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Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Parkdale

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Mount Hood Meadows is one of the largest ski resorts in the U.S. state of Oregon and the largest ski resort near Mount Hood. It is located about 67 miles (108 km) east of Portland, and 35 miles (56 km) from Hood River along Oregon Route 35. It has both Alpine and Nordic ski areas and offers night skiing, lessons and equipment rentals. There are no overnight accommodations at Mount Hood Meadows itself, but a number of hotels and motels nearby offer shuttle services to the resort.Alpine terrainChairliftsTrails 87 trails 2150acres skiable 15% green (beginner) 50% blue (intermediate) 20% black diamond (advanced) 15% double-black diamond (expert)Elevation Lowest point: 4523ft Main lodge: 5366ft Highest point : 7300ft Highest point : 9000ftNordic terrainTrails 9miHistoryIn 1964, Mount Hood National Forest announced that a feasibility study was underway for a new ski area on the east side of Mount Hood. A group of Hood River businessmen, incorporated as Hood River Meadows, Inc., had raised $3,500 to finance the study. The group included Jack L. Baldwin of Cooper Spur Ski Area, L. R. Steeves, Dr. J. Allan Henderson, and Roland B. Leavens, among others.
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  • OK, so conditions weren't ideal when I went -- windy and icy with persistent wet snow (i think they call it sleet) most of the day, making for challenging visibility at times - but the whole experienc...  more »
  • April 17th and it is still snowing and ski season up here :) as it is the end of the season and the middle of the week - we had the slopes almost all to ourselves. All of the Mt. hood ski areas are gr...  more »
  • We visited on the Friday of the 3 day weekend in February and were expecting slow lines and crowded slopes. The parking lot was full, but even at capacity we never had to wait for a chair. The prices ...  more »
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  • We went snowboarding and skiing here for the first time in a few years, what a beautiful place. Lines aren't bad, prices were fair, and the mountain is gorgeous. Staff around were friendly, we had a wonderful time.
  • Great ski area, pretty big and open till late. The lines weren't bad at all on a beautiful sunny Sunday. Easy access from Portland. Took the bus which is very convenient. There are lockers which can be accessed all day so I took some layers off midday cause it was warm. The food at the restaurant wasn't great but not bad either. The seating was limited at lunchtime. But overall excellent experience
  • The wife and I have been season pass holders for the past three years and this year (2017) has been an action packed season. The epic powder days and super sunny spring boarding made for a season I will never forget. Meadows/Timberline/Skibowl, see you next season!!!
  • Had some of the best riding of my life here, but I don't have a very high bar. God's Face and Private Reserve offer very steep trails with drops and snow that make the traverse, hikes well worth it. The rest of the mountain offers tight trees and very steep bowls as well. Definitely worth the trip if you are in Oregon.
  • This is a back to basics ski / snowboard resort as far as the lodge and "feel", but the slopes are great and have a large variety of runs including tree options all over the place. They get good snow and if there's been a dump, make sure your vehicle is prepped with snows / chains to make it up there even if raining in Portland. The main parking lot can fill up when conditions are excellent, but there are two other lots. The ski pass is a good deal. Food pretty good, and base lodge while pretty no-frills does have bathrooms on the same level as the snow entrance! That's rare. They also have excellent skier services, with a big jug of sunblock for guests. Ski check available, good lifts, attendants helping sort loading lines, there's a lot to like. You won't be alone if you bring a lunch, frequent skiers/boarders who train there on various teams bring all sorts of food. There's even a couple microwaves for guest use to assist with warm lunches. You'll need to pay attention to map and where you're going as its not hard to get off the intended route and end up on an adjacent lift. One time I took a route to a closed lift and had to shuttle back to main lodge. Also, cell coverage is spotty. Typically your phone will try max-power to reach out and connect, and plus cold will drain battery by 2pm or sooner. Make plans to meet instead of relying on cells, or use airplane mode to conserve juice. There's a small but happening bar / eats on mountain too, check that out. The beginner area is busy but good slope pitch.