Winter seems to be holding on a bit longer here this year, with some epic snow falling in mid April. Here are some fun ways to take advantage of the second coming of winter this spring.
Pro tip: Visit midweek to avoid sitting in traffic. Bonus: there will be fewer people on the mountain and even some cost savings.
Mt. Hood Skibowl is the closest ski resort to Portland and has 69 day runs. It's also America's largest night ski area with 36 lit runs and the most lit black diamond runs in Oregon. Contactless ticket purchases may be made at any of their outdoor kiosks on their West side. Don't forget that The Hurricane Racing Ski Shop is open for you to get a fresh wax and tune up before you hit the slopes.
Skibowl has been an iconic place to learn to ski or snowboard for more than 80 years. Under the direction of the former Olympian, Petr Kakes, the Olympic Ski and Snowboard School is ready to get you going on your journey. Online reservations are required ahead of time.
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has the longest ski season in North America with over 1,000 acres of terrain and is the only ski-in, ski-out lodge in Oregon. After the epic snows in April, they're looking at a base depth of 170" as of 4/14.
Timberline is currently offering Spring Passes now which are good through May 30, 2022.
Located in Government Camp, Summit Pass, formerly known as Summit Ski Area, has officially become part of Timberline Ski Area. That makes the second oldest continually operating ski area in the United also part of the longest ski season in North America. Just to add one more superlative, the addition of Summit to has made Timberline's 4,540 vertical feet the longest in the US.
Since 1927 Summit provided family friendly winter recreation options. In addition to being the first ski area established on Mt. Hood, they also offer snow tubing.
Summit Ski Area also operates Snow Bunny Sliding Area Sno-Park. There, you may bring personal sledding devices, such as toboggans, sleds and tubes.
Summit Pass is currently operating Fridays - Mondays from 9am - 4pm.
A fan favorite way to experience winter fun on Mt. Hood is with Mt. Hood Outfitters in Government Camp (or Govy). Their staff of dedicated outdoor guides can craft a perfect trip that combines adherence to the latest safety guidelines with the most fun you can have outdoors.
Snowmobiling excursions are one of the most popular offerings, and Mt. Hood Outfitters is the only licensed outfitter for snowmobiles in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
If you prefer to get around under your own power, check out their various snowshoeing tours. If you've never had the chance to try that before, they offer treks that cover basic snowshoeing techniques for newbies. If you've got some experience, try The Moonlight Snowshoe Tour and Crosstown Tour which are great options for the more experienced snowshoeing enthusiast looking for a unique trip into the great white wilderness.
Another awesome way to get out and explore is cross-country skiing with one of their guides. You can also rent their equipment if you have experience and want to go it alone.