When ski season begins, take your family or friends on an unforgettable ski trip in mountain-studded Oregon. From the eastern Oregon peaks to the central region’s Cascade Range, this Pacific Northwestern state offers a host of breathtaking ski resorts featuring slopes and runs for every skill level. Book a stay at an Oregon vacation rental for your upcoming ski getaway. Take a look at destinations in Oregon where you can shred the slopes from dawn until dusk.
1. Mt. Hood Meadows
Situated in Mt. Hood National Forest just 90 minutes from Portland, this sprawling ski area is a powder lover’s paradise with 430 inches of average annual snowfall. The 2,777-foot vertical rise draws every type of skier, but experienced thrill seekers choose Mt. Hood Meadows for its challenging runs such as the Super Bowl, a double black diamond. However, with 85 runs and 11 lifts scattered throughout the ski area, vacationers find something for every skill level. The wind-protected, sunny mountainside offers hours of comfortable riding or skiing, and the nine miles of Nordic trails are perfect for travelers who may want to take a break from the slopes and enjoy an afternoon of cross-country skiing. Nearby Hood River, Pine Grove and Odell offer plenty of vacation rentals for your Mt. Hood Meadows vacation.
2. Mt. Bachelor
Mt. Bachelor invites off-season skiers and riders to enjoy one of the longest seasons in the region, normally running from November until May. With a summit of 9,065 feet, it also boasts the highest skiable elevation in both Oregon and Washington, and its 4,300 acres make it one of the biggest ski areas in the country. This treasured ski area in the Cascade Range rests just 22 miles from the city of Bend and offers easy access from your cabin vacation rental in Sisters or Three Rivers. The light, airy powder greets you when you step on the mountain, and the ability to ski 360-degrees from the summit appeals to everyone who comes to sample Mt. Bachelor’s more than 100 runs. This alpine resort is also a family-friendly destination, featuring easy slopes down from Carousel, the beginner lift.
3. Timberline Lodge
If you’re itching to hit the slopes in July, find your vacation rental in Mt. Hood Village or Hood River to visit Timberline Lodge, the only ski area in the nation that’s open year-round. While it only boasts 40 runs, this Mt. Hood ski resort entices powder lovers with its long vertical drop of 3,690 feet. The Palmer Express high-speed quad lift carries skiers and riders during the spring and summer, and the terrain parks with pipes, bumps, and jumps is also open during the warmer months. After a day on the slopes, have a bite to eat at Timberline Lodge. Just be aware it’s normally only accessible via a snow tunnel during the winter months.
4. Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort
For vacationers who seek a more laid-back, family-friendly ski resort, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is a vacation destination known for its intimate setting. Situated in eastern Oregon, the ski area is located 22 miles from Baker City, but you can also find rustic vacation rentals in nearby La Grande or the mountain town Cabell City. The mountain resort features 20 runs as well as the highest base elevation in Oregon, which rests at 7,100 feet. Skiers can reach various the runs via the wonder carpet, handle tow, or triple chairlift. Travelers can also take advantage of around 15 miles of groomed Nordic trails that snake through the mountain wilderness.
5. Willamette Pass
Tucked away in the Cascade Range of central Oregon, Willamette Pass boasts 29 runs, including 11 advanced alpine runs for higher skill levels. Experienced skiers also flock here for the 52-degree R.T.S., an adrenaline-pumping speed run, as well as the tree-dotted back-country ski terrain hidden just outside the resort. Willamette Pass has also garnered fame for its 2-mile Kaleidoscope/Perseverance run as well as the Eagle Peak Accelerator, the only high-speed six-pack lift in the state. After a day of skiing, warm up by the fire at your vacation rental in nearby La Pine, Three Rivers, or Bend. The resort is conveniently located just over an hour’s drive from Eugene.
6. Hoodoo Ski Area
Located on the volcanic cinder cone Hoodoo Butte, this top resort in the Cascade Range lies just an hour and 40 minutes from Salem and the same distance from Eugene. Challenging powder skiing welcomes experienced skiers on the mountain’s backside, and groomed runs for all levels grace the frontside, including isolated beginner runs from the Easy Rider lift. Families love Hoodoo for its Autobahn Tube Hill, which boasts a handle tow and 800-foot runs for an exciting afternoon of tubing. You can also try your hand at snow biking with a half-hour lesson on the mountain. For nearby lodging, check out the towns of Black Butte Ranch and Sisters that lie just down the road with a rustic vibe all their own.
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