For those who prefer to strap their feet to planks, boards, or snowshoes, an array of terrain can be found at Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, Teacup Lake Nordic Area, and Pocket Creek Sno-Park, to name a few.
Once the season at Mt. Hood Meadows has kicked off, you’ll want to be elbow-to-elbow with the locals for first tracks. With Meadows averaging more than 430 inches of annual snowfall, there’s a reason people choose to live so close to the mountain. If you want to join the powderhounds, book your day passes well in advance.
Mt. Hood isn’t just for skiers and boarders, and snow seekers of all kinds will find recreation at one of the many Sno-Parks located in the Mt. Hood National Forest. 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.
Before you head up the mountain, grab a bagel and coffee from Freshies. Open early at 6:30 a.m. and serving up freshly brewed coffee from Stoked Coffee Roaster, fresh juices, smoothies, and of course, freshly made bagels daily, this is the perfect power breakfast for powder hounds.
Pro Tip: Fuel up with the McFreshie with veggie cream cheese
After a full morning exploring the mountain, warm up with some Nordic Poutine and a 20oz local beer of choice, like a Double Mountain IRA or a Full Sail Session Lager at Mt. Hood Meadows’ Alpenstube. With a slight food coma and some calories on board, head back out on the hill to seek out any remaining powder stashes.
On your way back through town, stop for a little Apres-Ski action and well-earned beer or cider at 64 Taphouse, then wander a few more blocks for a burger from Hood River’s Sixth Street Bistro.
Finally, shed the gear, rest tired legs, and crash at the Adventure Lodge. Then wake up and do it all again in the morning!
Always check local weather and snow conditions before venturing outdoors, and be sure to purchase your Oregon Sno-Park permit, sold locally at these supporting businesses, or annual passes sold online.