The snow is falling in yet another La Niña winter, which means a cooler and snowier Northwest winter with huge snowfall totals likely once again. Several storms have already blown through building up the snowpack at area resorts with the lifts spinning at Timberline, Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Bachelor, Willamette Pass, Anthony Lakes, Hoodoo, and Mt. Hood Skibowl (details below). Our recent pre-season Powder Alert provides a look at the storms stacking up going into December!
In news for this season, Mt. Bachelor is celebrating its 65th season, Anthony Lakes is celebrating 60 years this winter, and Mt. Hood Meadows is marking its 55th season. Summit Pass in Government Camp has some upgrades including a new rental shop building and a new enclosed 250-foot Magic Carpet. This family area is also the end point for the Longest Vertical run in the U.S. down from Timberline (new in 2021-22). The Alpine Trail from Timberline to Summit Pass base area has been widened ahead of this winter for an even better ski experience. Timberline is also upgrading its night skiing experience with night lighting off of the Pucci chairlift allowing the addition of Thunder and School Yard park laps. (The resort is also replacing the original 1950s era pool, with removal this fall and a new pool coming summer 2023 … so no pool this winter). Willamette Pass has joined the Power Pass this season with new snowmaking and upgraded rental equipment.
Mt. Hood Meadows is now part of the Indy Pass, the resort has added two new Pisten Bully snowcats for improved grooming and freestyle terrain park shaping. The resort is rolling out several early-season packages to encourage mountain recreation this winter. Details to come!
Thinking of heading up to play in all that new snow? Read up on Safe Winter Driving first.
- Timberline Ski Area The snow is falling and the lifts are spinning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The snow depth as of early December is at 55-inches!
- Mt. Hood Meadows is open for its 55th season with lifts spinning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Nordic Center is also open. 2022/23 Season passes and multi-day lift tickets are on sale now.
- Timberline Summit Pass will be opening soon.
- Mt. Hood Skibowl is open with lifts scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Skibowl West area. The resort will then operate Monday–Friday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The resort is also open for daytime and Cosmic Tubing Saturday and Sunday by reservation. Season passes are on sale now.
- Cooper Spur Mountain Resort: Lodging is open, with the farm-to-table restaurant open Thursday – Monday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stay tuned for the ski resort opening.
- Mt. Bachelor is open for its 65th season, with operations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily conditions permitting. The resort is currently operating Pine Marten, Skyliner and Little Pine with plans to add more lifts as conditions allow. The Nordic center is also open.
- Hoodoo Ski Area is open select dates through December—Dec. 8–11, Dec. 15–18, Dec. 21-24 (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.), and Dec. 25. Lifts will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Willamette Pass is open as of Dec. 2, with operations five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The resort joined the Power Pass for 2022/23, with passes starting at $99.
- Warner Canyon is closed ahead of the season.
- Mt. Ashland is closed ahead of the season with the opening planned for Dec. 10. Season passes are on sale now.
- Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is opening for its 60th season on Saturday, Dec. 3, purchase your lift tickets online or in person. Anthony Lakes will operate Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17th and then open daily through January 1 from 9 p.m. – 4 p.m. Then, the resort will operate Thursday-Sundays, and major Monday holidays (MLK Day and President’s Day through Sunday, April 9. Season passes are on sale now. ALMR will celebrate its 60th season with $2 lift tickets on January 12, with celebrations and events planned for January 21.
- Ferguson Ridge is closed ahead of the season. The most up-to-date info is on the Fergi Facebook page.
- Spout Springs Ski Area is closed for the season. Currently for sale.
December 8: Christmas Tree Lighting at Timberline Lodge
December 16–18: Dirksen Derby at Mt. Bachelor
December 17: Scheduled opening day for Cooper Spur Ski Area (conditions permitting)
December 16-31: Celebrate the Season with pFriem at Mt. Hood Meadows
December 22 & 23: Breakfast with Santa at Mt. Hood Meadows
December 24: Ski With Santa at Anthony Lakes
December 31: Hoodoo New Years Eve Celebration
January 12: Anthony Lakes 60 Year Anniversary featuring $2 lift tickets
January 21: Anthony Lakes 60 Year Anniversary celebration
February 25: Winter Carnival at Hoodoo Ski Area
March 1–5: Winter PrideFest in Bend/Mt. Bachelor
March 4: Ski to Defeat ALS at Mt. Hood Meadows
March 4: Ski Bike Fest at Hoodoo Ski Area
March 5: Oregon Cancer Ski Out at Mt. Hood Meadows
March 11: Viking Fest at Hoodoo Ski Area
March 17 & 18: Spring Demo Days at Mt. Hood Meadows
March 18: Preview The New at Hoodoo Ski Area
March 25: Spring Brew Fest at Mt. Hood Meadows
March 25: Rodeo Day at Hoodoo Ski Area
April 1: Full Sail Banked Slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 7 & 8: Mazot Fest ft. Double Mountain at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 8: Spring Fling at Hoodoo Ski Area
April 9: Easter Egg Hunt at Hoodoo Ski Area
April 15: Pride Day at Mt. Hood Meadows
April 29: Pond Skim at Mt. Hood Meadows
Safe Winter Driving
Safety is no accident, but icy roadways can be an accident waiting to happen—read up on best practices for winter driving ahead of your planned outing. Consider delaying your trip until road conditions improve or utilizing public transit to get to the mountains.
Ski and Snowboard Safety
Skiers and snowboarders should always follow the Skier’s Responsibility Code, which exists to raise awareness that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce:
- Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
If you’re planning on heading into the backcountry, check current avalanche conditions at the Northwest Avalanche Center daily report for the Mt. Hood region. The Central Oregon Avalanche Center publishes forecasts for the area around Mt. Bachelor.
Those skiing in steep and ungroomed terrain should be familiar with Deep Snow Safety and become informed on traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain. Find more tips on skiing and snowboarding safety here. Avalanche forecasts are available through the Northwest Avalanche Center (Mt. Hood), Central Oregon Avalanche Center, and Wallowa Avalanche Center in Eastern Oregon.