The Perks of Skiing Hood

By Lexi Reeve

Most of my childhood memories consist of waking up at the crack of dawn, climbing into my dad’s SUV with my gear on hand, and heading up to Meadows for a ski day on the mountain. I’d been raised to be a skier since I was six years old, and some of my best memories took place at the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort. Learning to ski with my brother on the bunny slopes, drinking hot cocoa in the lodge to warm up after a long day in the snow, and even night skiing with the mountain all lit up in the dark, finding my way down to the chairlift with minimal lighting and nothing but a layer of white in front of me. Mt. Hood Meadows isn’t just a business, or an activity to try when you have nothing else to do that day. It’s not even an excuse to spend time with family and friends. It’s a lifestyle. And although it may not be a lifestyle everyone enjoys, I’ve decided to write down everything that I love about the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort. So, why not go rent some gear yourself and try it out for a day?

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Meadows has a run for every level. Beginning with the green square, blue square, black diamond and then up to double black diamonds, you are sure to find a run at your level. You can even choose runs that will challenge you until you can work your way up to those double black diamonds! My dad and brother have made me go down a run called God’s Wall a couple times and, although challenging, it’s made me a better skier!

Night skiing at Meadows is gorgeous as well. The trick to this is picking a day with optimal weather conditions. If you can master that, you’ll be skiing down the mountain face with a nice layer of fresh powder beneath you. With the overhead lights shining down on the snow but still dimly lit, night skiing is an experience you have to try for yourself. The view of the mountain from the chairlift at night is also something else!

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The Mt. Hood Lodge is another reason why I love Meadows. To be able to go and grab a cup of hot chocolate after a long run or when the snow starts to get too cold is a really nice treat. And if you want to take your time, there are two sit-down restaurants in the lodge, Alpenstube and Vertical Restaurant and Sports Bar, as well as some delis and cafes for faster service. There is also outside seating with heated lamps for warmer days! The best part is you can ski right up to the lodge, drop off your gear, and head in for lunch.

Meadows has its own ski school where they offer lessons from age four and up! And the local high school ski teams come and practice at Meadows and even host some of their races there. If you don’t have transportation up to the mountain, Mt. Hood offers shuttle services – you can take a bus roundtrip from various locations in Portland for only $20!

Although the prices for a day pass are a bit steep (adult open to close peak-day lift pass is $89, a non-peak lift pass is $74), they do have some great deals if you want to bring your children for the day! A childrens day pass is only $10, and a night lift ticket is only $30. If you need to rent equipment, keep in mind that it will cost you more, but for those of you who have your own gear or can borrow it from a friend, there are some great lift ticket deals!

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I love skiing at the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort; I would highly recommend trying it out for a day! If you’re already an avid skier or snowboarder, try some of the other well-known Oregon ski resorts, such as TimberlineSki Bowl, and Bachelor. Have fun in the snow and be safe!

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