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Ski Oregon Conditions & Events

A frequently updated guide to what’s happening at Oregon’s mountain resorts.
December 3, 2023

Opening day was a blast—Mt. Bachelor and Timberline opened the weekend of Dec. 2-3, operations are currently on hold as an unseasonably warm weather system passes through. Mt. Hood Skibowl has also paused sledding as this current storm cycle passes through. Season passes, day tickets, lessons and rentals are all on sale now. Early season conditions exist, be aware of active machinery and unmarked hazards and obey all trail closures.


Latest Updates

Mt. Hood

  • Timberline Ski Area opened Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 with Pucci and Bruno lifts spinning. Resort operations are paused as a warm weather system passes through, with lifts expected to reopen on Thursday, Dec. 7. Please check resort websites and social media for updates. Lift tickets can be purchased on arrival, and private lessons are available by request. Early season conditions exist. 
  • Mt. Hood Meadows is awaiting snow ahead of the commencement of winter operations. The new six-seater replacing Mt. Hood Express is set to debut this winter. Passes are on sale now, with options including the Night Pass. The Beginner Progression Pass, or the Value Pass. The All Access Pass is another option that includes the Season Pass Exchange program.
  • Timberline Summit Pass is closed ahead of the winter season.
  • Mt. Hood Skibowl is closed ahead of the winter season. The resort plans to open for Day and Cosmic Tubing on Thanksgiving weekend! Tickets are available now.
  • Cooper Spur Mountain Resort is open with farm-to-table dining Thursday through Monday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and lodging specials. The resort is offering a series of Snowshoe Adventure & Dinners as well as nighttime Snowshoe Illumination Tours on select dates throughout the winter. The resort will open for lift-accessed skiing and snowboarding once conditions allow. Season passes are available now, with lesson registration opening up on Dec. 1.

Central Oregon

  • Mt. Bachelor opened for the season on Saturday, Dec. 2, with Little Pine and Sunrise lifts spinning. Resort operations are currently on hold as a warm weather system passes through; operations are expected to resume on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Please check resort websites and social media for updates. Thursday. Mt. Bachelor’s Nordic Center also opened for the season. The sixth largest resort in North America will debut an all-new Skyliner 6-person chairlift this season. Lessons, season rentals and daycare are available for reservation now.
  • Hoodoo Ski Area is closed ahead of the winter season.
  • Willamette Pass will set a new opening date for the winter season as conditions allow. The resort will be open seven days a week this winter. Tickets are on sale now starting at $19 when purchased in advance. Kids 12 and under ski free at Willamette Pass with the Kids Power Pass. Free Snow Experience lessons will be offered to first-time skiers and riders (ages 13+ ) with the purchase of a lift ticket or season pass. Lessons will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in a group environment. Kids Camp lessons are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 4-11 (for a fee), and are available to all ability levels. The resort has invested over 1 million in capital improvements this summer, including the conversion of the Peak 2 Chairlift to electric, the reopening of the Midway Chairlift, increased snowmaking capabilities, and more.

Southern Oregon

  • Mt. Ashland is scheduled to open for the winter season on Dec. 9, 2023, marking the nonprofit ski area’s 60th season. Season passes, day tickets, and Uphill Access passes (new for 23/24) are on sale now.
  • Warner Canyon closed ahead of the winter season. Please check the resort’s Facebook page for operation updates.

Eastern Oregon

2023-24 Winter Events

December 5: Hoodoo WinterVention – Bend, Oregon
December 9: Mt. Ashland Opening Date
December 12: Hoodoo WinterVention – Eugene, Lebanon, Sisters
December 14: Christmas Tree Lighting at Timberline Lodge
December 15–17: Dirksen Derby Snowboard Rally Race at Mt. Bachelor
December 19: Hoodoo WinterVention – Albany and Redmond
December 16-31: Celebrate the Season with pFriem at Mt. Hood Meadows
December 16: Live music at the Starbottle at Anthony Lakes (Hillfolk Noir)
December 17: Nigh Skiing opens at Mt. Hood Meadows
December 21 & 22: Breakfast with Santa at Mt. Hood Meadows
December 24: Christmas Eve at Timberline Lodge
December 24: Ski With Santa at Anthony Lakes
December 25: Christmas Day at Timberline Lodge
December 30: Live music at the Starbottle at Anthony Lakes (Bag of Hammers)
December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hoodoo: Lifts run from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., special dinner menu, live music in the lodge until midnight and a professional fireworks show on the mountain shortly after 9 p.m.
December 31: New Year’s Day at Timberline Lodge
January 15: Rotary Night at Mt. Hood Meadows
January 20: Anthony Lakes Cup at ALMR (dual slalom ski & snowboard race w/ Live Music)
January 22: Silcox Hut Winemakers Dinner at Timberline
February 10-11: Trouble Creek Cup at Anthony Lakes
February 10: Enchanted Nordic Trek, presented by FivePine and Shibui Spa at Hoodoo Nordic Trails.
February 24: Winter Carnival at Hoodoo
February 26: Silcox Hut Winemakers Dinner at Timberline (feat. Walter Scott Wines)
March 2: Viking Fest at Hoodoo presented by Sons of Norway
March 9: Ski To Defeat ALS at Mt. Hood Meadows
March 9: Bert’s day at Anthony Lakes
March 10 & 11: Oregon Cancer Ski Out at Mt. Hood Meadows
March 16: Preview the New ski and snowboard demo at Hoodoo
March 18: Wilcox Hut Winemakers Dinner at Timberline
March 22-24: Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge at Mt. Bachelor
March 26: 10th Annual Taste of Nordic at Anthony Lakes
March 30: Spring Brewfest at Mt. Hood Meadows
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 6: Ron Adams Memorial Banked Slalom at Anthony Lakes
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 2–5: Rendezvan at Mt. Bachelor
May 12: Mothers Day at Timberline
June 10: Silcox Hut Brewers Dinner at Timberline

Summer 2024: Roosevelt’s Terrace Distillers Dinner at Timberline

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 and check tripcheck in advance. 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:

  1.  Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
  2.  People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
  3.  Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
  4.  Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
  5.  You must prevent runaway equipment.
  6.  Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
  7.  Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  8.  You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
  9.  Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  10.  If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.

Backcountry Tips

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.

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.

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