Whether you are in town for a visit or you are a Northwest native, the picturesque views of Mt. Hood have surely grabbed your attention. Located about 50 miles Southeast/east of Portland, OR, the mountain is a photographer and outdoor enthusiasts dream. It’s not just a pretty picture; grab your snow gear and head on up! Here is a slightly biased glimpse of what Mt. Hood has to offer!
Beginner’s Paradise: Summit Ski Area (54 miles from PDX)
You know that big parking lot off Hwy 26 in Government Camp with the public bathroom? That’s actually Summit Ski Area! Summit is family owned and the second oldest continuously operating ski area in the United States. Head into the lodge, grab a bite from their grill (fries are AMAZING) and grab a pass for the tubing hill. Your pass includes the use of their tubes and a guarantee of a lot of fun! If you are just starting out on skis or a board, Summit’s one lift is perfect! The staff is helpful and friendly assisting you on/off the lift and the terrain is the perfect combination of open area and graduated slope. Summit’s vertical drop is only about 402 feet. If I would have known about this ski area when my boys were just learning, it would have saved us all a lot of time, money, and frustrated kiddos! It really is a perfect and affordable place to start with winter sports. More information here: http://www.summitskiarea.com/
Ski Bowl: Not just America’s Largest Night Ski Area (53 miles from PDX)
Known for its night skiing and Cosmic Tubing, Ski Bowl has much more to offer than just 34 phenomenally lit runs after dark. The resort is split up into two: East & West. Ski Bowl East is your destination for family fun in the snow featuring a conveyer lift for tubing, a Super Two-Story Play Zone, and Frosty’s Playland for your smaller ones. Santa and Frosty are regulars at this resort. You can count on good music and a bite to eat in the Multorpor Lodge. (fun fact: Multorpor got its name from the combination of Multnomah, Oregon, and Portland in 1928) You also have access to two lifts from Ski Bowl East, Cascade & Multorpor (Easy access to the terrain park for your tricksters)
If you are looking for some fantastic runs and a vertical drop of over 1,500 feet, head to Ski Bowl West. From the top of Upper Bowl you can see picturesque views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St, Helens, Mt. Adams, AND Mt. Jefferson all at once! Whether you board or ski, the powdery runs will NOT disappoint. Half way down the mountain you can stop for a drink at the historic Warming Hut that’s been warming up snow bunnies since 1937. If you are a novice, there is a small magic carpet and smaller bunny hill, but it isn’t somewhere I recommend starting off. If you can make it off the lift in one piece you can take the Low Road run over to Multorpor and ride the East side easier runs all day. This is my favorite resort on Mt. Hood for it’s easy access from town, the price, the powder, the views and the general FEEL of it. It’s a go-with-the-flow vibe with good music and fun people everywhere (I volunteer at this resort so, you KNOW it is FUN) Nope, not biased at all! More information here: http://www.skibowl.com/winter/
Mt. Hood Meadows: Shredapalooza (65 miles from PDX)
With 12 total lifts including 6 high speed Quads and 87 different trails, Meadows appeals to the masses. From your beginnerist beginner to your sponsored trickster, I guarantee this resort has something for you. Home to 8 different terrain parks for all skill levels, Mt. Hood Meadows maintains their reputation for appealing to shredders. You know shredders; the skilled youngish skiers and snowboarders that speed past you very confidently. The runs are impressive and usually covered in gorgeous powdery goodness. But with all of this appeal, brings people. LOTS of people. Like, A LOT. That is my biggest complaint about Meadows; there are crowds for everything. The parking lot fills up and then shuttles are full. Then you hit crowds to buy your lift ticket, then more lines to get on the lift. People everywhere. (Remember, how I said I was slightly biased??) Meadows Ski School is pretty awesome though and there are some good spots to have a drink and a bite when you’ve decided you are done for the day. So if you are looking for the “cool spot” to shred Mt. Hood (like, if you are trying to impress your college girlfriend from out of town) head up to Mt. Hood Meadows! Find out more https://www.skihood.com/
Timberline Lodge: A Family Affair (60 miles from PDX)
If you haven’t been up to Timberline, make it happen. It’s an experience that is unmatched. It truly has something for everyone! This is a great destination for people who love the snow and beauty of the Northwest in the Winter who simply wish to sip a hot totty by a warm fire in a historic lodge while their spouses and kids ride the mountain. Timberline Lodge is a destination in its own with its hotel, finer dining, and intriguing history. As far as the mountain itself, the skiing is phenomenal. Timberline features 7 chairlifts, including 5 high quads and a 3,620 vertical drop. There is a run for each skill level, but the majority of the runs are geared to an intermediate crowd. And when I speak of runs, I’m talking about insane powder. You can even ride a snow cat up to the tippy top of the mountain and ride all the way down to Government camp on the Glade Trail (over 3 miles!) Timberline’s ski school and kids club offers a fun and safe environment for your little shredders while you enjoy some time on the mountain alone! Also, chains are generally required to make it up Timberline Road so make sure you are fully equipped and prepared for the drive! Find out more https://www.timberlinelodge.com/
Mt. Hood is just another one of the 2,785,955 reasons why living in the Northwest is AWESOME! You can invest in a mountain vacation getaway OR flourish in the surrounding areas and make the hour commute to this gorgeous oasis. Either way, we can help! If you have any questions about relocating to the Pacific Northwest, investing in a vacation home near Mt. Hood, or any questions about the area at all; WE CAN HELP!