Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Parkdale

#6 of 8 in Winter Sports in Oregon
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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  • Went there for an afternoon / evening of skiing on Super Sunday, which was great - the place was nearly empty. It was a really great outing, but I do need to give them "just" four stars. I'll take a h...  more »
  • The staff is very helpful and very friendly. Also, a very user friendly locker room to change into your ski clothes.  more »
  • As with most ski areas, the skiing is completely dependent on the weather. Last year was great with an abundance of snow. This year less snow thus far into the season but conditions were pretty good t...  more »
  • We went here for their New Year's Eve party package and enjoyed night snowboarding from 3pm-midnight! It was quite crowded and busy, but we managed to find a run we liked that was nearly desolate, which was super nice. They had a lift that had a conveyor belt before you sit on the lift chairs, which was really strange. The ballroom carpet was adorable too, it's a complete conveyor belt for beginners, but we didn't go on that. The buffet was delicious, my roommate received a giant slice of prime rib! I swear it was the size of their arm, haha! I really enjoyed the shrimp cocktail and the little rice wrapped in banana leaf. The dessert wasn't as extravagant as I remember, but the rest of the evening was great. They shoot off fireworks around 10pm and you can watch them as you ride down the mountain or just take a pause in the snow anywhere you can get a nice view! Would probably go again, just wished it wasn't so crowded.
  • Meadows was the first place I ever did any snow recreation, and it definitely made it fun, enjoyable and memorable! They had a great beginner package with incredibly nice and knowledgeable employees to assist me. I took lessons as well, and my instructor Colin Wilson was really patient and great! I loved it and am already planning my next trip to the mountain.
  • Mt Hood Meadows is so much more then just a ski area it's a place to create some of the greatest memories you will ever have with family and friends. Add to that the incredible customer service that they provide their guests and the most varied ski terrain in Oregon and you have a world class resort only 60 miles from Portland! With multiple dining areas at the base and on the mountain you can find just the right food for your snow filled excursion.
  • Update: After my first review about the bad experience with ski lesson, the ski school manager (Mark) contacted me and offered a private lesson to make up for the first time. Wonderful costumer service and great management. Old post: Beautiful resort, but they bumped up the prices a lot this year and lowered the quality of the services. After paying so much for the lessons and rentals we ended up being in a big group of people so the instructor didn't have time to actually tech you any techniques by supervising you directly. The instructor himself (John) was not good at teaching either and the huge group made it even worse. If you have your own equipment and know how to ski you'll probably enjoy this place, although the passes are a little too expensive. If you're a beginner be aware that the quality of their teaching lessons has lowered and the price has increased.
  • Decent early season conditions, well-stocked gear shops. Good food in the restaurants. Big demerit for doubling the cost of a hot wax, now $40!
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