Located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, Mt. Hood Skibowl is the largest night ski area in the United States and the closest ski and snowboard area to Portland, Oregon. With 300 inches of annual snowfall and a vertical drop of 1,500 feet, it’s the perfect playground for skiers and boarders of all levels. With its multiple terrain parks and snowtubing area, the entire family will find something to do.
The Mt. Hood Express is a public service that runs from the city of Sandy to Skibowl, Government Camp and Timberline. The Skibowl Shuttle links Skibowl West and Skibowl East. It’s a little over an hour to Skibowl from Portland, which is serviced by most major airlines.
Skibowl features 69 trails – 36 fully lit night runs – spread across 960 acres with a summit elevation of 5,100 feet on Tom Dick Peak. The Skibowl West Base Area is 3,600 feet. Averaging an annual snowfall of 300 inches, Mt. Hood Skibowl accommodates skiers and riders of all levels and abilities with terrain ratings of 20% beginner, 40% intermediate and 40% advanced.
Three fully lit terrain parks (Jesse’s Flight Terrain, Govyville Terrain and West Rope Tow) thrill the freestylers day and night. The resort is serviced by four chair lifts, three surface tows and two conveyor lifts. The season typically lasts from early December to early April. The longest run is three miles long (Skyline Trail).
Skibowl is perfect for families with its snow tubing, including nighttime cosmic tubing. It’s typically the most affordable ski resort in the area for what it offers. Plus, it’s the easiest to get to from Portland. During the summer, there are plenty of activities for the whole family, including disc golf, zipline adventures, horseback riding, bungee jumping and an Adventure Park.