Skiing and Snowboarding in Oregon
When we think about skiing or snow boarding in Oregon, most probably think of two general mountains- Mt Hood, outside of Portland within Clackamas and Hood River Counties and Mt Bachelor in Deschutes County, outside of Bend Oregon.
Mt Hood is Oregon’s tallest mountain has 5 ski destinations including, Mt Hood Meadows, Timberline, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur Ski and Tubing Area and lastly Summit Ski and Tube Area. Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline are the 2 largest and offer a wider variety of slopes and advanced terrain for both skiers and snowboarders. Cooper Spur is an excellent day ski area for a child or family that needs a simpler experience. Ski Bowl is the largest night skiing area in the country.
All of these locations are an easy drive from Portland, either the direct route Hwy 26 or the longer route down the Columbia River Gorge via Hood River. Both routes have advantages and disadvantages depending on the time of day and your destination. The only ski destination on Mt Hood which offers accommodations is Timberline Lodge and these accommodations are limited. Staying overnight in the lodge can be quite the experience and is highly recommended to everyone. There are plenty of Air B’n’B offerings in Government Camp and surrounding locations about 15 minutes from Timberline, 25 from Meadows and minutes across Hwy 26 from Ski Bowl. “Govy” or Government Camp is nice place to grab a beer or food after hitting the slopes all day. Charlie’s Mountain View is a go to for locals as well as the Ratskeller. The closest airport to Mt Hood is the Portland International Airport or PDX as the locals call it.
The second largest ski area in Oregon would be in Central Oregon at a mountain and resort called Mt Bachelor. Bachelor is only 20 minutes from Bend Oregon. This beautiful mountain is among the Cascade Mountain range and is within eye sight of the Three Sisters Mountains; the North Sister, Middle Sister, and South Sister. Because Mt Bachelor is a little more east in Central Oregon and on the eastern side of the mountain, the snow is colder, lighter and fluffy than the snow at the Mt Hood areas. This makes it a more favorable place to ski or snowboard. There are 4 day Lodges located on Bachelor but the weather dictates when they can open to the public.
Mt Bachelor does not offer any overnight accommodations but there are several great places close by. With an easy 15-20minutes drive is Sun Mountain - an entire community of condos and retail places. The small city of Bend Oregon is a great place to rent a condo or AirBnB. The Inn at the Seventh Mountain is also a good option. All of these options are easy to navigate to and offer everything a winter sports accommodation could. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and make reservations in advance or call ahead for availability and conditions. The closest airport to Mt Bachelor is the Redmond Airport, or RDM for short.
Thank you and remember to follow your Heart in Oregon.