Where To Go Tubing and Sledding in the Portland Area

Your family doesn’t have to be ski-bunnies to have fun in the snow this year! Portland families are lucky enough to have the mountains close-by – less than two-hours away, in most cases – making a sledding or tubing day-trip the perfect wintertime activity! Going sledding can be as easy as stopping where you see a great slope and some fresh powder, but in case you’re looking for a more organized tubing and sledding experience, check out these suggestions.

Tubing Center Cooper Spur Mountain Resort
Travel time: Just under two-hours from Portland.

Cost: $10 per person for either morning or afternoon tubing.

Gear: They provide the tubes – no personal devices allowed.

Fun details: Check out a fun day of tubing at Cooper Spur, a super-family friendly resort near Mt. Hood. They not only have an easy to use rope lift to take you to the top of the slope, but a fun carousel-style ride that little tubers will think is a blast!

Little John Sno-Park
Travel time: Just under two-hours from Portland.

Cost: There’s no fee to play in the snow, but your car will need a parking pass, which costs about $3. Check out this website for details on where to pick one up.

Gear: Bring your own tube or inflatable snow device – no hard-edged sleds allowed.

Fun details: The best of the undeveloped, DIY sledding spots near Portland, Little John is a great option for families who have their own tubes and want to do their own thing in the snow. Don’t expect much order and organization at Little John, but do expect to have a lot of fun!

Ski Bowl at Mt. Hood
Travel time: Just over one-hour from Portland.

Cost: $25 if you are over 48-inches tall, $20 if you are over three-years-old, but under 48-inches tall, other activities may include fees as well. See their detailed pricing list online and beware that tickets are only sold on the hour.

Gear: All tubes are provided.

Fun details: It’s hard to deny – a day tubing at the Ski Bowl is really fun! Parents will love it here because it is very safe and organized to prevent accidents – they have special areas for kids under the age of three and even an indoor play area to warm up frozen little toes. Besides tubing (and their awesome conveyor belt lift that takes you to the top of the hill!), there is a tubing carousel for little ones and even mini-snow mobiles!

Snow Bunny and Summit Ski Area
Travel time: Just over one-hour from Portland.

Cost: $20 for an all-day pass and tube rental at Summit and $15 for an all-day pass and tube rental at Snow Bunny.

Gear: All tubes and devices are provided.

Fun details: Two fun tubing spots in one! Summit and Snow Bunny are right next door to each other and both offer specific areas for little ones to tube safely, letting older kids, extreme-seeking teenagers and adults to the bigger hills (or you can take them with you on those hills for some big fun!). We also love that both locations have easily accessible bathrooms right at the hill.

Don’t forget to bring more food and water than you expect you’ll need, a change of clothes for the entire family for a dry ride home and all your cold-weather gear – even some spare mittens and hats in case you lose one on the hill!

And, if you are tubing or sledding with your children, please take extra caution to make sure that the direction they’re heading in their tube or sled is safe and that they aren’t going to accidentally end up near a parking lot, street, or in the path of a fast-moving snowmobile.

– Katie Kavulla