It’s aiming to be a snowy season La Nina season this winter, promising some big powder for the mountain. It’s time to check out Portland ski resorts! Finding incredible places to go skiing near Portland, Oregon is easy to do as our city boasts a few of the best ski areas within a short drive, and they make the perfect place to spend a fun day on the mountain. This year things are a little different, but you can still carry on a family tradition, or try out some new skills on the slopes. Grab the kids, grab your Sno-Park pass, and enjoy epic adventure PNW-style. Find out where you can purchase tickets, rent gear, and more below: read on for all the details on ski resorts near Portland!
Editor’s Note: Please note that this information is correct as far as we know as of the date of publication. Please contact facilities prior to making plans to confirm hours and COVID-Safety requirements. Always wear a mask, socially distance and stay safe.
Mt. Hood Meadows
Driving distance from Portland: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Meadows offers varied terrain that challenges all skier levels on over 2,150 square acres from Heather Canyon to South Canyon, and from Buttercup to Show Off, there’s something for everyone. For children between the ages of four and fourteen, camps, lessons, and clubs are available. This year, Meadows is taking extra precautions for safety. Be aware that you’ll want to purchase your lift ticket online in advance (or have a season pass) and bring a face mask to wear (required in the lift lines, on the chair lift, and at the top). They also have extra spacing between lines at the lifts-- check the website for more details on how things will work. Most of all, bring some extra patience and get ready for fun!
Mt. Hood Skibowl
Driving distance from Portland: 1 hour, 10 minutes
With thirty-four lifts, 1500 feet of vertical drop, and sixty-five runs, there are hours of fun to be had at Skibowl. There are more black diamond runs than at any other ski resort in the state and two fully lit runs. For younger skiers, there are kiddie snowmobiles, a kiddie carousel, Frosty’s Playground, and an indoor play area. They’re making every effort to remain open for fun this year, but remember that many operations might be affected, so be patient and flexible. Check online and buy any tickets or passes ahead of time, be prepared to wear a mask, and know that food and beverage offerings will be limited. With an advance reservation system, you can still expect to have fun skiing, tubing, or adventuring!
Driving distance from Portland: 1 hour, 7 minutes
Escape the speed demon crowds, and enjoy downhill’s quieter winter kin—cross country skiing. Enjoy twenty kilometers (12 miles) of groomed trails, relative solitude, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood once you pass frozen and snow-covered Teacup Lake.There are groomed tracks and a skating lane. Teacup’s pristine trails stay that way because dogs and snow shoes are not allowed, and a friendly emphasis on a particular standard of trail etiquette. Most of their operations will continue as usual this year, with a mandate to wear a mask and keep physical distance-- check the website for further details and driving directions.
Online: Teacup Lake
Tips for Skiing with Kids
Expect shorter skiing days and take plenty of the right kind of gear, as well as plenty of snacks and water. Children’s growth spurts make buying a little frustrating financially, so renting is a great option. The one piece of gear to purchase, though, is a good helmet. Here are a couple of ski shop outfitters. Note: It’s always a good idea to check weather and road conditions at the link to Oregon’s Road and Weather Conditions at Trip Check.
The Mountain Shop offers a wide array of outdoor gear, including skis and ski rentals for everyone in the family. Staff are friendly and know their gear and want you to have a great day outside whether you’re snowboarding or splitboarding, cross country skiing, skate skiing or telemarking, or alpine skiing or touring, they’ll be able to help. They have a repair shop, too. Check the website for rental prices.
Online: The Mountain Shop
Next Adventure offers outdoor gear to purchase, rental equipment for outdoor pursuits, and a variety of classes from showshoe tours to cross country day trips to wilderness first aid. Check the website for rental prices and the repair shop, class schedules and costs, and to shop online. Curbside pickup is available, and limited inside shopping.
Online: Next Adventure
Have fun out there this winter!