It’s almost winter on Mt Hood, which means that magical time of year is near: sledding and tubing! A fun and easy way to hit the slopes minus the lift tickets, extra gear and lessons, shooting down a snow-covered hill atop a slippery contraption is a time-honored tradition. Whether you have a tube, sled, toboggan, or disc, Mt Hood is the place to go for snowy adventures! We’ve rounded up some of the best places on the mountain for a quick escape from Portland. Read on for more!
photo: us forest service
Before You Go
You’ll want to get a Sno-Park Permit for most places on the slopes, and be sure to check the road conditions on the way up for the best shot at a fun time. Even when it’s rainy and mild in Portland, Mt Hood can be a true winter beast just an hour away. Bring your tire chains along with cold weather gear, plenty of food and water and anything else you might want for a day in the cold. Plan carefully: some slopes require tickets and gear rental on-site (no personal equipment allowed), while others have limited amenities and provide just the snow!
Possibly Mt Hood’s most popular winter destination for Portlanders looking for snow adventures, Skibowl offers plenty to entertain. For tubing fun, skip the lift ticket and ride the conveyor belt up to the top, then zoom down the groomed slopes on specially designed tubes! Your tubing ticket will also get you into the Winter Adventure Park with even more fun, and the very littlest can still have a blast at Frosty’s Playland, an indoor obstacle and play course. Kids 3 and up can have a blast tubing, and the adrenaline-seekers can challenge the family to the Extreme Tube Hill. For an extra fun time take a nighttime excursion for Cosmic Tubing–600,000 LEDs light the slopes along with black lights, music and even occasional fireworks!
$20-$25/person for 2 hour tubing, other deals and packages available online
Mt Hood Skibowl
87000 U.S. 26
Government Camp, OR
The second oldest continuously operating ski area in the US, Summit’s been going strong since 1927! With an all-day pass to the dedicated tubing hill, your family can have a thrilling time. Snow Bunny is a short drive east of Summit and also offers tubing on weekends and holidays. A little smaller, Snow Bunny is great for younger kids, while bigger hills can be found at Summit. Call ahead for conditions and openings.
$26/person for all-day tubing
90255 Government Camp Loop
Hwy. 26 at Government Camp
photo: Mt. Hood Territory via flickr
When you want to tag tubing onto a day at the lodge, head to Cooper Spur. In addition to 50 acres of skiing runs and a a cozy lodge, the resort also has a tubing park for all and a Children’s Snow Carousel for kids under 42″. Alternate tube runs with steamy hot cocoa from the lodge, or even strike out on a snowshoeing adventure! A relaxed resort, Cooper Spur is a little quieter than the busy
This hill tucked between Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline is a free-for-all! As in, it’s free and unregulated, with no set tube routes or grooming. Bring your own gear and prepare to have some wild fun!
Free, Sno Park Pass required
Oregon Highway 35 approximately 4 miles north of US Highway 26.
photo: usfs via flickr
It’s a little farther away, but you’ll be rewarded with a pristine and wild DIY sledding spot. It’s another free, bring-your-own-gear spot. No conveyor belts here– you’ll have to hike to the top the old fashioned way! But it’s almost more fun that way, isn’t it? For safety, only tubes and discs are allowed here- no sleds, toboggans, or skis.
Free, Sno Park Pass required
30 miles south of Hood River on Oregon Highway 35
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