Casey Knopik | 10/30/2018 | Government Camp, Recreation, Snow Play, Villages of Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood is a wonderful place to play in the winter – and you don’t have to be a hardcore skier to enjoy it! Of course there is skiing and snowboarding but you can also explore by snowmobile, snowshoe or on cross-country skis. Treat the kids to tubing, sledding, snowball fights and hot chocolate. Set up basecamp in a historic lodge, a mountain resort or even a snowy cabin. Here are just a few of the ways to enjoy the snow in Mt. Hood Territory.
Of course you can’t do all these awesome things in one day. Why not stay a while and make a whole week of the awesome winter time adventures we have to offer in Mt. Hood Territory? And once you're done playing in the snow, there are countless other options of things to do on the mountain. From great dining options in the Villages of Mt. Hood, to historic museums in Government Camp, you can easily spend a week up here and live it up each day.
1. Cosmic Tubing at Mt. Hood Skibowl
Cosmic Tubing is the best party on the mountain! Enjoy more than 600,000 LED lights, laser light shows, black lights, colored lights and rocking music while tubing. And don’t bother walking up the hill with that big tube, just jump on Mt. Hood's only conveyor lifts dedicated to tubing, and relax all the way to the top. Great fun for the whole family, including kids. And, since Skibowl is America’s largest night-ski area, you can also take to the slopes late into the night.
2. Take a tour with Mt. Hood Outfitters
Mt. Hood Outfitters is the leading recreational outfitter and guide service for Mt. Hood, offering snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski tours as well as holiday sleigh rides. All tours are interpretive as guests learn about the area’s history, geology, cultures and animals. Accomplished and friendly guides lead unforgettable adventures for all experience levels. In addition to tours Mt. Hood Adventure also offers gear rentals if you prefer to head out on your own.
3. Sledding and playing in the snow at Summit Ski Area
Summit Ski Area has been running since 1927, and they’re not out of breath yet. With that much time under their belt, you know they must be doing something right. Summit is known for being an ideal place for beginners to learn, plus the tube runs at Snowbunny are a blast.
4. Night Skiing at Mt. Hood Skibowl
Mt. Hood Skibowl takes the honors for being the single largest night skiing landscape in the country and therefore, the best night skiing offered in Oregon. All lifts, including the Multorpor, Upper Bowl, Lower Bowl and Cascade lifts have lighting that provides 34 lit runs for you to experience. Come prepared for a full day of skiing and catch the sun set on beautiful Mt. Hood while you get a few more runs in past the point of closing at most all the other mountain playgrounds.
5. Ski and snowboard lessons at Timberline Lodge & Ski Area
Have you always wanted to learn how to ski or snowboard? Then learn at where the pros come to ski and snowboard. Instructors can help even the most novice of beginners get the skills they need to confidently tackle Timberline’s famous runs. Considering that Timberline has the longest ski season in all of North America, you’ll have plenty of time to take advantage of all those new skills you just developed.
Casey Knopik promotes Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory as an amazing destination to visit and stay. When he's not road tripping with his wife and daughter, he can be found hiking, kayaking and cycling in The Territory. Oh, and he likes pie.
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