Overview of Oregon
Written by Greg and Heather Burke • Last updated Sep 21, 2017
Oregon may not be on everyone's must ski list- but that's a good thing. The US Ski team train here in the summer if they're not in Chile, - that's a clue about Oregon's long ski season which involves copious snow and glaciers. Oregon has high elevation mountains like Mount Hood and Mount Bachelor. These impressive ski mountains are off the beaten path, but easy to get to from Portland and Redmond airports. Most of Oregon's ski mountains in the Cascades are volcanic, dormant or inactive but stunning conical peaks covered in snow much of the year.
Mt Bachelor is the biggest skiing in the Pacific North West with the highest ski summit in Oregon of 9,065'. Bachelor skis like a big snow cone, you can ski of all sides of the spectacular summit. Bachelor has over 3,700 acres of terrain from natural bowls to beautiful groomed blues and greens below the conical peak. Located in the beautiful Deschutes National Forest, Bachelor is beautiful, unspoiled and uncrowded. The Pine Marten Lodge at mid-mountain is a great ski lunch spot with splendid scenery of the Three Sister and Broken Top caldera. Bachelor has no slopeside lodging since it's within a National Park, so the best lodging is in Bend - at The Oxford Hotel, or the resort community of Sunriver Resort, both under a half hour away. Staying in the outdoorsy town of Bend, the people are the real deal – healthy, mountain loving, beer brewing, ski enthusiasts. Bend is home to lots of cafes, breweries, and happy Benders usually toting ski racks, bike racks, dogs and golf clubs in the car – all at once. While visiting Bachelor, take time to snowmobile or tour a brewery to get a real feel for Oregon
Oregon's Mt Hood has a big reputation among the best skiers, for racer training year round, for its towering peak and for hosting three separate ski areas on its mighty mountain flanks. Mt Hood Meadows is the largest with 7,300' elevation and 2,150 acres, 11 lifts and 85 runs, while Timberline has the highest ski lifts on Mt Hood at 8,540' and a 3,590' vertical drop, 1,000 acres, 41 runs served by 7 lifts. Mt Hood Skibowl is lower elevation at 5,027' with 1,500' vertical and 960 acres but boasts the most night skiing in Oregon on half of its 65 runs served by 4 lifts.
The coolest place to stay at Mt Hood is the historic Timberline Lodge built in 1937 by Roosevelt's WPA, you are surrounded by magnificent timber construction and perfectly situated by the slopes, ready to ski Mt Hood’s glacier or drive to nearby Mount Hood Meadows or Skibowl. Mt Hood is glacier skiing, offering great snow conditions into the early summer months so you can be sure there will be plenty of snow and fabulous views in the winter months.