: Mt. Hood Meadows Star Ridge. December 2, 2018. (Photo credit: Grant Myrdal)

Ski Oregon Conditions & Events

A frequently updated guide to what’s happening at Oregon’s ski areas.
December 6, 2018 (Updated December 12, 2018)
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Update for December 6, 2018

With the first full week of operations underway at many Oregon ski areas, skiers and snowboarders are finding plenty of snow and great early-season coverage. Visitors can expect to be rewarded with continued lift and terrain openings as ski areas ramp up heading into the holidays. Along with these openings, ski areas are also unveiling exciting new updates including expanded night skiing at Hoodoo, upgraded snowmaking at Mt. Hood Skibowl and more.

Daily operations are underway at Mt. Bachelor, Timberline Lodge & Ski Area and Mt. Hood Meadows with early season conditions as the snow base continues to build with each storm. Mt. Hood Skibowl continues offering tubing on weekends with the conveyor lift running from 11:00 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 pm on Sundays. Three new areas are firing up the lifts this Friday, December 7, including Hoodoo Ski Area, Willamette Pass and Mt. Ashland. This will bring the total number of areas operating in Oregon to seven!

On The Slopes

Mt. Hood Meadows documented the opening of The Cascade Express (video below), the highest lift at the resort. After digging the upper terminal out of the 15-foot banks of storm-driven snow, deicing, storm recovery and maintenance, the lift launched and carried thrilled skiers and snowboarders up to the 7,300-foot elevation for some first tracks on the upper mountain.

Cascade, Vista Express, Mt. Hood Express and Shooting Star Express are all scheduled to operate daily. Meadows is open daily with lifts scheduled from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Willamette Pass Resort will be offering reduced price $30 lift tickets during its limited opening, December 7–9. The resort will offer skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing/snowshoeing. Planned lift services will include the Twilight and Sleepy Hollow lifts on the lower mountain.

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area is now operating lifts seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Current lifts include Bruno’s, Pucci and Palmer with a 23-inch base depth at the lodge. Timberline features holiday celebrations throughout December and into the New Year. Check the conditions page for updates.

Hoodoo Ski Area opens this Friday through Sunday, December 7–9, with Manzanita, Ed and Easy Rider open and lifts running 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Discounted lift tickets are $40 (ages 13–64) and $31 (ages 8–12 and 65+). Lift tickets for kids ages 7 and under are always free at Hoodoo. The Autobahn Tubing Park will run  from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday–Sunday for $5 (the tow will begin running once snowpack allows).

Mt. Ashland’s opening day celebration, Day Onesie, features $25 lift tickets and First Chair honors for skiers and snowboarders who arrive at 8:30 a.m. to meet General Manager Hiram Towle who will be leading a parade of visitors outfitted in their favorite retro Onesie ski suits. Check the Mountain Report for updates.

Mt. Bachelor is offering a limited time FREE skiing offer for kids 12 and under. For all multi-day ticket purchases made by December 14, 2018, parents can get one free kid’s ticket per paid parent ticket, good for anytime this season with no blackout dates!

Great coverage on the frontside of Mt. Bachelor. December 03, 2018. (Photo credit: Anelise Bergin/Mt. Bachelor)

2018-19 Ski Area Openings

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort: Dec. 15-16. Reopening Saturday, Dec. 22.

Ferguson Ridge Ski Area: TBD (follow Ferguson Ridge on Facebook for updates)

Hoodoo Ski Area: Opening Dec. 7–9

Mt. Ashland: Opening Dec. 7–9

Mt. Bachelor: Open daily, Nordic center open

Mt. Hood Meadows: Open daily with night skiing beginning December 14. Nordic center is open Thurs-Mon.

Mt. Hood Skibowl: Open for tubing, skiing TBD

Spout Springs: TBD (follow Spout Springs on Facebook for updates)

Summit Ski Area: TBD (Check Summit conditions for updates)

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area: Open daily

Warner Canyon: TBD (follow Warner Canyon on Facebook for updates)

Willamette Pass: Opening Dec. 7–9 (including Nordic and snowshoe), reopening Dec. 14-16.

Pucci Chair at Timberline Lodge & Ski Area. (Photo credit: Ricky Hower)

Upcoming Events

December 14: Timberline Lodge Christmas Tree Lighting

December 15: Mt. Hood Meadows Winter Brew Fest

December 15 & 17: Mt. Hood Skibowl Santa Claus is Coming to Skibowl

December 19: Mt. Bachelor 60thAnniversary Party

December 22 & 23: Mt. Hood Meadows Breakfast with Santa

December 22 & 23: Mt. Hood Skibowl Santa Claus is Coming to Skibowl

December 23 – 24: Mt. Bachelor Santa on the Slopes

December 24: Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort Ski with Santa

December 25: Timberline Lodge Christmas Day

December 31: Mt. Hood Meadows New Year’s Eve

December 31: Mt. Hood Skibowl 31stAnnual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

December 31: Hoodoo Ski Area New Year’s Eve Party

December 31: Timberline Lodge New Year’s Eve

January 11: Participating resorts  Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day

January 19: Hoodoo Ski Area Backcountry Fest

January 21: Mt. Hood Meadows Rotary Night Fundraiser

January 21: Timberline Lodge Full Moon Snowshoe

January 24: Timberline Lodge RoxyAnn Winemakers Dinner

January 31: Mt. Bachelor LGBTQ Ski Weekend – Winter PrideFest

February 3: Mt. Hood Meadows Super Bowl Sunday

February 9: Hoodoo Ski Area Winter Carnival

February 14: Mt. Hood Meadows Valentine’s Day

February 14: Timberline Lodge Valentine’s Day

February 19: Timberline Lodge Full Moon Snowshoe

Snowboarder Matt Peterson at Mt. Bachelor. December 02, 2018. (Photo credit: Anelise Bergen/Mt. Bachelor)

 

Great conditions at Timberline Lodge & Ski Area. (Photo credit: Ricky Hower)

Stay In The Know

Be sure to check the Powder Alert, where you’ll find information on winter storms in the forecast and see which ski areas are in the eye of the storm. Also subscribe to the Ski Oregon email newsletter for updates throughout the winter.

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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