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Mt. Hood: which is better ? Meadows or Timberline?

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Thread Starter 

I am thinking of taking advantage of La Nina this year and hitting some big snow areas.  I thought a trip to Bachelor/ Mt. Hood would be nice, and have been intrigued by the sheer size of Hood- affording multiple large resorts on the same mountain.  I have previously been to Timberline in the summer and my impression was that their upper elevations might be kind of boring.  So can anyone give me a comparison of the two for an advanced skier ?

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I just moved to Portland so I'm not an expert, but I did plenty of reading before buying a season pass and it sounds like Meadows is the best place on Hood. Timberline is supposedly mostly easy cruiser runs and thus not very exciting. Skibowl apparently has great terrain and is relatively cheap, but it's small and at the lowest elevation so it has the sketchiest snow conditions. Meadows has the best combo of terrain and elevation, so if you're an advanced skier and you're set on Hood I would definitely hit Meadows (heading up this weekened for the first time, personally).

 

Though from what I hear, Bachelor is the best overall skiing in Oregon. It's bigger and has better snow than Hood due to being on East of the cascades. If you have the option of only 1 place to check out up here, I'd go to Bachelor.

post #3 of 16

Meadows.

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Short Answer... Meadows

Simply because Meadows has better terrain then T-Line.  If your coming here for some la nina powder and you are fortunate enough to get it, timberline is just too flat to enjoy it.  Meadows has good a pitch in Heather Canyon and in its bowls.  Expect me and the rest of Portland to be with you though if its a weekend.  Weekday however and you will have the place to yourself.

Also if you are able to make last minute changes, watch the weather because if the snow level is low  enough (target 2500) a powder day at ski bowl is fantastic.  You will just be doing laps on one lift, but its a good one (upper bowl).

 

Don't trust the weather for ski bowl if you have to book in advance, play it safe a go with meadows.

 

Not on hood, but Mt. Bachelor is better then all three.  Better Snow.  More reliable.  More terrain.  I suggest Bachelor over anything in Oregon.

post #5 of 16

Ditto what he said. Ski Bowl, though tiny, has the best terrain of the three off top chair given conditions. Meadows trumps Timberline. Bachelor a better mountain than anything on Hood, but much further from Portland.

post #6 of 16

And consider Hoodoo on the way over to Bend.  Steeper Deeper Cheaper they say.  Small, but worth a stop.

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your responses.  If we stay in Bend, we can hit Mt. Bachelor first and then decide if we want to keep skiing there or go to Mt. Hood. 

post #8 of 16

+1 Meadows

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Though from what I hear, Bachelor is the best overall skiing in Oregon. It's bigger and has better snow than Hood due to being on East of the cascades. If you have the option of only 1 place to check out up here, I'd go to Bachelor.

 

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Not on hood, but Mt. Bachelor is better then all three.  Better Snow.  More reliable.  More terrain.  I suggest Bachelor over anything in Oregon.


Sadly, the Willamette Valley centric discussions once again ignore the two best places to ski in Oregon, Mt. Ashland & Warner Canyon.

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Sadly, the Willamette Valley centric discussions once again ignore the two best places to ski in Oregon, Mt. Ashland & Warner Canyon.



If you're going to be that way about it, you ought to get Anthony Lakes in there!

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I can't believe Willamette Pass wasn't mentioned. icon14.gif

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Well, there are several options not far from each other, so here's what I did. The Ski Bowl by night, Meadows by day. I was actually really impressed by the Bowl. Dirt cheap lift tickets, great vibe, seriously easy and close parking, fantastic terrain, and just about the whole dang place is lit up quite well. Last Friday was my first time skiing bowls at night. Hands down the best night skiing I've ever experienced. Feel like hucking cliffs at 10 pm? That's your place! Plenty of easier terrain, too, if that's your thing.

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Though from what I hear, Bachelor is the best overall skiing in Oregon. It's bigger and has better snow than Hood due to being on East of the cascades. If you have the option of only 1 place to check out up here, I'd go to Bachelor.

 

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Not on hood, but Mt. Bachelor is better then all three.  Better Snow.  More reliable.  More terrain.  I suggest Bachelor over anything in Oregon.


Sadly, the Willamette Valley centric discussions once again ignore the two best places to ski in Oregon, Mt. Ashland & Warner Canyon.


Hey, I'm a newbie so I have an excuse :) I'm open to being enlightened, though, so please let me know what you like about those two places. Are they close to Portland or a little farther down south? I've also heard Anthony lakes has the best snow in Oregon, though it's pretty tiny and far away.
 

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Hey, I'm a newbie so I have an excuse :) I'm open to being enlightened, though, so please let me know what you like about those two places. Are they close to Portland or a little farther down south? I've also heard Anthony lakes has the best snow in Oregon, though it's pretty tiny and far away.
 

Mt. Ashland is off the last exit on I-5 before you enter California.  It is the mountain I grew up skiing & definitely an acquired taste.  It is steep with high density snow, not as dense as Mt. Hood but significantly more dense than Bachelor.  I prefer skiing there over all the other resorts in Oregon, expect for Mt. Bachelor or Warner Canyon on powder days.

 

Warner Canyon is a small community ski area outside Lakeview, OR, once again just over the California border.  It is one of those can't get there from here locations way out of the way.  It has snow comparable to Bachelor and is definitely worth hitting if for some reason you're in the neighborhood.


Willamette Pass is a small ski area 90 minutes southeast of Eugene.  It is another worth stopping at if you're passing by ski areas but not worth the effort to go to unless you want to test your steep skiing ability.  It has a legendary run, RTS, that is wickedly steep.

 

Anthony Lakes is the only ski area in Oregon I haven't skied.  My friends that have say it definitely has the best snow in Oregon.

post #15 of 16

If you staying for more then a couple days at one place then i strongly suggest bachelor (i also suggest it normally though).  Some of these other areas listed above are fun, little local hills (hoodoo, ashland, willamette) good while passing by but not necessarily great places to go out of your way and stay multiple days.  Personally i think of bachelor as a destination ski area.  Do you want to ski the whole area or just stay in one place? started and ending at PDX?

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It might as well be in Idaho for the distance from Portland, but I've always wanted to ski here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallowa_Lake_Tramway

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