Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area, Oregon

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Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area in Oregon & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 2777ft/846m, total trails 85, closest airport 64mi/103km, lifts 12, & more. The ski area is located near the community of Government Camp, Oregon on the East Face of Mt Hood which is a dormant volcano and Oregon’s highest mountain. Mt Hood […]

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Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area in Oregon & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 2777ft/846m, total trails 85, closest airport 64mi/103km, lifts 12, & more.

The ski area is located near the community of Government Camp, Oregon on the East Face of Mt Hood which is a dormant volcano and Oregon’s highest mountain.

Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area opened in December 1967, with 2 Chairlifts, 1 T-Bar, and 1 Rope Tow. The opening came several years after the original idea to place a ski hill in the area was planned, and studies for creating winter recreation on Mt Hood were completed.

The ski area has grown from its humble beginnings into a ski and snowboard area with several access lifts at two parking lot locations, 12 named glaciers and the hike-to-terrain of Super Bowl, along with a diverse terrain layout for all to enjoy, all serviced by a well-positioned chairlift system.

It is the largest ski area within the Mt Hood area. It features night skiing and snowboarding on select nights on 140 acres of terrain for those who cannot make it to the slopes during the day.

With no mountainside lodging, the community of Government Camp, Oregon is only a short distance away from Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area. It is a quaint and charming area with a small downtown core where you will find several lodging options, including The Lodge at Government Camp and the historic Huckleberry Inn that offers lodging and a restaurant. The main street features shopping and various food and beverage options.

On the Slopes

  • Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area has a selection of terrain to satisfy all levels of ability. The mountain has an awesome layout of beginner and intermediate trails, which run in tandem with the lift system so you can enjoy a full day on the slopes.
  • Searching for advanced terrain, you come to the right place; this ski area is a paradise for those that want a challenge. Starting from the 11 gates that access Heather Canyon and the runs of Marmot Ridge and Powder Keg, as well as 1 Bowl to 5 Bowl, there is an incredible amount of terrain to choose from.
  • Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area is definitely the place to stop if you are in search of terrain parks. There are several to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are a novice to the terrain park scene, there is a park just for you. If you are a seasoned veteran, there are many features and jumps to test your ability.
  • Mt Hood Meadows Ski and Snowboard School has various lessons and programs available to meet the needs of children to adults. They also have lessons designed for those who are venturing onto the slopes for the first time. Their goal is to make sure that each person enjoys their experience no matter what lesson or program they choose.
  • When it comes to retail shops, as well as, food and beverage, Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area has you covered. Outer Limits Sports is your complete source for all of your winter requirements. Planning a quick snack or a leisurely sit-down, then there are several wonderful restaurant options to choose from.

Off the Slopes

  • Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area does not have lodging available at the mountain. However, you can bring your own accommodations to the mountain and make use of one of the 14 overnight RV Parking spots available. Note, spots are first to come basis, and your RV must have self-contained services. A Sno-park permit is required, and the mountain allows a maximum of 3-night stay.
  • Hood River is another community where you can find options for lodging and other amenities but keep in mind that it is approximately 35mi/56km away from the ski area.
  • Mt Hood Meadows also has a Nordic Center with 9mi/15km of groomed and track set trails that pass through scenic meadows and wooded areas. The Nordic Center is open Thursday through Monday from 9 am to 4 pm and is located at Hood River Meadows parking lot 1. Rentals are available and remember to get your trail pass. Snowshoeing is not permitted in the Nordic Area.
  • Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area has the Children’s Learning Center that aims to provide a fun experience with lots of activities. There is also the Day Care Center with certified personnel for infants as young as 6 weeks.
  • Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area has several shuttle options available with various pick-up locations and schedules. If you choose to drive yourself, remember a Sno-Park permit is required for parking.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2777 ft / 846 m

Base Elevation:
4523 ft / 1379 m

Summit Elevation:
7300 ft / 2225 m

Skiable Area:
2150 acres

Average Snowfall:
430 in / 1092 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 85

Beginner: 13 (15%)

Intermediate: 43 (50%)

Advanced: 21 (25%)

Expert: 8 (10%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 7

Snow Cross: Yes

Super Pipe: Yes

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Portland OR , 64mi / 103km

Nearest Major City:
Hood River OR, 35mi / 57km

Nearest Town/City:
Government Camp OR, 11mi / 18km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 1 to Apr 16

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Tue, 9:00am to 4:00pm : Wed to Sun, 9:00am to 9:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: Select Nights

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 12

Express Quad Chairs: 6

Quad Chairs: 1

Double Chairs: 4

Surface Lifts: 1


Mountainside: No

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Portland Intl Airport  (PDX)
Distance: 64 mi / 103 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-754-4663

Direct Phone: 503-337-2222

Snow Phone: 503-227-7669

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Ski Resort Shuttle

More Helpful Links

Huckleberry Inn, OR

The Lodge at Government Camp, OR