SKI & SNOWPLAY ON MT HOOD
When the snow starts to fall on Mt. Hood, snow enthusiasts eagerly await news of opening day of our area ski resorts. Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Hood Skibowl, and Timberline all offer awesome skiing and snowboarding terrain - all of it less than 90 minutes from Portland
Mt Hood Skibowl, America’s largest night ski area and the closest ski resort to Portland has eight ski lifts,accessing 65 trails (36 of them fully lit for night skiing), over 960 acres of skiable terrain, and a vertical drop of 1,500 feet. With the most Black Diamond runs of any resort in Oregon, and two fully lit terrain parks, Skibowl draws accomplished snow riders as well as beginners and intermediate riders out for a great time. Skibowl offers Cosmic tubing at night, as well as The Snowtube and Adventure Park on winter weekends and holidays.
Mt. Hood Meadow's playful terrain welcomes and challenges all levels of skiers and snowboarders. For the thrill seekers, there are the steeps of the front side bowls and Heather Canyon’s spectacular pitches of powder. Meadows offers plentiful beginner runs and was voted with the best intermediate cruising terrain in Oregon. Meadows has 11 ski lifts (including five high speed quads) to quickly get you access to over 85 named runs on 2,150 acres of pure enjoyment. Rising to its highest lift-served elevation of 7,300 feet, and with a vertical drop of almost 2,800 feet, you’ll feel like you’re on the top of the world as you take in a panoramic view to the east and south.
Night skiing is offered at Mt. Hood Skibowl, Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline.
Ski & Snowboard Lessons & Rentals
Ski and snowboard lessons are provided by all the ski resorts. Check out Mt. Hood Meadows and Mt. Hood Skibowl for the many options for ski and snowboard instruction as well as special equipment rental offers to learn to ski and snowboard, or improve your skills.
It is convenient and easy to rent recreation equipment for your cross country ski, downhill ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and telemark ski excursions. Chamber members offering various ski equipment rentals include Valian's Ski Shop, Mt. Hood Adventures, Mt. Hood Skibowl, and Mt. Hood Meadows
Cross-Country Skiing on Mt Hood
Trillium Lake Snowtrails: Six miles of groomed trails for traditional XC skiing and snowshoeing. Trails are generally groomed a twice /week from Thanksgiving until April. Dogs allowed on a leash. Donation requested.
Located one mile north of Mt. Hood Meadows on Oregon 35. Generally groomed several times / week per week for both skating and traditional XC skiing. There are 12 kilometers km trails of trails, a toilet and warming hut. $5 donation requested. Dogs and snowshoers prohibited.
Mt Hood Meadows Nordic Center
Generally open on the weekends and holidays. Enjoy 15 kilometers of groomed skating and set track through beautiful wooded trails and meadows. Rentals available. Track fees range from $5-$10. Dogs and snowshoers prohibited.
Snowshoeing on Mt Hood
Trillium Lake Snowtrails: Six miles of groomed trails for snowshoeing. Please do not snowshoe in cross-country track. Trails are generally groomed a twice /week from Thanksgiving until April. Dogs allowed on a leash. Donation requested.
Government Camp Trail System: The trail system around the community of Government Camp is great for snowshoeing. The trails are not groomed, but are marked with blue diamonds. There are many short loops and also opportunities to walk in to town for a hot chocolate or warm soup. Trails include Crosstown, Camp Creek, Maggies, Lucy's, Skiway, Wally's Tie, Enid Lake and Summit Trail. These links tie to REI's sponsored Hiking Project.com site. Sign up for free and download the maps and trail directions on a mobile phone for a pocket field guide and GPS.
Snow-play on Mt Hood
Tubing at Skibowl - Cosmic Tubing is here and out of this world! Enjoy tubing, laser lights, black lights, music and more. Skibowl also has a variety of daytime tubing options for adults and kids. You won’t need to schlep a big tube up the slope; just jump on their easy conveyor system and cruise all the way to the top! Great fun for the whole family. Skibowl also offers a mini-snowmobile track and sleigh rides. The Winter Adventure Park entertains the smaller snow bunnies.
Free Sledding and Tubing on Mt. Hood - The two major spots for free tubing and sledding on the Mt. Hood National Forest are the White RIver West Sno-park and Little John Sno-park (lower elevation). These areas are not managed and sledders need to slide at their own risk. Ensure you have plenty of clear run-out room away from trees and rocks. Avoid icy conditions.
The Mt. Hood National Forest has designated snowmobile areas. To use authorized snowmobile areas, a Sno-Park permit is required. Sno-Park permits are available at ski areas, equipment rental shops, convenience stores and USFS Ranger Stations. Rental equipment with a guide is available at Mt. Hood Skibowl.
For more snowmobiling information, maps and conditions:
Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger District
70220 E. Hwy 26, Zigzag, Oregon 97049