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Timberline Lodge



Several different room types in historic Timberline Lodge. Guest services vary by room type. 4  $135-$320

Best Western Mount Hood Inn

87450 Government Camp Loop Highway, Government Camp, OR 97028
(503) 272-3205
Rooms have 32-inch flat screen televisions, DVD players, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, and hairdryers, pet and family friendly,  continental breakfast 5
  Rooms starting at $87, varies according to peak demand, check availability
Collins Lake Resort

88149 East Creek Ridge Road, Government Camp, OR

(503) 272-3051

Each Chalet has two to three bedrooms, two and a half baths, a well equipped gas kitchen and an open great room with a stone fireplace.


Grand Lodges offer 1800-2300 square foot living spaces and first-class finishes, ranging from two to three bedrooms, they exude luxury living. Beautiful master suites offer expansive bathrooms, walk-in closets and second fireplaces in most plans.

10  Chalets starting at $310 for the minimum 2 night stay

In Government Camp:

The Ratskeller

88335 E Government Camp Loop,

Government Camp, OR

(503) 272-3635

Pizzeria and Tavern. An institution among locals.

88462 Government Camp Loop,

Government Camp, OR

(503) 272-3333


Also a Mt.Hood institution. Steaks salads and sandwiches. Full Bar. Live Music








A Good mountain for families with plenty of gentle terrain for beginners and intermediates.
A Better place to ride the lift and ski in August is not to be found in the Continental US.
The Best place to go swimming in winter at 6,000 feet elevation.



Located on the slopes of snow-capped Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge built by master craftsmen during the Great Depression. The Lodge is entirely handmade, from its massive hand-hewn beams to its hand-woven draperies. The Lodge is surrounded by over a thousand acres of skiable slopes offering a wide variety of alpine terrain. With snow covering its highest peaks well into the summer months, Timberline ski area has the longest ski season in North America. Timberline is a very interesting resort in skiing history. Some of North America's earliest downhillers took to the slopes here in the first years of the twentieth century. Timberline offers the only summer glacier skiing in the United States, on the slopes of Mount Hood, and was also the location of the country's second ever chairlift, built in the late 1930s.

Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Other1 Passenger Snowcat
Lifts-Total number of lifts
Lifts-Total lift capacity9869/hr
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park5
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds1415 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Palmer snowfield (and snowcat!)

Cons: Lower mountain just ordinary

So, my sons and I took the plunge and drove the extra hour or so to ski Timberline a little over a year ago.  Yes, it was the epic snow year.  No, it wasn't quite epic conditions.  Unfortunatley (and this isn't the resort's fault!) we had had a thaw-freeze cycle with no fresh snow, so the lower mountain was strictly groomers-only.  I mean hurt-yourself kind of stuff between runs.  So having to stay on the groomers with everyone else made for a trying day given it was Christmas break.  After lunch we ventured higher to see if the stuff up there had avoided the thaw.  Nope.  We did, however, get to ride in the Palmer snowcat. (The snow gets so deep on Hood it buries the Palmer chair up to the cable wheels.  Once it gets too deep to keep plowing out, it closes, and your ticket gets you on the 'cat, if you're willing to wait!)  It carries something like 16 skiers, it's a 30-ish minute round trip for the 'cat, so if there's anyone at all waiting, well, do the math.  We just got into the 2nd group waiting, so it was something like 45 minutes, as the 'cat was almost to the top when we showed up.  You have to put your skis in your group's area in the queue, so no catching an extra run or three while a buddy holds your spot.  The view from the base of Palmer is already cool -- the view from the top is spectacular, both of the peak of Hood and the rest of the world spread out below.  Contrary to popular belief, we get some sunny days in Oregon in winter, and we could easily see to the Three Sisters / Mt Bachelor area about 100 miles away...  The route down was - again - groomed only, with death-ice boulders and crust everywhere else.  Groomed refrozen granular ice.  It was an amazing, quad-testing, white-knuckle trip down, as we built up scary speed almost immediately.  But the groomed area was wide (40m?) and obviously a max of 15 other skiers, so you can push yourself to your limits, whatever they may be.  I was happy to have a helmet on...


To top off the disappointing part of things, the single main highway back to Portland / I-205 was bumper-to-bumper for over an hour, even though we left a bit early.  I would go again, but I would carefully monitor for conditions -- fresh pow with the Palmer chair still operating would be amazing.  Otherwise, I much prefer Mt Bachelor's variety and snow quality, or Hoodoo's proximity.


Pros: Open almost all year long

Cons: flat terrain, no night life, isolated

Spent a week over thanksgiving at timberline training.  The conditions were pretty bad and they were not able to open more than 2 chairs at a time. The terrain in the lower mountain is VERY flat, not challenging and quite boring.
The view is great and food is good and reasonably priced.

I would not go there to ski in the winter, but I will be back in the summer.

Timberline is great for summer training/skiing and less than average for winter, especially considering that there is no real night life and to do anything else you have to drive a minimun of 40 minutes toward Portland.