In a statement Tuesday, the resort said it has paused the sale of value and night passes and reduced the number of day passes available for Saturday through Monday.
In December, Mt. Hood Meadows stopped selling all-access season passes for the 2021-22 season. All-access passes allows skiers and boarders to go up any day of the season, including peak days such as weekends.
The resort said it has limited all-access passes by nearly 40% compared to pre-pandemic seasons. Value and night passes, which allow people to start riding at 2 p.m. on peak days, have remained available until now. Nordic season passes for cross-country skiing are still available.
"The removal of night tickets will help reduce afternoon parking pressure with fewer people arriving for night sessions, leaving more room for current Night and Value pass holders to find afternoon parking spaces," the statement said.
Mt. Hood Meadows said a "cascade of events led to a huge turnout that overwhelmed SnoPark lots" over the weekend, congesting roads and creating hours-long commutes to and from the mountain.
The mountain received more than five feet of new snow since last week, and the weather broke with clearing skies on Saturday and bluebird skies on Sunday.
Mt. Hood Meadows said that all available parking spaces in Mt. Hood's SnoPark parking lots were "maxed out." KGW learned some drivers reported waiting around five hours to get from the resort to nearby Government Camp, roughly 11 miles away, on Sunday.
Part of the congestion is related to COVID, the resort said, including fewer people carpooling and reduced mass transit opportunities to the mountain.