Mt. Hood Skibowl, just an hour out of Portland, Oregon, boasts some of the best skiing terrain in Mt. Hood National Forest.
With 34 fully lit runs and two fully lit terrain parks, Skibowl is named as the largest night ski area in America. While beginner skiers will find runs suited to their skill level, the resort’s 960 acres of skiable territory, home to the largest amount of black-diamond runs in the state of Oregon, draw more advanced snow riders.
Run by Olympian Petr Kakes, Skibowl’s Olympic Ski & Snowboard School teaches the tricks and trades of skiing to riders of every ability. Mt Hood Skibowl also hosts a separate school, Mogul Busters Kids School, for children ages 4 to 13. When you want to take a break from skiing, Mt. Hood hosts cosmic tubing during the winter season featuring LED lights, lazer light shows, and music.
Mt. Hood Skibowl is usually open from early December through late April, and generally sees the most snowfall in February and March. Late January and April aren’t ideal as they generally see fewer than five inches of snowfall.
Although ski-in/ski-out accommodation is not available at Mt. Hood Skibowl, you can still sleep within easy reach of the slopes at Collins Lake Resort Vacation Rentals . There, enjoy your very own luxurious chalet equipped with a kitchen, multiple bedrooms and access to the resort pool and hot tub. A short drive from Skibowl is Best Western Mt. Hood Inn , offering free breakfast and budget-friendly rates. Airbnb and VRBO are great resources to find private cabins in close proximity to the resort.
Mt. Hood Skibowl has a selection of dining options to turn to when you get hungry. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, and fresh-baked pastries at High Mountain Cafe. Look out for Starlight Lodge if you are craving soup, burgers or deli sandwiches. Ride the ski lift up to mid-mountain to warm up by the beautiful stone fireplace at The Warming Hut. Enjoy German-style eats like traditional goulash while sipping on a pint of a Pilsner. Savor juicy burgers and crispy fries at the convenient slope-side restaurant, 70 Meters Bar & Grill. At Outback Lodge, located at the base of Skibowl West, you can enjoy hot dogs and an assortment of soups. With hot chocolate and grilled sandwiches, Multorpor Cafe, located at the base of Skibowl East, is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Three airports service the Mt. Hood Skibowl area: Portland International Airport, about an hour drive from the resort; and Ken Jernstedt Airfield and Troutdale Airport, both located over two hours from the ski area. You will want to consider renting a car or arranging a car service to get to the mountain. Once you get to the ski area the Skibowl Shuttle and The Mountain Express can take you around the area.
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