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The white ribbon of death is alive and well with Loveland and Sunday River opening up this past weekend (Sunday River won the race by a day, if you’re counting.) But potentially more exciting to us snobby Northwesterners is the news that 9 inches of snow fell TODAY at Mt. Hood Meadows, which means real snowboarding is right around the corner. Here’s the official word from Meadows, with a not-so-subtle reminder to get your damn seasons pass already.
Mt. Hood Meadows has received 9 inches of new snow since this early season storm arrived Sunday morning. Accumulations of an inch an hour with white out conditions showed the intensity of this major La Nina storm which is forecast to dump 2 to 3 feet by Wednesday.
Mt. Hood Meadows will post storm updates at its web site, www.skihood.com. Resort officials say more snow would be needed to open than what this storm is forecast to bring, but note that the resort was able to operate in October once in the past 16 seasons. So an opening this early isn’t without precedent.
Season passes are on sale on the resort’s web site, which is experiencing triple the amount of traffic it normally receives as winter recreation enthusiasts check in to get the latest “scoop” on the storm.