Mt Hood Meadows

skiing near Portland Oregon Black and White Image Chairlift at Mt Hood Meadows Mt. Hood Meadows - Image taken by: Nick Hess

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So out of three major resorts, which one is the biggest, baddest, and toughest resort on the hill?  If you guessed Mt Hood Meadows… you are a winner!  Containing terrain for all levels, it has everything from steep drops and cliffs to long carving trails above tree line making it a great mountain to visit.  If you’re lucky enough to hit Meadows on a powder day and you’re an expert skier/snowboarder then head over to Heather Canyon.  Filled with nicely spaced trees, bowls, and cliff drops, this section is amazing if you hit it at the right time.  For nice open groomers, head over to Cascade Express.  Gulch and Boulevard are great runs too for massive swooping turns that follow the fall line down to the bottom of the lift.   Finally, for beginners, give Vista Express a whirl.  Like all Pacific Northwest resorts, keep your eyes peeled on the snow level for a storm.  If the snow levels are high then the terrain off of Shooting Star Express is your best option.  No matter what, Mt Hood Meadows should be on your list of resorts to check out if your in the Pacific Northwest.  Filled with culture and amazing terrain, there isn’t another resort like it out there.

Tip: If you do head to Mt Hood Meadows, make sure to buy a sno-Park permit from one of the parking lot attendants.  We found out the hard way that if you don’t get one, they’ll ticket you!