Timberline Ski Area in Mt. Hood, Oregon, has the longest ski season in North America, allowing powder hounds access to snowy slopes long after other resorts have closed their lifts for the summer.
A bucket-list destination for many skiers, Timberline sits atop an 11,245-foot volcano. With a vertical drop of a whopping 3,690 feet, not to mention 1,430 acres of skiable terrain, Timberline pleases the beginner and expert level skiers.
While standard ski lessons are held during the winter months, Timberline also offers a special freestyle and race snow camp in the summer. More experienced riders can show off their skills at one of the multiple terrain parks at Timberline. As the summer rolls around the Timberline’s Pro Park opens for elite-level skiers, occupying a 22-foot half pipe, a 60-foot jump, and a pro-level rail line.
Timberline’s winter season usually begins in early November and lasts all the way to June. While the mountain is getting snow all throughout the year, Timberline receives the most snow during December and January. With all that skiing, consider buying a fusion pass which provides unlimited skiing and riding at both Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl , another resort just 15 minutes away.
With ski-in/ski-out access, six on-site restaurants and an outdoor pool, Timberline Lodge , the main accommodation at resort, provides a cozy place to hang your hat after a day on the slopes. Another lodging option on the mountain is Silcox Hut , a historic and charming bed and breakfast where nightly rates include breakfast, dinner, and transportation to and from the slopes. If you are traveling with a group and you need more space, just six miles from the ski area are luxurious condominiums at The Lodge at Government Camp featuring fully-equipped kitchens and multiple bedrooms.
You will not go hungry at Timberline, where restaurants serve more than the standard, cafeteria-style burgers and hot dogs. The Cascade Dining Room dishes up farm-to-table fare like Alaskan halibut and squash salad, while Ram’s Head Bar & Restaurant’s menu includes butternut squash soup and lamb shank. For breakfast burritos and kimchi fries, make your way to WY’East Cafe in the WY’East Day Lodge. Tucked behind the main lobby of the resort is Blue Ox Bar where you can enjoy signature cocktails and hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, or munch on street tacos at Phlox Point Cabin, which offers ski-in/ski-out service. Just a few miles from the mountain, look out for Mt. Hood Brewing Co. to enjoy schnitzel sandwiches, poutine fries, and house-brewed beers.
Getting to Timberline is easy with the Portland International Airport just 45 minutes away. And, with the resorts complimentary shuttle service for season pass holders, getting around the ski area is easy. You can also book Aspen Limos and Tours to shuttle you to and from the airport.
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