The ski season is fast approaching, are you prepared? Are your skis tuned, edges sharp and boots fitted to perfection? If not, then now is the time to get ready for winter wonderland! Perhaps you might even want to head over to Snowvana October 19th and 20th, 2018 where you will be able to purchase discount lift tickets and pick up some awesome new winter gear – some of which you could even get for free! Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket at the Mt. Hood Museum‘s booth to win a a pair of Rossignol Ski’s!
Here on Mount Hood we are always praying for snow, even in the middle of Summer, because we are lucky enough to have almost year-round skiing atop our glacial volcano! Today, in mid October, Timberline has been closed for the season until the snow flies once again, but we have a ton of skiing and other outdoor winter activities to look forward to! Mount Hood is home to 5 wonderful ski resorts, all very unique to themselves. We also have snow tubing hills as well as endless nordic trails to explore by Snowshoes or Cross Country Skis. Read on to discover all the best that winter has to offer on Mount Hood!
Timberline Lodge & Ski Resort – Timberline is one of the top historic sights to see on the mountain and to ski it is to experience more than 3,690 vertical feet – sometimes even in the middle summer! With the possibility of year-round skiing, this is a world famous ski area that offers amazing terrain and views of the Cascades for days!
Mt. Hood Skibowl Ski Resort – Skibowl, America’s Largest Night Ski Area and the closest ski resort to Portland, offers some great skiing with a fantastic view of Mount Hood. Skibowl provides snow riders with some of the best terrain in the Mt. Hood National Forest, featuring 65 runs total, 34 fully lit night runs and a vertical drop of 1,500 feet. Skibowl is also home to the world’s only Cosmic Tubing!
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort – Noted as “The most varied and exciting terrain in the northwest” Mt. Hood Meadows offers some of the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding on Mount Hood! The resort is just 40 minutes from Hood River – but delivers a big mountain experience you’d expect to travel much farther to enjoy! Be sure not to miss out on over 2000 acres of perfectly skiable mountain terrain.
Hood River Meadows Nordic Ski Center – This gorgeous Nordic Center offers up to 15 kilometers of groomed and set track through wooded trails and peaceful meadows with both skate skiing and traditional striding lanes. Both rentals and lessons are available on site.
Cooper Spur Ski Resort – The Ski Area at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort offers skiing and snowboarding, alpine instruction, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and a tubing center. With 1 double chair lift and 3 rope tows this area services ten lovely ski runs. You will fall in love with Cooper Spur Mountain Resort’s rustic mountain lodge, log cabins and farm to table restaurant.
Summit Ski Area – Established in 1927, Summit Ski Area is the second oldest continuously operating ski area in the United States and the oldest ski area in the Pacific Northwest. Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing are all available at Summit.
Teacup Lake Nordic Ski Area – Normally the Teacup Nordic trails will be groomed in the early morning every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday unless conditions for grooming are unsuitable. Additional days are added during school holiday breaks of two weeks spanning Christmas and New Years, and during the one week Spring break in March. For current trail conditions from skiers follow the hashtag #teacupnordic on Twitter (shown below) or follow the official Teacup Nordic feed @TeacupNordic.
Snowmobile, Snowshoe & Cross Country Ski Tours – Mt. Hood Outfitters, located in Government Camp, has amazing guides that are eager to show you a fantastic time out on the forest! They also have easy and comfortable rentals for all your winter sport needs. This company has the only Snowmobile Tour permit on the Mount Hood National Forest and you will be lucky if you can fit this exciting adventure into your winter schedule!