The snow has (mostly) melted, but that doesn’t mean Oregon’s mountain resorts are closed for the season. Five ski areas across the state take on another personality for the summer as they switch from snow sports to one-stop shops for scenic chairlift rides, biking, hiking and running trails, sunset dinners, go-karts and other outdoor adventures. Here’s your guide to unforgettable summer memories at Oregon’s mountain resorts.
Central Oregon: Mt. Bachelor
Have you dined at 7,800 feet? Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon is continuing its popular sunset dinner series starting June 22, 2019 on select Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, a unique way to take in the sunset and dine from a curated menu of gourmet options including spirit, beer and wine tastings. The scenic chair lift ride here ($22 adult, kids 5 and under free) is simply stunning, with views of Three Sisters peaks, Broken Top and many of the Cascade Lakes below. Once you’re up top, you can grab a meal on deck at the Pine Marten Lodge, play a round of disc golf or take a U.S. Forest Service-led interpretive tour. Or, take to the trails by foot or bike. It’s a bike-lover’s paradise here, with 13 miles of newly established downhill trails, bike rentals of all types, trail maps and Gravity Bike Camps for youth are offered all summer. There’s no shortage of athletic endeavors at Mt. Bachelor this summer, with the third annual GraviCross combining downhill mountain biking and cycle-cross July 13, 2019; the Volcanic Bike & Brew scheduled for Aug. 23-24, 2019; the Battle At Bachelor Disc Golf Tournament Aug. 10-11, 2019; and the 2019 Mt. Bachelor Autocross Sept. 6–8, 2019.
Mt. Hood: Mt. Hood Meadows
Mt. Hood Meadows has a packed events schedule on weekends this summer starting July 5, 2019 with $15 chairlift rides ($12 in advance) on the Stadium Lift Thursday through Monday to soak up the sunshine and view the wildflowers below and Mt. Jefferson and Three Sisters on the horizon. The resort is host to events throughout the summer with culinary-focused events including the Brew Fest and Brewer’s Dinner (July 6, 2019), a Kona Luau (July 13, 2019), a Stargazing Party and dinner (Aug. 10-11, 2019),the Mushroom Festival (Aug. 31, 2019), and the annual NW Craft Spirits Festival (Aug. 3, 2019) featuring local craft spirits from area distilleries. Additional events include the annual Uphill Challenge (1.2 miles with 621 feet of elevation gain or a 5k option, July 27, 2019), a new Adventure Van Weekend (July 20-21, 2019), and a new Makers Market (Aug. 17, 2019), with the Mutts on the Mountain Oregon Humane Society fundraiser returning Aug. 24, 2019.
Mt. Hood: Mt. Hood Skibowl
Mt. Hood Skibowl is a playground for the whole family, with more than 20 attractions including zip lines, the Malibu Raceway, a bungee tower, mini golf, disc golf and a kiddie canoe at the Mt. Hood Adventure Park. On the Skibowl West side, visitors will find a thrilling half-mile dual alpine slide with speeds up to 20 miles per hour along the 350-foot drop. For the two-wheeled set, the Bike Learning Center offers lift assist and instruction to beginning mountain bike riders. Experienced riders can geek out at Skibowl’s Portland Freeride Bike Park,with its high-speed bermed out runs, giant doubles and gaps through the trees and log roads. Rentals and Bike the Volcano tours are also available, as are guided tours and equipment rentals for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, fishing and even hiking and waterfall exploring.
Mt. Hood: Timberline Lodge & Ski Area
You will still find snow near Timberline Lodge, which has the longest ski season in North America. (So it’s no wonder the U. S. Ski & Snowboard teams train here during the summers.) Take the Palmer Express high-speed quad lift to ski or snowboard to your heart’s content through Labor Day. Or, explore the mountain’s family-friendly hiking trails, including trips to Little Zig Zag Falls and Paradise Park Loop, both short drives from Timberline. The new Timberline Bike Park is set to open August 2019, with all-ability lift-accessed trails. Visitors can also ride the U.S. Forest Service Timberline to Town trail, a five-and-a-half mile ride down to Summit Ski Area, which is operated by Timberline, in the town of Government Camp. Stop in for the new BBQ dining experience.
Timberline Lodge itself — a 1977 National Historic Site and scene of The Overlook Hotel from “The Shining” — kicks off its summer fun with a free Mt. Hood Stargazing Party on June 29, 2019 and another set for August 3, 2019. The lodge is also offering Yoga With a View on Thursdays July 11 through August 29, and free Live Music on the Patio Wednesdays through July and August 2019. The U.S. Forest Service also offers free 45-minute tours of the Lodge. The kids will love the heated outdoor pool (yes, at an elevation of 6,000 feet), open all summer. And the Magic Mile Sky Ride (adults $18, kids 6 and under free) offers spectacular views of Mt. Hood, Palmer Snowfield and Mt. Jefferson nearby. A free Labor Day Mountain Music Festival (Sept. 2, 2019) will cap the season with a full-day tribute to the Grateful Dead dubbed ‘Steal Your Mountain.’
Southern Oregon: Mt. Ashland
Mt. Ashland in Southern Oregon comes alive for a few hardcore trail events in the summer, including the Mt. Ashland Hill Climb run (June 8, 2019) — the 13.3-mile Hill Climb is for the die-hard enthusiast; with 5,600 of climbing to the summit at 7,533 feet, it’s the second-highest elevation gain of any hill climb in the U.S. Other events include the Mt. A 5K run (July 6, 2019) — all the way to the summit and back — as well as the Siskiyou Out Back Trail Run (July 13, 2019). This summer the resort will also host cultural events including In A Landscape: Classical Music In The Wild (July 8, 2019) and the SisQJam outdoor music festival (Aug. 3, 2019).
Eastern Oregon: Anthony Lakes
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort in Eastern Oregon is open for summer operations starting July 5, 2019, with Summer At the Starbottle—enjoy the deck at the resort’s Starbottle Saloon, a family-friendly restaurant that offers fresh, locally sourced food with spectacular views at 7,100 feet along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway. Located in North Powder (between La Grande and Baker City), the resort’s rugged terrain and accessible trail system make it a hotspot for mountain biking, with their annual Mountain Bike Festival (with free camping, live music and $10 chair lift rides) set for Aug. 3, 2019.