: Mt. Hood Meadows

Ski Oregon Conditions & Events

A frequently updated guide to what’s happening at Oregon’s ski areas.
December 6, 2019
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The Latest Updates

WINTER IS HERE! It’s time to ski and snowboard! Timberline,  Mt. Hood Meadows and Mt. Bachelor have already opened for the season with more ski areas awaiting snow.

  • Timberline Ski Area is open for the winter 2019/2020 ski season. The resort expects to operate 7 days a week from 9am- to 4pm weather permitting with two lifts, Bruno and Pucci currently operating. The resort will have rentals available and will be offering private ski lessons (no groups) until December 7. Check the conditions report for updates.
  • Mt. Bachelor is open seven days a week. Current mountain lift operations include Little Pine and Red Chair. These lifts also give access to a Woodward Hike Park open in the West Village base area. All lift services operate daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm with discounted ticket rates in effect. The nordic center is also open for the season.
  • Mt. Hood Skibowl tubing hill and cosmic tubing are open on weekends from 11:00am – 8:00pm.
  • Mt. Hood Meadows is open for the season as of this Friday, December 6th, with four lifts on a 17 inch natural base, supplemented by snow harvesting. Mt. Hood Express, Daisy, Easy Rider, Buttercup and the Ballroom Carpet lifts will operate from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The resort plans on continuing daily operations, and snow is in the forecast this weekend.
  • Summit Ski Area is open for tubing and food & beverage weekends from 9am – 4pm.
  • Mt. Ashland is open for the season as of Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019! The Sonnet, Comer and Windsor lifts are scheduled to operate from 9:00am to 4:00pm Thursday through Monday.

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Yeti & Squatch, the poster creatures of the Travel Oregon winter campaign are on a book tour and you’re invited.  Attend one of the readings and snag a free copy of “Yeti & Squatch in the Winter Wonderland of Oregon” while supplies last. The tour runs from Dec 7 through Dec 21. Full tour list at this link. 

New Additions This Winter:

In resort news Mt. Hood Meadows has added a new two acre paved overflow parking lot which can accommodate 250 additional vehicles this winter. The new Sahale Lodge build is on track for a December 2020 opening.

Mt. Bachelor had a busy off-season, with announcements on the new Mt. Bachelor Woodward Mountain Park, plus new beginner terrain in the Sunrise base area, three new beginner lifts and a remodeled Sunrise Lodge with increased parking.

Mt. Ashland has continued upgrades to the historic lodge and visitors will see many welcome improvements inside and out. The resort has also added dozens of new tree lines thanks to forest management over the summer.  Lift upgrades include a new haul rope and drive on Comer, and comfort bars added to the Sonnet beginner lift.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 7, 2019: Season Kick-Off Party at Mt. Hood Meadows

Saturday, December 7, 2019: Snow Stomp party at Mt. Ashland from 2:00 – 5:00pm. Featuring live music, food and sledding.

Friday, December 13, 2019: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration at Timberline Lodge at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 14, 2019: Tentative opening day at Mt. Ashland Ski Area.

December 14, 2019: Winter Brew Fest at Mt. Hood Meadows featuring some of the Northwest’s finest microbrews. Meadows will host locally owned and operated breweries who share a passion for the mountain and the outdoors.

Weekend of December 13-15, 2019: Dirksen Derby 12 at Mt. Bachelor.The Dirksen Derby Rally Race is a snowboard and sit-ski race through a hand dug course.

Sunday–Monday, December 22-23, 2019: Breakfast with Santa at Mt. Hood Meadows featuring a fireside breakfast with Santa in Vertical’s North Pole! Get pictures with Santa and enjoy a build-your-own waffle and yogurt bar.  Reservations are required.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019: Christmas Eve at Timberline Lodge. Join in the annual Christmas traditions welcoming Santa, singing carols by candle light around the fireplace and enjoying a sumptuous meal. Dinner by reservation only.

 

Tuesday, December 31: Welcome in the New Year at Mt. Hood Meadows

Welcome in the New Year at Mt. Hood Meadows Timberline Lodge & Ski Area with night skiing begins at 4 p.m. and continues until midnight. Dancing the night away with Nobody’s Sweetheart. Warm up in the Ram’s Head Bar and fireworks show at 10 p.m. Or make a reservation in the Cascade Dining Room for a NW Alpine inspired multi-course New Year’s Eve dinner, which includes a champagne toast, favors, live music,  dancing, and fireworks.

Monday, January 20, 2020: Rotary Club Fundraiser at Mt. Hood Meadows

January 30–Feb. 2, 2020: Third annual Winter PrideFest at Mt. Bachelor featuring daily organized groups for Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, plus the popular Drag Tubing.

Saturday, February 1, 2020: Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) Junior Racers / Ellie Ski Day. Youth under 25 years old who have a disability and all U of O students with a disability are eligible for a full day of skiing and fun at Hoodoo Ski Area!

Sunday, February 2: Super Bowl Sunday at Mt. Hood Meadows

February 24-26, 2020: Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) Heroes Veterans Weekend. Heroes is held to honor PNW Veterans with a permanent physical disability and a caregiver with a weekend of winter fun in Central Oregon!

March 14, 2020: Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) Ski for All at Mt. Bachelor. This full day all-abilities ski-a-thon to ski/ride as many vertical feet in one day as possible to raise funds for OAS.

April 22-26, 2020: RendezVan Festival & Woodward Peace Park Championships at Mt. Bachelor. RendezVan is a multi-day event hosted by Mt. Bachelor that celebrates Pacific Northwest van culture with craft food and beverages, music, and spring skiing and snowboarding. The 2020 Woodward Peace Park Championships will feature a special, five-day-only championship course with public access available on April 26.

Opening Dates for the 2019-20 Ski Season

Mt. Bachelor is open. Check the conditions report for updates on additional terrain opening.

Mt. Hood Meadows is open! Check the conditions report for  continuing updates.

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area is open for the season. Check the conditions report for ongoing updates.

Summit Ski Area is currently open for sledding. Check the resort homepage for updates on 2019-20 winter operations.

Mt. Hood Skibowl is open for tubing on weekends. daddy tuned to the conditions report. 

Willamette Pass Resort is currently closed for the season. Check the conditions report for updates on opening.

Hoodoo Ski Area is currently closed for the season. Check the Mountain & Lift Status for the latest updates.

Mt. Ashland is open for the season as of Dec. 8, 2019, with operations scheduled from 9:00am to 4:00pm Thursday through Monday. Check the Mountain Report for updates. During Winter Break and Spring Break the ski area is open every day.

Cooper Spur Mountain Resort  is currently closed for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Follow the Cooper Spur website for updates.

Anthony Lakes Ski Area is currently closed. Check the website for updates on 2019-20 winter operations.

Ferguson Ridge is currently closed. Check the Ferguson Ridge homepage for updates.

Warner Canyon is currently closed for the season.

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About The
Author

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.

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