The Best Skiing on Mount Hood this Winter

The season for skiing on Mount Hood is just around the corner! This picturesque and iconic peak draws Alpine skiers, cross-country skiers, and snowboarders from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In fact, Mount Hood is the highest peak in Oregon and boasts several ski resorts that offer a variety of terrain for all skill levels, and it doesn’t hurt that Mount Hood accumulates an impressive yearly average of more than 250 inches of snow annually.

There are three top-rated ski resorts for the best skiing on Mount Hood: Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood Meadows, and Mount Hood Skibowl. All are known for having easy-to-challenging trails, fresh powder, and a chill atmosphere. The mountain’s diverse terrain includes groomed runs, moguls, glades, and challenging backcountry routes for those seeking a more adventurous experience.

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at skiing on Mount Hood, get your lift tickets for the 2023/2024 season! First, you’ll want to secure your lodging at our Hood River Bed and Breakfast, a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. Included in our long list of amenities at our Inn, we understand that winter recreation comes along with extra gear, so we have ample storage on-site at the Inn as a solution. Start planning and book your lodging today! 

Skiing on Mount Hood

Head to These Resorts for Skiing on Mount Hood

Skiing on Mount Hood is one of the most popular pastimes in the Northwest, located only 50 miles from Portland and 35 miles from Hood River. The ski areas range from larger destination resorts to smaller, charming choices geared toward family-friendly activities. Mount Hood is home to several ski resorts, each with its own unique features and terrain; here are our top three: 

Timberline Lodge: 

Timberline is the only ski resort in North America that is open ten months out of the year. This ski area is also known for its 4,540 vertical feet—more than any other resort in the US. You’ll find a wide range of skiing and snowboarding terrain, including beginner slopes, challenging groomed runs, and access to the backcountry routes. Timberline is famous for its historic lodge, built during the Great Depression, and is a National Historic Landmark. For snowboard enthusiasts, there’s an impressive collection of terrain parks with multiple choices for freestyle runs. Get your 2023/2024 lift tickets here

Mt. Hood Meadows:

As the largest ski resort on Mt. Hood and with a reputation for having some of the best powder on the mountain, Mount Hood Meadows hosts the most skiers and snowboarders each winter. You’ll find 2,150 acres, 11 lifts, and 87 trails—the longest ski run is three miles. They also offer 140 acres for night skiing, a popular and thrilling pastime! They have one of the Northwest’s most advanced fleets of grooming machines, ensuring surface conditions are pristine. This equipment and creative designers make for some of the best skiing on Mount Hood. There are also six terrain parks, including an in-ground half-pipe. Get your 2023/2024 season passes here

Mount Hood Skibowl: 

Mt. Hood Skibowl has 960 acres of skiable terrain and is known for its night skiing and snow tubing. It’s an excellent place for families and those looking for a more laid-back skiing experience—though thrill seekers will also feel right at home skiing on Mount Hood here. They also offer unique snowmobiling tours, a fantastic way to see the snowy terrain and feel the crisp wind on your face. For more information and ski passes, head here

Skiing on Mount Hood, photo of the garden suite at our hood river bed and breakfast

A Winter Getaway at our Hood River Bed and Breakfast

For those ready to hit the slopes skiing on Mount Hood, our Hood River Bed and Breakfast is the best place to retreat after an exhilarating day on the mountain. We’re ideally located near the downtown area where all of the best restaurants, breweries, and urban wine tasting rooms are within a quick e-bike ride (we have great e-bikes to rent!) or a leisurely walk. While we’re close to everything, our Inn is also set back off the beaten path for a relaxing and private getaway this winter. 

The Garden Suite, pictured above, is such a fantastic choice for a small family or group traveling together—this suite sleeps up to five guests. The windows look out over the garden for peaceful mornings. The en suite bathroom has a classic, deep claw foot tub, perfect for apres ski soaks. This room also has a kitchen, ideal for those longer extended stays. 

Join us each morning of your stay for a seasonal and home-cooked breakfast in our dining room. Our warm and welcoming staff and Innkeepers offer the finest level of hospitality. This is a great time to learn about the best things to do in Hood River and fuel up before heading out for skiing on Mount Hood. We can’t wait to host you; book your lodging today! 

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