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Has anybody skied mount hood late season?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

I have the option to go out to oregon and skis Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, and possibly Mount Bachelor in early April.

Has anybody taken this trip before? I just want to know about conditions that time of year, crowds, and nightlife.  My dates and location are pretty limited. Any input would be appreciated.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 6

was at Mt Hood Meadows  for a couple of days early April last season. First or second weekend, can't remember which at the moment. Snow was great, plenty of it, etc... Wasn't crowded. Longest lift wait was maybe 3-5 minutes. Night life? Stayed in Hood River, but our little guy isn't allowed into bars so can't help you there.

post #3 of 6
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Thanks a lot... anyone else?

post #4 of 6

 

Early April is good skiing (at least 4 years i'm here). It is not a late season by our standards. My last day this year was May 27th. Late season here is in August :D 

 

Lines - depends.

 

Hood: Powder day - crowded, weekends - might be crowded but not as much in April, week day - Heavens...

Bachelor: rarely issues, may be on powder day

 

Lodging on Mt Hood is limited to few places - Timberline lodge, places down at Government Camp.

Bachelor - Bend is 30 min away, much more resorts, love Sunriver village

 

Night life - Hood River is the nearest legit town to Mt Hood, pretty cool place. 40 min drive to Meadows. Portland is 1.5h drive from the mountain.

Bend is a nice place to hang out too.

 

Vlad

 

 

Edit: forgot to add these potentially crowded days:

 

  • Oregon spring break March 26 - March 30, 2012
  • Washington spring break April 2-6, 2012

 


Edited by VladL - 12/7/11 at 9:08am
post #5 of 6

If you can make it to Bachelor go. It has the best spring snow anywhere in April. You might get some powder but if you don't the mountain layout is optimal for spring skiing. Because the mountain is spread out from east to west you can move keep moving west skiing each lift as it starts to thaw but before the snow melts too much.

post #6 of 6

I seems that early in the year we get coastal weather, with wet snow from a still cooling ocean.  April and May is more like rocky mountain weather--if it snows it is cold.

 

Bachelor closed last year in late May, with 18 degrees and a foot of new powder.  That is not unusual.  Here it is May 28th.

 

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