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.
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