From early April through Memorial Day weekend, Oregon reigns supreme with the most lift-accessed terrain available anywhere in the country. Three ski areas — Timberline Lodge & Ski Area and Mt. Hood Meadows on Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon — keep the lifts spinning, laying down fresh corduroy runs and grooming freestyle park features throughout the month of May. The truth is this is when you find some of the best and most consistent ski conditions of the year along with great spring events. It’s that magical time of uncrowded slopes, non-existent lift lines and long sunny days —it’s T-shirt and sunglasses season, people.
In contrast to deep winter snowstorms, spring skiing in Oregon is all about following the sun. For the best spring experience, keep an eye out for warm, sunny days, then get up early to experience fast groomed runs, which quickly transition into slushy corn snow through the early afternoon.
From March 26 through closing weekend (May 29, 2022), Mt. Bachelor’s lifts are spinning, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until April 25, then 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., seven days a week, with the Nordic Center open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alpine Spring Passes offer unrestricted all-mountain lift access, valid for up to 65 days of skiing or snowboarding throughout the spring.
All available terrain is scheduled to remain open weather permitting through the end of April. Then in May, more than 2,000 acres of intermediate to advanced terrain will remain open accessing numerous runs as well as terrain parks and a halfpipe. The main West Village Lodge facilities are open, as well as the rental, demo and ski school departments, which operate through the end of the season. Mt. Bachelor also allows overnight RV and trailer camping for a fee at the base of the lifts in the West Village Main parking lot.
Mt. Bachelor is host to numerous spring events including Subaru Winterfest, weekly Snow Beach events, Peace Park Sunday sessions, the Woodward Peace Park Championships, the sold-out RendezVan, closing weekend pond skim, and more.
In the spring, the parking lot is home to trucks and vans loaded up with mountain bikes, drift boats and dirt bikes. With the afternoon free, you can follow the lead of these Bend-ites and transition from skiing to mountain biking the popular Phil’s Trail network; the trailhead originates on the return drive back to Bend. Or book a rafting trip on the Deschutes River with Sun Country Tours. The most popular spring trip is the Big Eddy Thriller, a three-mile journey through Class III rapids. This stretch of river is just minutes from Bend, with the round-trip adventure completed in just two hours, which leaves plenty of time to make it to happy hour downtown.
Timberline Lodge & Ski Area
Timberline Lodge & Ski Area is by far the most recognized late-season ski destination in the country, with the longest ski season in North America. In spring, the resort grooms and maintains five separate terrain parks across the mountain. Once summertime hits, the upper glacial slopes serve as the official training site for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Teams, as well as a destination for freestyle ski and snowboard camps. Throughout the month of May, Timberline operates from 9 a.m. to 2/3 p.m. seven days a week before transitioning to summer skiing after May 30, 2022.
Timberline traditionally runs the “best three lifts” daily. Depending on conditions this can include the uppermost Palmer Lift, which rises to 8,540 feet on the Palmer Glacier. This wide-open, above-tree-line run features one of the most spectacular views across Oregon, with Trillium Lake sparkling through the endless blue and green foothills.
Timberline offers a spring pass for $237, which is on sale through May 8, 2022 and valid through May 30, 2022.
Mt. Hood Meadows
Mt. Hood Meadows is open daily through Sunday April 24, and Friday through Sunday April 29–May 1 and May 6–7 . Access the famous Buttercup and the beginner-friendly Buttercup Fun Zone, as well as Vista Express, Mt. Hood Express and Cascade Express at an elevation of 7,300 feet. In addition to fresh groomers, the Vista Park, banked slalom course and halfpipes are all groomed for spring riding. The Sno-Kona Pond Skim on May 7, 2022 is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the season under the sun. This caps off a great Spring season of events.
Take advantage of special Spring Pass Package, which includes a Spring Pass, three 2-hour group lessons and unlimited rentals for the rest of the season, priced for agers 13 plus and for kids 4-12.
April 2-3, 2021: Subaru Stoke Weekend at Mt. Bachelor
April 8: Prequel (throwback freeride Event) at Hoodoo Ski Area
April 8: Vista Snowshoe Tour at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 9, 2022: Mazot Fest at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 10: Vista Snowshoe Tour at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 16: Pride Day at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 17: Easter Brunch at Timberline Lodge
April 16: 10 Barrel Easter Egg Hunt at Mt. Bachelor
April 20–24: RendezVan at Mt. Bachelor
April 23: Suits and Boots at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 24: Peace Park For The People at Mt. Bachelor
April 30–May 1: reVEGETATE Ski & Snowboard Contest at Mt. Hood Meadows
May 7: Sno-Kona Pond Skim at Mt. Hood Meadows
June 3 & 4: Morel Mushroom and Brew Dinner, Featuring pFriem at Mt. Hood Meadows