Winter activities near Mt. Hood

Winter on Mt. Hood is a magical thing. Ready for an exciting winter near Mt. Hood? If you’re into outdoor adventures, natural beauty, and unforgettable moments, explore these exhilarating activities.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Mt. Hood has some awesome riding opportunities. There are 4 total ski areas on Mt. Hood. From beginner areas like Cooper Spur and Timberline’s summit ski area to flowy fun terrain at the famous Timberline Ski Resort and advanced riding at Mt. Hood Meadows and night riding at Ski Bowl, there is something for everyone.

Summit Ski Area (now owned by Timberline)

Summit Ski Area is located in the town of Government Camp. It is walkable from the main part of town and features one chairlift. This is where new people come to learn on a nice gentle slope without worrying about advanced riders intimidating them. There is a small tubing hill as well but no sledding allowed.

Timberline Ski Resort and Lodge

Timberline is also located in Government Camp. Shuttle service is provided from the Summit Ski Area parking lot. Timberline boasts the most vertical (4540′) in the continental US. The terrain is mostly green and blue runs and has a great flow easy for beginners as well as great tree runs for advanced riders. The lodge is a historic landmark and offers the only ski in ski out opportunity in Oregon. Timberline connects down to summit ski area via some forest service roads that have been converted into legitimate runs. This is a great place to ride with family and kids. Tubing and sledding are not available at this resort (see Ski bowl for the best tubing)

Ski Bowl

Ski Bowl is also located in Government Camp and has two base areas. The main base area is located right off the highway before exiting toward Government Camp and is where the main 2 lifts are. This is also where ski school is located. 
In the town of Government Camp you will find the base for Ski Bowl East, which is where you will find the tubing hill. This is by far the best tubing experience around and has awesome disco lights for night time riding.

Mt. Hood Meadows

Meadows is about 15 minutes east of Government Camp and offers the largest amount of terrain on Mt. Hood. From green runs to double black diamonds, you will find it all here. This is the most advanced terrain on Mt. Hood and is the most popular for serious riders. It’s popularity means you will need to get there early and on nice powder days you can expect a long line.

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