11/17/2022 (Updated: 01/02/2024) | Featured on Homepage, Winter

Where To Ski On Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood features some of the best snow in the Pacific Northwest and has the closest ski resorts to Portland.

Rectangular Mt. Hood Skibowl red and blue logo with mountain artwork

Mt. Hood Skibowl Statistics

Base elevation:
3,650 ft/ 1,112 m
Summit elevation:
5,027 ft/ 1,532 m
Avg. annual snowfall:
300 in/ 7.6 m
Number of trails:
69 total runs, 36 night
Longest trail:
3 miles/4.8 km
960 acres

View of Mt. Hood from Skibowl

Featuring 36 fully lit runs, Mt. Hood Skibowl is the largest night ski area in America. There are 69 total runs, including the most black diamond runs of any resort in Oregon.

Two snow tubers with glow in dark necklace wait at top of Cosmic Tubing run in 2-man turquoise tube beneath neon lights

The world’s first Cosmic Tubing® is the best party on the mountain! Families enjoy more than 600,000 LED lights and music while tubing down the snow hill. And getting back to the top of the hill is as easy as relaxing on a ride up one of the dual conveyor lifts.

Snow tubing at Mt. Hood Skibowl

The Snow Tube and Adventure Park at Mt. Hood Skibowl offers steeper runs for the more adventurous on the Extreme Tube Hill. Families also love the indoor Super Play Zone, Kids Tubing Carousel and Frosty’s Playland.

Fun fact: Skibowl was established in 1937 by a group of Norwegian ski jumpers.

Timberline Lodge logo is snow goose weathervane designed by Margery Hoffman Smith, and cast in bronze it sits atop the lodge

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area Statistics

Base elevation:
4,950 ft/ 1,509 m
Summit elevation:
8,540 ft/ 2,603 m
Avg. annual snowfall:
500 in/ 12.7 m
Number of trails:
Longest trail:
3.1 miles/5 km
1,685 acres
Skier leaves Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

With the largest vertical terrain in the Pacific Northwest at 3,690 vertical feet, Timberline Lodge & Ski Area boasts some of the most scenic skiing in Oregon. Timberline recently purchased the Summit Ski Area in Government Camp and recently announced that they merged the two areas into one, creating the nation's most vertical feet of terrain with 4,540. 

As the only ski-in, ski-out lodging in Oregon, each Timberline Lodge room has a unique rustic elegance yet a modern and comfortable feel. And sitting at 6,000 feet on Mt. Hood, the lodge features amazing views, first-class cuisine and a full menu of amenities.

Constructed in 1937, history is featured throughout Timberline Lodge. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977, history buffs enjoy wandering the hotel just as much as guests.

Fun fact: Timberline Lodge was featured in the 1980 movie "The Shining” as the exterior of the lodge was used as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel.

Mt. Hood Meadows Statistics

Base elevation:
5,366 ft/ 1,635 m
Summit elevation:
9,000 ft/ 2,743 m
Avg. annual snowfall:
430 in/ 10.9 m
Number of trails:
Longest trail:
3 miles/4.8 km
2,150 acres
Skier jumps at Mt. Hood Meadows resort

Mt. Hood Meadows features some of the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding in the Pacific Northwest, and the wide-open terrain of the Cascade Express Lift offers incredible panoramic views half-way across Oregon.

Mt. Hood Meadows Chairlift with view of Mt. Hood

The steep pitches of powder at legendary Heather Canyon are perfect for advanced skiers and boarders. For those who want additional 1,700 of vertical feet, you can hike to the double blacks of Super Bowl above Heather.

Skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows Resort

Operated by Mt. Hood Meadows, the ski area at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort offers beginner and intermediate terrain for skiing and snowboarding, as well as cross country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing opportunities. 

Fun fact: Meadows had the first enclosed on-the-snow conveyer lift in the Northwest – the “Ballroom Carpet” – named after longtime instructor, the late Don Ball.

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