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Mt. Hood Meadows Snowboard Area Profile

Oregon's Prized Resort


Photo credit: Evan-Lovely

Mt. Hood Meadows Resort Description:

Mt. Hood Meadows -- located in the Mt. Hood National Forest -- is one of the most unique ski and snowboard resorts in the nation. Although Meadows is located just a short 90-minute drive from Portland, when you arrive in the serenity of the national forest, you feel like you’re days away from the nearest city. Mt. Hood combines a big mountain feeling with a great climate. The southeast flank of Mt. Hood is the sunniest side of the mountain and is also shielded from the strong mountain winds you normally get at 7,300 feet.

Whether you’re looking for deep powder in Mt. Hood’s Heather Canyon, double-black diamond bowls at 9,000 ft, beginner terrain, or long cruising trails off of the Cascade Express, you’ll find it. Mt. Hood Meadows is world famous for its diversity of terrain suitable for all types of riders, and it’s an ideal place to test and advance your riding skills or simply learn the basics.

Mt. Hood Meadows encompasses 2,150 rideable acres for daytime visitors and 140 acres for those who enjoy the uncrowded appeal of night riding. With 85 runs, six high-speed quad lifts, five double chairlifts, and the longest run measuring roughly three miles, Mt. Hood Meadows is Oregon’s prized mountain.

Mt. Hood Meadows has some of the most progressive snowboard parks in the country. The 500-foot-long, 18-foot-tall superpipe is well maintained and The Zoo -- designed for easier park riding -- includes five boxes and three jumps ideal for practicing jibs and airs. The Fireweed Park features three jumps, a butter pad, a propane tank, a hip and a Nike Cross Bow, creating unique park-riding experience -- and it’s even open at night.

Mt. Hood Meadows’ most famed park of all -- the Spring Park -- was designed with the aid of Snow Park Technologies and is said to be one of most progressive parks in the nation. The park -- open only in April and May -- has well over 30 features including a wide variety of jumps, boxes, ledges, bonks, picnic tables, propane tanks, and walls in a long fluid course that can be ridden thousands of different ways.

Mt. Hood Meadows is also home to legendary summer ski and snowboard camps on Palmer Glacier.

Mt. Hood Meadows Resort Location/Directions:

Mt. Hood Meadows is conveniently located just 67 miles from Portland at 14040 Highway 35.

From Portland, take Highway 26 East to Government Camp, then Highway 35 North (for 10 additional miles) to Mt. Hood Meadows.

For an easier drive with less traffic, drivers can take Interstate 84 to exit 64 in Hood River, then Highway 35 another 35 miles to Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows Resort Statistics:

  • Trails: 85

  • Beginner Terrain: 15%

  • Intermediate Terrain: 50%

  • Expert Terrain: 35%

  • Longest Run: 3 miles (4.8 kilometers)

  • Lifts: 11

  • Uphill Capacity:

  • Rideable Acreage: 2,150

  • Snowmaking Coverage:

  • Summit Elevation: 7,300 feet (2225 meters)

  • Base Elevation: 4,522 feet (1378 meters)

  • Vertical Drop: 2777 feet (846 meters)

  • Superpipe: Yes

  • Terrain Parks: 6

  • Annual Snowfall: 430 inches (1092 centimeters)

  • Night Riding: Yes

Mt. Hood Meadows Lift Tickets:

Day tickets, multi-day tickets and season passes can be purchased or renewed online at Mt. Hood Meadows online store. Discount tickets can often be purchased through Liftopia.

Mt. Hood Meadows Area Accommodations:

Visitors to the Mt. Hood area can receive discounted lift tickets for staying at one of Hood River or Mt. Hood’s lodging establishments, and there are a wide variety of accommodations available. Call the Meadows Lodging Referral Service at 800-SKI-HOOD for more information on lodging and ski packages.

Mt. Hood Meadows Dining Options:

The Mt. Hood Meadows Resort offers nine diverse dining establishments offering dishes ranging from soups and sandwiches at the Fresh Tracks Deli to beer and bar food at the Vertical Restaurant and Sports Bar to upscale sit-down dining at the Alpenstube Restaurant.

Mt. Hood Meadows Lessons and Day Care:

Mt. Hood Meadows offers professional ski and snowboarding instruction in all types of terrain for all types of riders. With everything from freestyle coaching to private lessons, weekly group coaching sessions and college programs, there will be a class to help you improve your riding.

Ski and ride with the confidence that your little ones are being cared for by professionals at the Mt. Hood Meadows Day Care Center. The state-certified day care facilities at Mt. Hood Meadows are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday with full- and half-day options. For more information or reservations call 503-337-2222.

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