Winter Weekends

What to expect during a winter weekend at Meany Lodge during the 2021-2022 season. This includes our plans for managing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

TomCat Schedule  |  SNO-PARK PERMIT  |  Directions

WINTER WEEKENDS in the age of COVID

 We offer whatever winter sport warms the cockles of your heart, be it downhill or cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or making snowmen & sledding. 

“Once you have skied Meany, you will never want to ski anywhere else!!”

Please bring your  own skis and outdoor exploration gear.  We have a limited number of snow shoes available to borrow at the Lodge. 

If you would like to sled, please bring helmets for all sledders (all ages must have helmets), and please plan to have an adult at the top and bottom of the sled hill to ensure safety.

Please minimize  the amount of gear you bring.    Packing for Winter Weekends at Meany provides more information on what to bring and how to pack.

COvid Mitigation Plans

This information is current as of 11/30/2021:

  • The Lodge is open for overnight stays.  Only fully-vaccinated guests will be allowed to sleep in the Lodge.  As children under 5 cannot receive the vaccine at this point, we regret they will not be permitted to stay in the Lodge. 
  • We have reduced the number of overnight guests from 98 to 55 - make your reservations early!
  • Dorms are open to all, not gender specific.  Families are encouraged to sleep together in ‘pods.’
  • Meany Lodge is using the CDC definition of fully-vaccinated - 2 weeks after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or 2 weeks after the first dose of Johnson and Johnson.  Boosters are encouraged but not required.
  • All vaccinated  people must email a photo or pdf of  their vaccination card to meanycovidvax@outlook.com before coming up to the Lodge.  
  • We will be serving meals inside the Lodge, in two shifts of 50 people each.  Participants can eat in our dining room or in the Zoo - the Zoo is our maintenance garage where we served meals last year, and it has infrared heaters and lots of airflow.
  • We will be wearing masks inside the Lodge, except when eating or sleeping.  
  • Tent camping is available on campus for all.  We have lots of nice tent locations!  Please bring your own tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, head lamps, and sundries.
  • Car/RV camping space is available in the Crystal Spring SnoPark for day guests at the Lodge.

DAY USE: DECEMBER – MARCH

To visit Meany for a day, please register for a corresponding activity on our calendar.   We are not allowing drop-ins this year to ensure we stay below the maximum allowed number of guests.

GETTING TO MEANY - Safely

First time visitors- this page could save your life, or at least, your weekend. Please keep in mind the following:

  1. You will lose cell coverage as soon as you leave I90.
  2. Mountain passes are dangerous. Travel with emergency supplies (blankets, food, etc) in your car in case you get stuck.  Current pass conditions can be found on the WSDoT Snoqualmie Pass page.
  3. Bring tire chains (practice putting them on in your garage, it’s hard to do this for the first time in the cold).
  4. You’ll need to purchase a sno-park permit and will need to time your arrival to TomCat, our very own snow transport.
  5. Google Maps will get you to the Crystal Springs SnoPark, but see #’s 1, 2, 3 & 4 above.  Written directions are also available

SNO-PARK PERMITS (AKA YOUR PARKING PASS)

During winter months, the State closes the forest service road to Meany Lodge.  Parking is at the Crystal Springs sno-park and requires a state-issued sno-park permit, which should be purchased BEFORE you arrive.  It's possible to purchase them using your phone from the parking lot, but you'll have a better experience from home.

We recommend you purchase permits online or from a vendor such as REI.  Ask for the "Seasonal Non Motorized Permit/Special Groomed Sticker Combo" for which the price should be $120-$125.  (This has gone up significantly from the $80 charged in previous years, but we regret we have no control over what the State charges for SnoPark permits)  Please consider carpooling.

Which permit you should purchase depends on your expected usage, with many finding the annual pass most economical:

  • 3 nights (4 days) or more, purchase both:
    • $50 – Seasonal Non Motorized Permit
    • $70 – Special Groomed Sticker
    • Annual permit is license plate specific
  • Single day:
    • $25 Day Use Sno-Park Pass
    • Day passes are DATE specific and nontransferable.
    • A day pass covers from midnight to midnight, so if you are staying overnight you will need to buy two passes.  One for your day of arrival and one for your day of departure.

Yes, this is confusing.  Please take out your frustrations by writing letters to the state administrators who made it this complicated and not the poor TomCat driver who is trying to explain it.

TOMCAT SCHEDULE

When snow is present, the 3 miles of road to Meany are closed by the state and the only approach is on foot or via  transportation on Meany's TomCat or snowmobiles.

Please arrive at the SnoPark 20 minutes before the departure time listed below, so you have time to move your gear from your car onto the TomCat.

The trip in to Meany and the trip out will take 30 - 60 minutes depending on conditions, but most people report it's a great deal of fun!

Transportation Schedule (Departure Times)

Crystal Springs
Departure
Meany Lodge
Departure
Friday Schedule 7 PM -
Saturday Schedule 8:30 AM
10:00 AM
5:30 PM
7:45 AM
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
Sunday Schedule 8:30 AM 7:45 AM
3:30 PM

When packing your gear, assume you’re packing for a 3 mile hike with the possibility of getting a free ride.  See our beginners guide for packing for Meany, and remember to pack your stuff in a backpack or duffle bag – loose gear, paper / plastic bags, suitcases, or crates / boxes are a recipe for disappointment and frustration.

Driving DIRECTIONS

Winter and Spring driving directions (mid-November till May)

Summer and Fall driving directions (May till mid-November)

 

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