The Oregon ski and snowboard season ramped up over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Three resorts in the state--Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Timberline Lodge—opened for the 2012-13 season with each offering deals for beginners to get introduced to skiing or snowboarding.
Mt. Bachelor Resort fired up lifts on Thanksgiving Day with Pine Marten Express, Sunshine Accelerator, and Skyliner Express in operation. The terrain park crew has already installed features in the Pacific City Park.
For newcomers to skiing or snowboarding, Mt. Bachelor offers its $199 Ski or Ride in 5 program. The program bundles up five lessons, five rentals, and five lift tickets for the Carousel and Sunrise lifts to be used any time between Jan. 7 and Mar. 24. Those who complete the program are rewarded with a free season pass for the remainder of the season.
Mt. Hood Meadows ran seven of its lifts over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with boxes and rails available in the Shipyard and Zoo parks. While conditions for opening yielded early season powder, blue skies prevailed with views of Mt. Hood by the end of the holiday weekend.
Catch the flavor leading into opening day at Mt. Hood Meadows here:
For beginners, Mt. Hood Meadows offers a $75 two-hour lesson for ages 13 and older. The package comes with rentals and a lift ticket for the Buttercup Chairlift. By purchasing the package in advance online, you can get it for $65 instead. A full-day beginner version is also available for $95 and a three-day package for $139.
While Timberline Lodge already ran the Palmer Lift for skiing and snowboarding throughout October and November, the ski area has now opened its lower mountain trails. For the holiday weekend, operations included the Pucci, Bruno, and Stormin’ Norman chairlifts, in addition to the upper mountain’s Magic Mile and Palmer lifts.
For first time skiers or snowboarders, Timberline offers its Two Day Linking Turns Guarantee. The $99 program includes two lessons, rental equipment, and a ticket for Bruno’s, the beginner chairlift. The guarantee means that you can come back at no charge until you can link turns on the beginner terrain.
All three resorts are open daily for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Beginner lessons are also offered daily. Contact the resorts for further lesson information by clicking here: Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline Lodge.