It’s better late than never for Mt. Hood Meadows

| Print |  Email
Archives - January 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
ski-bigair.jpg

MOUNT HOOD — Snow enthusiasts were able to give skis and snowboards an extra layer of wax as they waited for the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort to open. Meadows’ season was delayed for a month while crews rushed to repair damage to Highway 35 from a mudslide. 

About 2.5 miles of the highway were washed out or covered with boulders after a storm on Nov. 6. According to officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation, about 2 million cubic yards of debris washed down the mountain and onto the highway.

The closure of Highway 35 caused the delay of the ski season for Meadows, but not for other ski areas on Hood. John Tullis, marketing director for Timberline, says that Timberline operated at capacity during weekends and holidays throughout November. He says some of the crowds may have been due to Meadows’s closure. “It was one of the best early opener seasons in memory,” he says.

Warm weather sped up repairs on 35, allowing DOT officials to open it on Dec. 9. 

But prior to the reopening, hundreds of Meadows employees were unable to come to work, and businesses in Hood River and Government Camp that had product connections to winter sports were also affected.

Mike Hay, ski department manager for Doug’s Sports in Hood River, says they lost hundreds of customers and between $10,000 and $15,000 in sales during November.  

Now everyone is hoping that early snow will make for a long and busy season, making up for the early shortfall.

— Colleen Moran

Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

Portland’s long-distance bike commuters

The Latest
Monday, August 03, 2015
Matt KellyresizethumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

Pushing the extreme.


Read more...

Best Foot Forward

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.


Read more...

Reader Input: School Choice

September 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Which of the following would be most effective in reducing the cost of operating a public university in Oregon?


Read more...

Reader Input: Rx for Health Care

July/August 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We asked readers how Obamacare has impacted their business.


Read more...

Aim High

September 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT

We get the education we deserve.


Read more...

Living the dream

News
Friday, August 21, 2015

smugglespearsthumbRenee Spears, founder and owner of Portland-based Rose City Mortgage, is hot to trot to sell pot.


Read more...

5 questions for ImpactFlow CEO Tyler Foreman

The Latest
Thursday, August 13, 2015
impactflowthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Portland-based startup ImpactFlow recently announced a $5.7 million funding round. CEO and co-founder Tyler Foreman talks about matching businesses with nonprofits, his time at Intel and the changing face of philanthropy.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS