As Oregon’s grandest peak, Mt. Hood is home to three incredible and diverse ski resorts. Timberline Lodge and Ski Area is the only ski-in, ski-out lodge in the state, Mt. Hood Skibowl has the largest night skiing terrain in the United States and Mt. Hood Meadows offers more than 2,150 acres of skiing.
Conveniently located 90 minutes from Portland International Airport, on Mt. Hood you can ski with locals, enjoy a beer at a craft brewery, spend the night in a mountain resort, follow snowshoe trails through old growth forests and experience what makes Oregon a truly special place.
America’s largest night ski area
When the snow begins falling on Mt. Hood, skiers and snowboarders eagerly await news of opening day at Mt. Hood Skibowl. In addition to having the most black diamond runs in the state of Oregon, Skibowl features 36 fully lit runs making it the largest night ski area in the United States. As the closest ski resort to Portland, Skibowl is also home to the Snow Tube and Adventure Park, making it a favorite among families and groups.
By the Numbers
Base elevation: 3,600 ft/ 1,097 m
Summit elevation: 5,100 ft/ 1,554 m
Vertical rise: 1,500 ft/ 457 m
Terrain: 960 acres/ 389 hectares
Number of trails: 65, 34 night
Beginner: 20% Intermediate: 20% Expert: 60%
Longest trail: 3 miles/4.8 km
Avg. Annual Snowfall: 300 in/ 7.6 m
Near the summit of a volcano
Timberline Lodge & Ski Area boasts the Pacific Northwest’s largest vertical terrain with 3,690 vertical feet (1,125 meters) and some of the state’s most scenic skiing. The lodge is a National Historic Landmark and is the only ski-in/ski-out lodge in Oregon. Timberline maintains multiple terrain parks throughout the year with enough jibs, jumps and pipes to keep even the hardest of the hardcore happy.
By the Numbers
Base elevation: 4,950 ft/ 1,509 m
Summit elevation: 8,540 ft/ 2,603 m
Vertical rise: 3,690 ft/ 1,125 m
Terrain: 1,415 acres/ 573 hectares
Number of trails: 41
Beginner: 25% Intermediate: 50% Advanced: 25%
Longest trail: 3.1 miles/5 km
Avg. Annual Snowfall: 500 inches/ 12.7 m
Covering 2,150 acres (870 hectares)
Mt. Hood Meadows offers some of the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding in the Pacific Northwest. The wide-open terrain of the Cascade Express Lift offers incredible panoramic views half-way across Oregon. Meadows is a big mountain experience, with plenty of acreage to keep you busy for days, and enough character that you will remember your time on these trails.
By the Numbers
Base elevation: 5,366 ft/ 1,379 m
Summit elevation: 9,000 ft/ 2,743 m
Vertical rise: 2,777 ft/ 846 m
Terrain: 2,150 acres/ 870 hectares
Number of trails: 85
Beginner: 10% Intermediate: 55% Advanced: 15% Expert: 20%
Longest trail: 3 miles/4.8 km
Avg. Annual Snowfall: 430 in/ 10.9 m
Just 90 minutes from Mt. Hood, your Oregon winter vacation beings in Portland. Spend a few days here and add some city flavor to your mountain vacation.
Oregon has no sales tax and Portland has the state’s best shops for gear from big-name brands and local outfitters — many of which are headquartered locally (Nike, Adidas and Columbia, to name a few). You’ll find major outdoor retailers including REI, Evo, North Face, Patagonia and Mountain Hardwear in the central city (along with international brands, including Arc’teryx, Icebreaker and Snow Peak). Homegrown shops like Next Adventure, the U.S. Outdoor Store and Mountain Shop are expert outfitters for your Mt. Hood adventure.
Looking for something even more local? Zip yourself into Poler’s “Napsack,” a wearable sleeping bag, or lace up some boots from heritage brand Danner. And, of course, you’ll find everything from locally made leather accessories to luxury brand apparel among Portland’s retail scene.
With 75 breweries and counting — more than any other city on Earth — it’s no wonder Portland is nicknamed “Beervana.” Find your go-to IPA on tap and discover a new favorite at brewpubs like eco-friendly Hopworks, where there’s parking for 60 bikes, or Base Camp, which offers its beers in adventure-ready aluminum bottles.
Still thirsty? Just an hour from Portland, the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley wine country are studded with hundreds of vineyards producing acclaimed Pinot noir, Pinot gris and other varietals. And, with more than a dozen urban wineries in Portland, you can sample great Oregon wines, tour production facilities and meet the winemakers without leaving town.
If you’ve built up an appetite, Portland’s dining scene won’t let you down. Indulge in one of the country’s most celebrated food destinations, loaded with farm-to-table dining, award-winning chefs, innovative cuisine, farmers’ markets and literally hundreds of food carts to choose from. And thanks to the city’s proximity to fertile farmland, plenty of ingredients on your plate will be fresh and local.
You can end every day in Portland with an epic night out. The city offers thriving live music and comedy scenes, the full range of performing arts, and ample bars and nightclubs — including an entertainment district that’s kept car-free on weekend nights. You’ll also find unexpected late-night delights, including private-suite karaoke, a thriving tango scene, a ping-pong bar and two arcades with full bars.
Government Camp and Welches are two of the alpine villages on Mt. Hood. As the closest towns to the three ski resorts, they provide everything you need for your winter adventure including lodging, dining and shopping opportunities, as well as equipment rentals and cultural activities.
From coffee roasters to gear rentals, the locally-owned and operated shops in the villages enjoy sharing their love of Mt. Hood and their passion for snow with visitors.
They pride themselves in the services they offer, as well as carrying everything you and your family will need to enjoy the winter on Mt. Hood. And in Oregon, there is no sales tax!
The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum showcases the regional history of the area including the evolution of skiing on Mt. Hood. The large collection of snow skis and associated equipment is of special interest to skiers. The Center also features visitor information services, a museum bookstore, art gallery and internet access on site.
Enjoy majestic forest backdrops as you relax and experience a variety of dining options on Mt. Hood. These restaurants feature something for everyone and every meal.
Visit the Huckleberry Inn for their world famous huckleberry pies, milkshakes and pancakes, indulge in classic American barbeque with an Oregon spin at the Skyway Bar & Grill or head to The Cascade Dining Room at Timberline Lodge for gourmet Northwest cuisine at 6,000 feet (1,830 meters).
End your evening with a craft beer from the Mt. Hood Brewing Co., brewed right in Government Camp, or at Rebel & Rye Public House which offers more than 25 types of bourbon, rye and scotch, Oregon beer and wine and live music on the weekends.
Travel Tip: Make sure to visit the city of Sandy on your journey up to Mt. Hood for more restaurants, grocery stores, lodging, gear rentals and shopping options.
Mt. Hood’s Premier Resort Destination
Wonderfully secluded, yet easily reachable, the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort has everything necessary for an unforgettable mountain getaway. Rich woods and warm, welcoming colors accent The Resort’s upscale lodge-like atmosphere and guests enjoy fresh, seasonal cuisine at Mallards Café & Pub and Altitude Restaurant.
Boundless amenities are available including a sparkling outdoor pool heated to perfection during the winter, a full-service spa combining natural elements found in mountain flora and the best 27 holes of golf in Mt. Hood Territory. The Resort is located in Welches, which is just 15 minutes from the Mt. Hood ski areas.
An Oregon Icon Above the Clouds
Constructed in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands on the south slope of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) and is the only ski-in, ski-out lodge in Oregon. This beautiful National Historic Landmark is still being used for its original intent – a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy.
Each Timberline Lodge room has a unique rustic elegance, yet a modern and comfortable feel. All rooms have period furnishings, artwork and décor. Guests enjoy the year-round heated pool, spa and sauna. Amazing views, beautiful surroundings, first-class cuisine and a full menu of amenities attract visitors from all over the world.
The Best Western Mt. Hood Inn is situated close to all three Mt. Hood ski resorts and is a great central location for your winter or summer adventure.
Amenities: Complimentary full breakfast, laundromat, exercise facility, indoor hot tub, complimentary Wi-Fi, multilingual staff (English, Spanish), free parking
These vacation rentals are situated in the heart of Government Camp, within easy walking access to the village, steps from Mt. Hood Skibowl and minutes to Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood Meadows.
Amenities: Onsite concierge, laundry facilities, year-round heated pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness center, free shuttle to Mt. Hood Skibowl
As the gateway to Mt. Hood, Sandy provides easy access to the three Mt. Hood ski resorts, as well as mountain biking, fishing, rafting and kayaking locations and plenty of dinning and shopping options.
Amenities: Complimentary full breakfast, laundromat, indoor heated pool and hot tub, exercise facility, DVD player with free DVD rentals, complimentary Wi-Fi, RV/camper parking, free parking
The Mt. Hood Territory is filled with additional lodging options which include vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, cabins and dorm/hostels. No matter your preference, you’re sure to find the perfect room on Mt. Hood. Visit mthoodterritory.com/places-to-stay for more lodging options.
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 all 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. See you at the world's only Cosmic Tubing!
The Snow Tube and Adventure Park at Mt. Hood Skibowl is fun for all ages. Skibowl offers the only tube conveyor lift on Mt. Hood. The Snow Tube and Adventure Park is open weekends and school holiday periods during the winter. For the more adventurous, try steeper runs on the Extreme Tube Hill (open based on conditions). The Snow Tube and Adventure Park also includes the indoor Super Play Zone, Kids Tubing Carousel, Frosty’s Playland and more!
The sounds of the horses hooves, mixed with the jingle bells hung from the reigns, brings out the true spirit of the winter season. Belgian and Morgan Draft horses will guide you through the historic village of Government Camp. Sleigh and carriage rides are for all ages and can be a family adventure or a romantic getaway. Plan ahead because reservations for this adventure are limited. Tours usually run the last three weeks of December and the first week of January.
All three ski resorts offer equipment rentals, demos and gear sales. Additionally, there are a number of local Mt. Hood shops located in the towns along Highway 26 like Otto’s Ski Shop and Meadowlark Ski and Snowboard in Sandy, Valian’s Ski Shop in Government Camp and Mountainology in Rhododendron that are expert outfitters for your winter adventure.
Mt. Hood Outfitters is the leading recreational outfitter and guide service for Mt. Hood. All tours are interpretive as guests learn about the area’s history, geology, cultures, animals and more. Accomplished and friendly guides lead unforgettable adventures for all experience levels. In addition to snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski tours, Mt. Hood Outfitters also offers gear rentals if you prefer to head out on your own.
Discover a winter wonderland in the backcountry of the Mt. Hood National Forest on the saddle of a snowmobile. Expert guides will lead you to amazing views, remote lakes and across a magnificent winter playground. Tours are fun for all ages and experience levels and are offered in two-hour and four-hour excursions.
Follow trails deep into the forest to discover snow covered old growth trees and see native birds and animals as your guide provides stories about the area. With a variety of tours available, choose from a family adventure on flat groomed trails or explore the steep, deep powder of the backcountry. Try a moonlight tour where your guide will lead you under the night sky, and the alpenglow of Mt. Hood, on a trek you won’t soon forget!
Mt. Hood’s cross-country skiing guides lead tours for all skill levels and even provide lessons and tips that will help you progress as a cross-country skier. Enjoy amazing views of Mt. Hood along the groomed trails. With short and long distance loops available, it's the perfect adventure for the beginner, intermediate and advanced classic or skate skier.
Oregon is the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders who want to experience the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Set against the backdrop of snow-capped Mt. Hood, your adventure begins in the city of Portland. Surrounded by natural beauty, this quirky, sustainable city is known for its craft beer, indie music, great shopping and locally sourced restaurants. Just 90 minutes from Portland, Mt. Hood is home to three incredible ski resorts, Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Hood Skibowl and Timberline Lodge & Ski Area. Each resort promises everything from beginner runs to challenging terrain. Central Oregon offers majestic, snowcapped peaks including Mt. Bachelor which is the sixth-largest ski resort in North America. In Oregon there are so many ways to enhance your ski trip with an unforgettable adventure: snowshoe the rim of breathtaking Crater Lake National Park, visit the award-winning wineries of the Willamette Valley or storm watch on the rugged Oregon Coast. Your next ski vacation is here. Join us and ski Oregon!