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Mt. Hood Meadows - Trip Help

post #1 of 15
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Good afternoon,

Since there is NO SNOW in the Tahoe area I am taking a road trip. I am looking for some suggestions on lodging and lift ticket deals for the Mt. Hood area. December 11-14 are the dates, so midweek stuff is totally cool. Any help/suggestions is totally appreciated.

thanks,
Rick
post #2 of 15
Mt. Hood Meadows has several ski/lodging packages with Hood River B&Bs, inns and hotels, with $25 lift tickets as part of the package. For details, call (800) 754-4663 or visit the resort's Web site (www.skihood.com).

Thatsagirl
post #3 of 15
I stayed at the Mt Hood Inn last week and found it very nice. Rooms were about a 3 star rating. They had free ski lockers on the ground floor, and a free breakfast too. Lift tickets could be purchased at the front desk for about 10 bucks cheaper than full-fare. Nice brew-pub next door too.

The drive to Mt hood meadows took about 15-20 minutes on a very amiable road. I would certainly stay there again, although that was my first trip to the area, maybe there is something even better?
post #4 of 15
The best advice anyone could give you is to skip Mt Hood. Bachelor is open, or even better, keep on driving up to Crystal Mountain in Washington, which has much more terrain and (during midweek) almost no one there. Mt. Hood Meadows is extremely crowded every day and has limited terrain. Timberline's terrain is even more limited.

Good luck to you!

sonja
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by sonja_sonja
The best advice anyone could give you is to skip Mt Hood. Bachelor is open, or even better, keep on driving up to Crystal Mountain in Washington, which has much more terrain and (during midweek) almost no one there. Mt. Hood Meadows is extremely crowded every day and has limited terrain. Timberline's terrain is even more limited.

Good luck to you!

sonja

I live in portland and would wholeheartedly agree with this statement.

The quality of your ski experience, will be greatly diminished at hood. (I really dislike meadows. 'cept for the terrain, which is quite good albeit in short spurts.) Timberline is mostly low angle terrain, but the goods stay in good shape cause the resort is mostly beginners. Ski Bowl has the best terrain in the hood area but suffers due to low elevation.

Crystal's lodging options are quite rustic and quaint. Mostly ski and stay not much in the way of apres ski or other types of fun. (It's my favorite PNW resort.) I go there to do one thing. Ski until my legs turn to jello.

Bend is a great town and an excellent complement to an excellent mountain. Even if the terrain isn't that steep. It's a great, well run hill and you can get lap after lap with nary a lift line longer than five minutes, even during the holidays.

Most days at Meadows you wait in line for 15-20 minutes for a ten minute lift ride and a five minute run. Not worth it. The place sucks.
post #6 of 15

Go To Bachelor

SKI Meadows, garbage, short runs, double fall lines, poor snow, crowds... Go to Mt. Bachelor...
post #7 of 15
Mt Hood Meadows is great--as long as you like being hit in the back by out of control showboarders.

My advice is don't bother with Mt. Hood. Keep driving north to Crystal Mountain, or just go to Bachlor. Another option is Mt. Baker, which got totally dumped on early season.
post #8 of 15

Meadows & Lodging

: Meadows is a pretty good area to ski, truth be told. Actually, Meadows has more snow right now than Mt. Bachelor does. But, it depends on where you want to be, ie, in the Portland area or the Bend area? Bachelor is fun when the snow is good, but even more important...when the weather is good. I've had more bad weather days there than good in all the times I've gone over. The top has seldom been open when I've been there. But if you hit it right, it's great.

Regarding where to stay at Mt Hood, it depends on how much you want to spend. You can spend $150+ per night and stay at Collins Lake Resort, which is very nice, or rent a cabin. If you're on a shoestring budget, there's a great hostel in Government Camp called the Cascade Ski Lodge. It's open to members of their ski club as well as the public. It's pretty nice for a hostel. It will cost you $15 or $20/night. You'll have to check their website for this year's rates. You should check www.mthoodlist.com It's a Mt Hood site where locals post on lodging,tickets,gear, etc. boards, and you can find all the local links there. Good luck!
post #9 of 15

$65 room includes lift tickets

Hey, I received this email today from Cooper Spur: (If you need the email, let me know and I can forward it to you.)

From November 27 through December 15, when you stay at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night, the room will cost just $65 / night* AND they'll give you up to TWO FREE LIFT TICKETS to enjoy Mt. Hood Meadows the next day!

Don't need lift tickets? Then you can spend the night for just $40* - Sunday through Thursday night, with advance reservation and presentation of this email.

Special rates on cabins and condos also available - just call 541.352.6692 and mention this email.

For complete details visit
http://www.cooperspur.com/
post #10 of 15


You might want to onsider Mt. Bachelor if you're planning on skiing in Oregon. The early season snow here has been quite good with a mid-mountain base of 54" and more snow forecasted for tomorrow.

Bachelor's first "official" powder day of the season was yesterday (as the picture above attests; clink the link for a brief video if you want to see more). Today was pretty damn good, too: The longest lift line I encountered was all of 3 minutes.
post #11 of 15

lodging

whenever I stay up there I go to The Resort At The Mountain in Welches, its a quick drive to the slopes.
post #12 of 15
So tell us??? How was the trip? where did you stay and ski? any feedback?
post #13 of 15

meadows sucks???

Shocked to see such negative comments regarding MT Hood. Ive never been there, but am contemplating a trip to portland with the thought of skiing Mt Hood. Im on the East Coast, and this would be my only trip this year. Tried to organize a weekend at Alta, amazed how difficult it is becomming to get friends out there once a year.

Anyways, my question is: Should i not even bother with Mt Hood? I have a good friend who skis meadows, and the thought was i would shoot out there for 3-4 days and at least get some turns in. But after reading these comments, i wonder if im better off just taking my 3 year old up to Vermont.

Thoughts?
post #14 of 15
As of right now the F.L. is @ resort altitude.: Plenty of snow here 150+" base. Meadows is not that bad. Just don't go on a weekend. Thursdays are buy 1 get 1 free tixs from the shell gas stations. Hope that helps.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by bz in nyc
Shocked to see such negative comments regarding MT Hood. Ive never been there, but am contemplating a trip to portland with the thought of skiing Mt Hood. Im on the East Coast, and this would be my only trip this year. Tried to organize a weekend at Alta, amazed how difficult it is becomming to get friends out there once a year.

Anyways, my question is: Should i not even bother with Mt Hood? I have a good friend who skis meadows, and the thought was i would shoot out there for 3-4 days and at least get some turns in. But after reading these comments, i wonder if im better off just taking my 3 year old up to Vermont.

Thoughts?
If you're flying out west for a ski trip, then you're better off going to Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, or Whistler long before going to Mt. Hood Meadows. Meadows simply is not a destination resort and there are better places to make a ski trip out of.

However, if you're in Portland to see family, friends, or are on a business trip, then by all means bring along your skis, stay a couple of extra days and ski Meadows.

Meadows does have all kinds of terrain - just not a lot of really good (challenging) terrain. But chances are you'll find something that you like.
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