PORTLAND, OR – Doug Fish isn’t just beaming this time, he’s dancing. Not only as his brain child, the Indy Pass, legged past the 100 resort mark, Fish has added his own home mountain – from boyhood to middle age! – Mt. Hood Meadows.
Here’s the downright ebullient (and rightfully so) press release blared joyously:
“The Crown Jewel of the PNW Joins Team Indy
Get stoked, Indy Fans! One of the US’s largest independently owned and operated resorts is joining the Indy coalition. Featuring 2,150 acres, 11 lifts, 85 named runs, and 430″ of annual snowfall, Mt. Hood Meadows becomes King of the West Coast for Indy Pass holders!
Just 90 minutes from I-5 and Portland International Airport, Meadows makes big-mountain skiing a dream come true for Indy Pass holders with adventurous hearts and strong quads. Whether you’re catching waist-deep powder in one of the dozens of bowls or dropping cliffs and chutes in Heather Canyon, Meadows always delivers.”
It’s funny: Doug always tells me when I’m interviewing him that’s he’s no wordsmith, but let me tell you something – that’s some fine, passionate work there! It’s a good thing he doesn’t add Mt. Hood Meadows every day; I’d be out of a job:)
Mt. Hood Meadows Mountain Stats
- Top of Cascade Express – 7,300 (9,000 at the top of hike-to terrain)
- Vertical Rise – 2,777 (4,477 from top of hike-to terrain)
- Acres – 2,150
- Night Skiing Acres – 140
- Lifts – 11, including 6 high-speed quads
- Longest Run – 3 miles
- Named Runs – 85
- Annual Snowfall – 430 inches
- Indy Base Pass Blackouts: Holidays and Peak Weekends
- 15K Cross Country trails available to Indy Pass and Indy XC Pass holders
But that’s not the end of the great news. Last week Indy Pass announced that seven new resorts have been added to the 22/23 season roster bringing to 104 the number of resorts offering two free days. An additional three Allied resorts have also been added that will provide 25-50% lift ticket discounts to Indy Pass holders. None of these new resorts will have blackout days.
The distinction of being the 100th resort fell to a quintessentially local mountain in Pleasantview Township, Michigan: Nubs Nob Ski Resort, a true Mom and Pop founded in 1958 by a married couple Norman and Dory Sams. The mountain gets its name from Norman’s nickname: Nubby. Let’s hope for his sake, it’s not a matter of “OH! THAT”S WHAT SHE SAID!”
Other new resorts include Black Mountain of Maine, Meadowlark Ski Resort in Wyoming, and Aomori Spring in Japan.