for the season sno park pass at REI or meadows charges $25 or $30 up at the mountain.

      1 · December 5, 2012

    • Brian L.

      Perfect Mike--Thanks for the quick response. See you Sat--

      December 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just had my first ski lesson up there last weekend, it was amazing! Wish I could make it this weekend but I already have a full weekend planned. Have fun out there all!

    December 5, 2012

  • Magnus

    For people to arrange for rides individually would become a logistic nightmare. I'm open for suggestions how to make this smoother but what has worked over the past two years is for people to show up at Gateway and we'll decide there who rides with whom. As of when this is posted we have seats for everybody and two left over.

    2 · December 4, 2012

    • V i e t

      I've been with similar ski/board meetup. I like your current arrangement. I know you make it a question but it'd also be helpful if drivers state their car capacity in the RSVP comment so we can tell at a glance

      December 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have skied before but never snow boarded. I am from the South so what type of attire should I wear?

    December 4, 2012

    • Bernie

      December 5, 2012

    • Bernie

      This is a pretty good guide. The brands they are plugging are "high end" , suitable alternative can be found at a much more reasonable price

      December 5, 2012

  • Brian L.

    Hi All, Just wanted to check when people were thinking about getting back to Portland. I have to be at a company party around 5:00. I would not want people to cut their day short however.

    December 4, 2012

    • Brian L.

      Pulling the trigger, I'm in and I can be on standby to drive, just need to be back in Portland around 3:30 or 4:00. Can't wait, first time up for 2012.

      December 4, 2012

  • LD aka Doug E F.

    FYI: I went this past weekend and conditions were excellent. A little too windy in some places though. I had plenty of fun until I got stuck in 3 ft of soft powder (twice). Over the weekend, we had 18-24" somewhere above 5k ft.

    December 4, 2012

  • LD aka Doug E F.

    $45 @ Meadows. Vouchers good until Dec 25. https://www.google.com/offers/ppo/SELF/ST3KL8ZENK4IX5VD

    1 · December 4, 2012

    • Shawn

      This is a great deal! Thanks!

      December 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going up sat and can fit two more in my car with gear. Text me at[masked]

    December 3, 2012

  • David

    I can drive, but cannot carry skis/snowboards with me. I can drive three others.

    December 3, 2012

    • Derek N

      I have a truck with canopy and a roof box, so I can carry some extra gear.

      December 3, 2012

  • Derek N

    To clarify, I can take three passengers & their gear. Four total incl. myself.

    December 2, 2012

    • Paul S.

      Hey Derek do you still have room in your car for me and one other?

      December 3, 2012

    • Derek N

      I think the way it works is you RSVP on waiting list and if enough drivers volunteer then you get confirmed a spot. I'm pretty sure my seats have been filled already.

      December 3, 2012

  • Kenny L. H.

    Need a fusion pass group...

    December 2, 2012

    • Paul S.

      Hey Kenny, I have a fusion pass. Would you have any interest in going up on Saturday?

      December 3, 2012

  • Alvaro A.

    Not sure how this works bc I've been wait listed. I'd need a ride to the mountain. Sara if a could grab a ride with you then that would be great :)

    December 2, 2012

  • Sara

    I can fit 2 more people in my vehicle. I have all wheel drive and carry chains, although I've never had to use them.

    December 2, 2012

  • Derek N

    'Twas a good day up there today. Lots of folks started their season today by the looks of it. Main lot was full just after 9AM. Huge line for pass pics in lodge. Glad I waited an hour at REI last month. Good carving snow but pretty tracked out by 11AM. Everybody crammed onto HRX & Star. It's only gonna get better from here!

    December 2, 2012

  • Magnus

    Bernie, Thank you for the update. I'd like to see at least another 20" in the next couple of weeks which will open up some of the runs that are too thin right now. The storm coming in call for 18 degree snow which will be a game changer. A 7 AM departure is not a problem. Many members have shown up at 7:01 only to find us gone.

    December 2, 2012

  • Bernie

    I just got back from Meadows. The snow was decent to good. A little heavy; good base building material. The base was a little thin in places but it was still a good time. We left town at 8:30 and got directed to the sunrise lot which was at least 1/4 full. A proper 7 am departure makes sense especially if the forecast holds true.

    December 2, 2012

  • Bernie

    Kenny, A fusion pass will not work at Meadows.

    December 2, 2012

  • Kenny L. H.

    Not familiar with Meadows can I use my fusion pass?

    December 2, 2012

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