Mt. Hood Meadows in Mount Hood, Oregon, is a skier’s playground with six terrain parks and 2,150 acres of the most varied, skiable terrain in the Northwest, setting it apart from Mt. Hood Skibowl.
With a 2,777-foot vertical drop and 85 alpine and Nordic named runs, there is a challenge to be found for anyone on the mountain.
Mt. Hood Meadows accommodates beginner skiers and snowboarders with their discounted Learn to Ride ski packages offered on Saturday nights during ski season.You can also hone your skills in a group or private lesson with a certified instructor at The Meadows Learning Center, or during one of the resort’s multi-day camps, tailored to both kids and adults that are looking to progress in their skiing abilities.
Mt. Hood Meadows generally opens in late November or early December, and the slopes often stay open through April into May. When deciding on the best time to visit Mt. Hood Meadows, it is your best bet to visit during December and March as the mountain reaches 20 inches of snowfall. On the other hand, you will want to avoid visiting Mt. Hood Meadows in January and April as fresh snowfall tends to be sparse.
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There is no ski-in/ski-out lodging at Mt. Hood Meadows, but you’ll find plenty of places to stay within easy reach. Best Western Mt. Hood Government Camp Inn offers free breakfast and whirlpool bathtubs while located just five miles from Mt. Hood Meadows. Or, make your stay in one of the condos at Collins Lake Resort . There you can take advantage of the heated pool, sauna, hot tub and free shuttle to the ski area. With log homes, cozy rooms, hot tubs and discounted offers on lift tickets, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort , just 12 miles from the resort, is a great option for lodging.
If you are looking to refuel, pay a visit to Alpenstube Restaurant in the South Lodge for gourmet sandwiches and salads. Vertical, a full-service restaurant and bar, serving tapas and microbrews, is located at the upper level of the North Lodge. At 6,000 feet, between the top of Mt. Hood Express and the bottom of Cascade Express, enjoy specialty sandwiches and snacks at Mazot Eatery, or stop by Renaissance Cafe for breakfast sandwiches and a steamy coffee. At Paradise Sundeck & Grill, soak up the sun as you chow down on barbecue ribs and pulled pork. For quick dining, visit Schuss Grill for breakfast burritos, Fresh Tracks Deli for waffles and wraps, and Comfort Zone Cafe for hot dogs and nachos.
Portland International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Mt. Hood Meadows. When coming from Portland , you have the option to either take a luxury coach bus or Portland’s Premier Ski and Mountain Shuttle Service, both of which will drop you off in front of the main lodge. Renting a car is not necessary as the mountain offers a free daily shuttle between Hood River and the ski area. However, if you do decide to drive, parking for both cars and RVs is available.
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