MeadowsEmployee from United States writes:
For all those who say Meadows "saves the upper mountain and Heather for the weekend kooks," in my several years of experience lift maintenance has gone above and beyond, in some pretty nasty weather, to open the lifts as soon as it is possible. For those upset about opening Heather early in the season, not only do they have issues with avalanche control, they also have to build snow bridges across the Hood River, which basically starts in Clark Canyon. Not enough snow or snow that doesn't pack well equals no safe passage through the canyon. Regarding surly lift staff, those guys are only paid minimum wage and they're treated like crap by most of management and the other resort employees. They receive the most scrutiny because not only do they deal with weekend warriors and blue blood douchebags who think Meadows should be exactly like Vail, but they also have to deal with all the other employees and managers from other departments who will tell them they're doing their jobs wrong. If you're a gaped-out weekend warrior or have a crappy attitude, they're going to reflect that with their own attitudes. Treat them kindly and with respect and they'll also return the favor. Finally, Meadows has a policy of addressing anything after they've received 3 written complaints about something, no matter how trivial. If you think the food options suck (and yes, the employees agree), feel free to write the Portland Sales Office and tell them how much the Schuss sucks.