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post #31 of 39

I grew up skiing in New England, and I've skied in Wisconsin, Washington, California, Colorado and Utah.

For the last 30 years, I've lived in Oregon.

And I've skied Ski Bowl, Timberline, Meadows and Bachelor.

 

The comments above are all true.

Mt. Hood is above New England, but below the Rockies for snow quality.

As far as quantity, the PNW gets more snow than anyplace in the country save AK.

Generally the "cascade cement" misnomer is true, because of the maritime flow.

But.

We can get amazing powder dumps that compare to anything in the Rockies.

Of course, two days later a warm front comes in and it rains.

You just have to pick your spots, and if you can ski midweek, you will have empty slopes.

 

The drive to Meadows from HR is cake: quiet, peaceful and absent of traffic jams except for Christmas vacation.

I often drive that way from PDX just to avoid the traffic.

There is terrific XC and backcountry skiing on the Meadows side of Mt. Hood.

 

You will love Hood River!

 

post #32 of 39
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Wait, I just caught this. You're saying that Meadows has the best terrain in all of OR?

 

i would say so, yes.  not the best overall ski area, that goes to bachelor. (but bachelor is relatively flat)

post #33 of 39

Mt. Hood is great. You have a great variety to choose from with several ski areas there. Mt. Hood Ski Bowl blew my mind with it's night skiing. Apparently, it's the largest night skiing area in North America. Skiing fresh pow during a heavy snowfall down a brightly lit bowl near midnight is by and far one of the best, most magical ski memories of mine.

 

One of my biggest issues that keeps me from skiing is simply time. By the time I'm out of work, everything shuts down. Not an issue at the Ski Bowl. Their operating hours are the best ever!

 

Don't let anyone try and dissuade you from Mt. Hood. It's a great place, Hood River's a freaking great town, and I'd be willing to move there in a heartbeat if work wanted me there.

post #34 of 39
Mt Hood is a far cry from UT, CO or CA resorts, but better than east coast. Meadows has good terrain, but gets skied out quick. Ski Bowl has best expert terrain and fewest people and best hours. Timberline is for park and summer (no steeps). Best of all, Hood is by Portland, a very cool city to live and work in.
post #35 of 39
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Mt Hood is a far cry from UT, CO or CA resorts, but better than east coast. Meadows has good terrain, but gets skied out quick. Ski Bowl has best expert terrain and fewest people and best hours. Timberline is for park and summer (no steeps). Best of all, Hood is by Portland, a very cool city to live and work in.


Seems like opinions vary to a fairly large degree. Some make it sound like Hood is sort of one notch below the Rockies while others use terms like "far cry". I suppose it's all personal perspective.

 

I need to get out there and ski it myself to see.

post #36 of 39

 

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I need to get out there and ski it myself to see.

 

Yup.  Opinions are going to vary based on personal priorities and preferences.  Oh, and as has already been said multiple times in this thread, Hood River is a fantastic town (but I saw someone call it 25 minutes from Hood, it's really more like 40).

 

post #37 of 39
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Yup.  Opinions are going to vary based on personal priorities and preferences.  Oh, and as has already been said multiple times in this thread, Hood River is a fantastic town (but I saw someone call it 25 minutes from Hood, it's really more like 40).

 



Yeah, Hood River is wonderful. That's why we're targeting it for a move. We visited HR for the 4th time this past year, and like it more each time.

 

I can't get enough of the Deschutes, either.

post #38 of 39

We don't regret for a minute that we moved to PDX. Hood River is great place to hang out and Full Sail Brewery is our favorite one.

 

We like skiing at Meadows, the place is awesome and has terrain for skiers of all abilities.

It might not have the best snow quality compared to the CO/UT etc. but it is 3600 skiable with ~2800ft vertical within 1.5h from the metro area. 

And the season is going up to the Labor day (if you wish so), but we usually cut it short in May :)

 

Come to Hood, try skiing there yourself. Don't forget to order Hogsback Oatmeal Stout from Gov't Camp!

 

Vlad

post #39 of 39
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You're referring mostly to Bachelor though, correct? Is the whole "cascade cement" thing at Hood overdone, or does the snow quality at Hood differ considerably from the other OR and WA resorts?

 

 

 


Anything on the east side of the Cascades (White Pass, Mission Ridge) will have less moisture content as a general rule of thumb, but again, less quantity. Other than that, it's like anywhere else. Depends on temp, sun exposure, etc.... and all the other general rules for a maritime snowpack.

 

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