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Mount Hood features five ski areas, winter golf

Mt. Hood Meadows is the largest ski area on Mount Hood.
Mt. Hood Meadows is the largest ski area on Mount Hood.
Eric Wagnon

Mount Hood rises above the horizon 60 miles to the east of Portland, Ore. The tallest mountain in Oregon has five ski areas on or near its flanks. Mt. Hood Meadows, the largest resort with 2,150 skiable acres, sits on the southeast side of the mountain. Timberline Lodge is on the southwest side. The runs of the other major ski area, Mt. Hood Skibowl, look across from several smaller peaks south of the main volcanic peak of Mount Hood. Copper Spur and Summit Ski Area are two small beginner hills around Mount Hood.

Ski year-round at Timberline

Although the summit of Mount Hood reaches 11,240 feet, none of the ski areas go even close to the summit. Timberline Lodge, however, does stretch high enough to include the Palmer Snowfield where the snow never entirely melts. Therefore, year-round skiing and summer race camps are Timberline’s main claim to fame for skiers.

Built as Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Depression, the historic lodge at Timberline has 70 ski-in, ski-out guest rooms. More accommodations can be found in Government Camp, the main town at the base of the mountain.

Ski and golf at The Resort at the Mountain

Down the highway toward Portland, The Resort at the Mountain offers ski-and-golf packages. The hotel resort has 27 holes of golf and a full-service spa. According to John Erickson, the resort’s general manager, the property’s lower elevation means that the golf courses never completely close up during the winter. Any snowfall tends to melt away fairly quickly and golf rounds are sometimes possible even in mid-winter.

Along with about 150 traditional hotel rooms and suites, two- and three-bedroom villas are available for ski groups or families. Erickson said that skiers can take advantage of lower rates in the winter, because the time is considered off-season for tourists in the Mount Hood area.

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