Slide into Winter at These Tubing & Sledding Spots

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The outdoor fun doesn’t slow down when winter rolls around in Portland. Sledding and tubing is a great way for families with kids of all ages to enjoy the nearby winter wonderlands that are jut a short drive away. Grab your inner tube, sled, or snow disc and head to the slopes! Put on your warmest clothes, fill up your gas tank and get ready to slide because we’ve put together a list of all of the best places to ride.  Read on for more!

Cooper Spur Resort

For a great introduction to snow tubing, head to this resort for full-service fun. With a cozy lodge, and snow tubes included with your tubing ticket, the whole family can enjoy a full day of frolicking in the snow. Kids under 42” should try out the Children’s Snow Carousel, a merry-go-round that pulls children around in the snow, while taller kids can head out to the hills. When your crew is tuckered out, take a break in the lodge with a mug of hot cocoa! Be sure to leave personal sleds and snow discs behind– they aren’t allowed on the hills– and check the website for weather conditions that might temporarily close tubing lanes.

Sat. & Sun 9 a.m.- 5p.m.
10755 Cooper Spur Rd
Mount Hood, OR

Mt Hood, Skibowl

This is Portland’s favorite sledding destination, and for good reason. There’s a lot to love, with specially-designed tubes and well-groomed slopes. A conveyor lift makes the ride to the top of the hill almost as fun as the tube ride down. Plus, come back at night for Cosmic Tubing, where LED lights illuminate the slopes for even more downhill exhilaration.

This year all tubing reservations must be made online before you head to the slopes. Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes before your session.
$25-$35/person for 1.5 hour tubing, other deals and packages available online
Mt Hood Skibowl
87000 U.S. 26
Government Camp, OR

Mt Hood, Snow Bunny and Summit Ski Area

Since 1927, the Summit Ski area in Government Camp has been providing consistent, family-oriented fun for both beginning and more experienced winter-sport aficionados. Pick up an all-day pass for the dedicated tubing hill, which includes use of a snow-tube, and enjoy a full day of fun. Or, take a short drive east to Snow Bunny, which also offers tubing on weekends and holidays. It’s a little smaller than Summit so it’s a good option for younger kids. Call ahead for conditions.

$27/person for all-day tubing
Opening Dec 11 for Fri-Sun in Dec, Thu-Mon starting Jan 7
90255 Government Camp Loop
Hwy. 26 at Government Camp

White River Sno-Park

Pick a spot, any spot, on this unregulated hill between Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline, about a half mile uphill from the parking lot. It’s free and offers a variety of terrain, but be sure to choose a spot well away from the river, and watch for exposed rocks when snow is low. With beautiful views of Mt. Hood, it’s also a popular destination for snowshoeing. Get there early on snowy weekends to grab a parking spot.

Free, Sno Park Pass required. 
Oregon Highway 35 approximately 4 miles north of US Highway 26.

Little John  Sno-Park

A few extra miles down the road, this unregulated sledding spot is great for free, old-fashioned fun. Bring your own tube or disc (no sleds, toboggans, or skis, please,) and be prepared to trek back to the top once you’ve slid down one of many hills (there’s no conveyor lift here). But that’s part of the fun, right? To make sure the good times keep rolling for your gang, be sure to read safety information posted near the play hill, and consider bringing along helmets for kids under 12.

Free, Sno Park Pass required. There are no extra safety precautions taking place this year, but be wary of crowds and keep distance.
30 miles south of Hood River on Oregon Highway 35

Before You Go

Most places on the slopes require a Sno-Park Permit, available in daily, 3-day, and annual increments. Pick one up at your local DMV or at many Bi-Rite and outdoor stores. Check the road conditions before you head out: Mt Hood can get snowy an stormy very fast! Pack tire chains in addition to cold weather gear, food and water, and other comforts to keep you happy on a day in the cold. Also be aware that some locations require tickets and gear rental on-site (no personal equipment allowed), while other slopes just provide the snow!

—Annette Benedetti


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