I only have 2 days and am wondering which of the 3 I should ski.
Each area has it’s good points; Ski bowl is 90 minutes out of Portland if you take Hwy 26 and is right at Government camp. Another (suggested option) is to take I84 east to Hood River then 35 up to Meadows. About two hours but so much easier and almost no traffic whereas 26 can get tied up for hours. So you drive past Ski Bowl to get to the other two areas but it is also the lowest and the smallest with the worst lift system. If you and your sons are good skiers then you can have a fun day in the back bowls. Take the tour to learn a lot about the place. Really only worth it if its been snowing heavily for a day before and the day you are skiing. Timberline is just down the road and then up the hill for a long 6 miles. Wonderful lodge that is a must see so plan on a walk through even if you don’t choose to spend the day. The slopes are so-so with the highest (Palmer glacier) used in the summer for training camp. It is often closed in the winter for wind and ice but a fun ride even if it would be a blue groomer anywhere else. The rest of the runs are fairly short but varied and can be fun if you are not arrogant. Meadows is the best designed for what we currently expect from a resort, good high speed quads, varied areas separating different skill levels and lots of room to roam around. There are some rather shocking bottle-necks though where fast not so skilled people push through the slower crowd. It does take some getting used to so a tour is good or watch where other people go and ask where they are going. People are generally friendly and happy to show the way. Check out the map online to get the lay.
After Mt. Hood, I'm going to Bachelor. I know I have to make a drive from Bend each day.
Rental cars usually won’t allow chains but check the road/weather reports at the desk before going up. It might be worth getting a set of chains the right size for the tire from a local shop depending on the conditions.http://www.timberlinelodge.com/defaultweb.asphttp://www.skihood.com/main.aspxhttp://www.skibowl.com/winter/home.cfm
the highway 26 comes from Portland going east whereas 35 come from the North going South to the mountain. Just to clear that up.