I live in Portland, so Shanwnee is only about an hour dive apposed to a 3 hour drive anywhere else. I go up there every Monday, Friday and Saturday. As long as the conditions are good. So far this year... I have not been up there on a bad day... I was in California skiing mammoth during all the rain in December... Shawnee is a small mountain that does not have any extremely challenging trials or any world renown snow fall, but the mountain is an awesome mountain to grow up on. It is cheap, not crowded, and they have plenty of ski patrol just in case. This mountain is the best overall home town mountain! I grew up in California, skiing places like Mammoth, Tahoe, and Big Bear... all of which can be found in Warren Miller films. If you haven't seen a Warren Miller film... then you don't belong on a ski slope.