Things look different this year on Mount Hood, but the snow must go on!

Among other measures, Mt Hood Meadows is using a time-slot pass system to accommodate up to 3,000 skiers at any given time. Lower-priced ticket options will incentivize skiers to come on off-peak days and at less busy times. The resort’s new Sahale Lodge will offer plenty of space for distanced seating, but for now the emphasis is on grab-and-go food to eat outside.

Timberline at first tried an online registration and reservation system, but is now managing capacity on the mountain by limiting the number of vehicles in its parking lot and will close the road to the lodge when capacity is reached. Its Kids Club and group lessons aren’t happening, with only private lessons by appointment for the Timberline Ski and Ride School. COVID might slow some things down, but Timberline visitors can expect more speed up the mountain with the opening of the new detachable quad Pucci Chairlift.

Resort dining and lodging are following strict cleaning procedures and social distancing guidelines, with food limited to takeout, grab-and-go, and room service for now, and the Timberline Lodge itself open only to hotel guests through December 17. Pandemic protocols are also in effect at equipment rental desks. Visitors should consult the latest policies before starting any trip.

Mt Hood Skibowl, which had previously been open for tubing on weekends and opened for other days and activities December 12, also plans to manage capacity in the parking lot, along with tracking daily ticket sales. Reservations are required for tubing and lessons.

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