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Schweitzer vs Mt Hood

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi, anyone familiar with both resorts? I live in Idaho and ski Schweitzer but have considered moving to the Hood River area for various reasons and was wondering how Meadows compares to Schweitzer. Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks
post #2 of 7
Hmmm, where to start?

Meadows gets more snow, Schweitzer's snow is drier.

Meadows get more crowds. Lots more. Schweitzer only gets lift lines on President's Day weekend and even then it's nothing like a weekend at Meadows. Even with lift lines you can be totally alone on a given run. You could be getting first tracks on the Siberia run outs that are groomed, at noon. Not going to happen anywhere at Meadows. Unless you go during a weekday. Then the place feels huge and empty.

Schweitzer has a nice compact village. Meadows is a day trip area. OTOH I like staying in Hood River or White Salmon as it's only 45 minutes away. More microbrew options in Hood River.

Meadows has a few nice cruising groomers, up to 2770 vert possible, with some short steeper pitches accessible from the groomers. Heather Canyon is an experts-only area but the conditions can be hit or miss. There's powder (Schweitzer gets it) and there's wet, heavy PNW snow which I refuse to call "powder" BUT you will learn to love it and it will make you a better skier.

Schweitzer has The Great Divide with excellent, long steep-ish runs and glades off both sides. Schweitzer has the Outback and runs like Colburn School (big thumbs up) and the Lakeview chutes on the front side, not to mention long steep runs like Sundance and Stiles. Hood not got none 'o dat.

Meadows does have night skiing, as does Ski Bowl. Meadows also has a nice ski-in-ski-out cafe and warming hut near the top of the Mt Hood Express, Mazot I believe it's called.

Don't get me wrong, both are nice areas. Schweitzer though is one of my favorite destination resorts. I've skied Hood when in Portland for other reasons or when on the way to Bachelor.
post #3 of 7
^ That's it in a nut shell. Meadows is tolerable mid-week. Weekends it's a zoo.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks Desired! That was an awesome review. And thanks Slider for confirming. Fortunately I have flexibility and ski on weekdays only. I think my only other question is in regards to sun and visibility. Schweitzer is often cloudy and foggy. Is Mt. Hood high enough that it gets quite a bit of sun and blue sky...or is it like the rest of the PNW and shrouded in clouds and fog all of the time? Thanks so much!
post #5 of 7
Vis is better @ hood in my exp. If you can say that about the pnw. It is a little wetter @ hood. Bring some rain gear.
post #6 of 7

I will say you neglected to mention S&R Cliffs, Jacks Woods, Private Reserve, and Fright Tree's. If you can ski, then you can certainly get away from the crowd. Not to mention around mid-march when the season is in full swing the crowds really die off.

 

You also have option for Ski Bowl nights. My Best times have been lapping bowls at Meadows, and Ski Bowl at night.

 

Then there is T-line to get you massive corn fix in the true spring, early summer.

 

And you get to Summer in Hood River too?

 

Come on.

 

How is this a hard choice?

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post
 

I will say you neglected to mention S&R Cliffs, Jacks Woods, Private Reserve, and Fright Tree's. If you can ski, then you can certainly get away from the crowd. Not to mention around mid-march when the season is in full swing the crowds really die off.

 

In my experience, getting away from the crowds on the slopes at Meadows is doable (depending on what's open of course), but you still end up back at a lift which will be a madhouse.  I'll concede that you've got more days at Meadows than I got during my stint in Portland, perhaps I never learned how to ski the mountain well enough.

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