mt.hood skibowl is a nice ski area that is less traveled. it is the closest area to Portland (OR) and has some of the best terrain on the mountain, suited for all ability levels. There's the outback for experts, the upperbowls for the advanced, Mulitpor and cascade lifts for intermedites and the lower bowl for beginners. It is a well rounded ski area. the only drawbacks are it's lower on the mountain, and generally recieves less snow then the other two areas higher on the mountain. When skiing at skibowl, explore the trees, the areas with out a marked run and follow any tracks that you see leading of into a diffrent area. And on top of everything, the staff is so much nicer then at meadows and the prices are better.