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Oregon is the Place for Spring Skiing & Snowboarding

May 4, 2018 (Updated March 12, 2024)

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 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.

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort

Mt. Bachelor

From April 1 through the end of May, Mt. Bachelor’s lifts are spinning, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until late-April, 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, 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 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 at the end of May.

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 an affordable spring pass, which is valid through the end of May, offering 78 total days of spring skiing and snowboarding on Mt. Hood.

Mt. Hood Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows is open daily through late-April, and then Friday through Sunday through early May as conditions allow. 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,  Vista Park and the halfpipe are groomed for spring riding.  The annual Pond Skim is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the season under the sun.

Take advantage of the discounted Spring Pass of the 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 ages 13 plus and for kids 4-12.


March 16: Preview the New ski and snowboard demo at Hoodoo
March 18: Wilcox Hut Winemakers Dinner at Timberline
March 23: Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge at Mt. Bachelor
March 23: Pride Day at Mt. Hood Meadows
March 24: 10th Annual Taste of Nordic at Anthony Lakes
March 30: Spring Brewfest at Mt. Hood Meadows
March 30: Starbottle Throttle Banked Slalom at Anthony Lakes
March 30: Rodeo Day at Hoodoo
March 31: Easter at Timberline
April 6–7: Snake Run Rally snowboard race at Hoodoo
April 6: Burton Mystery Series at Mt. Bachelor
April 6: Full Sail Banked Slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 8: Silcox Hut Brewers Dinner at Timberline
April 12 & 13: Everybody’s Mazot Fest at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 13: Spring Fling 2024 at Hoodoo
April 20: Pride Day at Mt. Hood Meadows
May 4: Double Mountain Pond Skim at Mt. Hood Meadows
May 2–5: Rendezvan at Mt. Bachelor

About The

Annie Fast
Annie Fast is a lifelong snowboarder and traveler. She was the editor of TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine and prior to that worked at the summer snowboard camps on Mt. Hood. Annie writes about outdoor adventures from her home in Bend.