The Northwest's only superpipes south of the Vancouver Olympics are open at Mt. Hood Meadows, and snowboarders are salivating.

A snowboarding superpipe must have polished, near-vertical walls that are at least 18 feet high from the flat bottom of the pipe to the top of the wall. The new Meadows superpipe meets that minimum height requirement and runs 500 feet in length.

It joins the Vista Superpipe, which has walls that run for 230 feet.

The Meadows superpipe, which opened in January, is well lighted for night runs, weather permitting.

Mt. Hood Meadows boasts six snow parks, including the Banked Slalom course, Forest Park, Park Place, Rose City Slopestyle, Shipyard and the Zoo.

Each of the parks offers unique challenges for snowboarders of all experience levels, with an assortment of rails and jumps.

If the snow keeps up, the Meadows' staff says the snowboarding fun will continue until late in the season.

For weather and information, Mt. Hood Meadows is online at www.skihood.com, or call 503-227-7669.

Writer Bill Miller lives in Shady Cove. Reach him at newsmiller@yahoo.com.