MT HOOD – Oregon’s biggest mountain and world-renowned ski destination, Mt. Hood, is getting covered with fresh snow. Getting to the mountain, however, may be challenging. Travelers are required to carry chains and expect snow and ice covered roads leading to the Cascades.
The mountain has seen some 20 inches of new snow over the past two days as a big winter storm moved through the Portland metro area and into the Cascades Friday. Saturday's snow level will be at 1,200 feet.
Another 4 to 8 inches of snow was expected to dump over the day Saturday, said KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill. In all, the slopes should see about three feet of fresh snow over three days.
The fresh powder on Mt. Hood will certainly draw skiers and snowboarders up to the mountain, especially over the weekend. But drivers without chains will be forced to turn around.
Representatives from Mt. Hood Meadows advise snow seekers to carpool on their way up the mountain in order to reduce traffic and help the environment. They also said the slopes have a nice groom with packed powder covered by powder on top.