Snow sports at Mount Hood Meadows

Hood River – Winter Recreation Basecamp

With great proximity to all Mt Hood resorts, Hood River is the perfect winter recreation basecamp.

3-Day Winter Recreation Itinerary

Simply put, Hood River is Oregon’s hidden gem of winter basecamps, with the added distinction of being both a mountain town and a beach town. While the mighty Columbia is most commonly enjoyed in summer months, the waterfront paths accentuate the river’s serenity during its winter months of respite. While the Columbia is resting, the majestic Mt.Hood (elev. 11,249’) is at her best, showcasing snow-covered adventures and welcoming all to partake in winter fun. 

Within hours of arrival, visitors to Hood River can rent everything they need for a snow-packed weekend, sip a locally distilled toddy, dine on artisan pizza, and be tucked in, dreaming of the next day’s adventure. And in support of snow-induced adventure, many of Hood River’s lodging properties offer Stay & Ski deals and other incentives throughout the winter.

For more, check out our daily itineraries below!



Snowboarding into powder on Mt Hood.

Day 1

Today we’re heading to Mt. Hood Meadows, or known simply as ‘Meadows,’ to the locals. As the largest ski resort in Oregon, you’ll have plenty to ski and ride so transportation, fuel (good hearty food), and hydration will be key to getting th emost out of your day.

Getting There

For those who prefer public transit to the ski hill, the Columbia Area Transit (CAT) Gorge-to-Mountain Express offers convenient pick-up at various stops throughout the Hood River Valley, providing slopeside delivery to Mt. Hood Meadows’ main lodge and plenty of room for skis, boards, and gear. Check out the Gorge-to-Mountain Express page for up-to-date details on the schedule, route information, and pricing. Or if driving in the snow excites you, load up the car and make a full day out of your up-and-back to the hill!

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View of Mt Hood from Timberline Ski Resort

Day 2

Yesterday was big so today, we have options. Cooper Spur, a great little undercover resort located on the NE slopes of Mt Hood. If you’re looking for a mellow, fun, and family friendly vibe, Cooper Spur will be your jam.

Option two is hitting Timberline which boasts 4,540 vertical feet – which is more vertical relief than any other US ski resort. Side note, Timberline is also open 10 months out of the year, so if you can’t make it this winter, set your sights on some great spring and summer turns here.

Fuel Up

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with an amazing breakfast from Bette’s Place.

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Teacup Lake Nordic Area

Day 3

It’s another stunning day in Hood River and adventure calls, so grab a solid breakfast from one of downtown coffee spots and head back for more.

Whether sledding at Little John, hiking a snowy trail to the ice-covered Tamanawas Falls or powering up the snow machines at Bennett Pass, any number of winter adventures are accessible within thirty-five miles of Hood River.

For those who prefer to experience the snow Nordic style or on snowshoes, an array of terrain can be found at Teacup Lake Nordic Area, Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Pocket Creek Sno-Park, to name a few.

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