Hit the Slopes at These Family Ski Spots

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Winter is upon us, which means it’s time to hit the slopes! Finding incredible places to go skiing near Portland, Oregon is easy with a few of the best ski areas within a short drive. 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!

photo: Mt Hood Meadows

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. You can purchase your lift ticket or season pass online in advance. Check the website for more details and get ready for fun!

Mt. Hood Meadows
14040 Hwy. 35
Mt. Hood, OR
503-337-2222
Online: skihood.com

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.  You can buy tickets and passes ahead online, and food and beverage will be available. Get ready to have fun skiing, tubing, and adventuring!

Mt. Hood Skibowl
87000 U.S. 26
Government Camp, OR
503-272-3206
Online: Mt. Hood Skibowl
Covid Info: www.skibowl.com/

Teacup Lake

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. 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

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

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. 

Online: Next Adventure

Have fun out there this winter!

—Annette Benedetti

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