While slopeside lodging isn’t the norm at all Oregon ski areas, there is a fun affordable ski-in ski-out alternative in the form of RV and camper parking right at the base of the slopes. This service is offered by many ski areas across Oregon. Amenities can range from simply a designated parking area to full hookups and dedicated 24-hour facilities. The benefits are consistently plentiful including affordable slopeside lodging, easy first tracks, and the après ski camaraderie among fellow campers. Be sure to purchase an Oregon Sno-Park permit in advance.
Whether deep winter, the warmer days of spring, or even in the summertime, anytime is a great time to try out ski camping. Use this guide for a memorable ski weekend or a great road trip linking up ski areas along the way.
Ski Areas Offering Overnight Camping:
Mt. Hood Meadows overnight campers can look forward to fresh tracks and incredible alpine views. Meadows offers 14 overnight RV spaces in a designated area in the main lot for self-contained RVs (no hookups or facilities) available on a first come, first served basis. Visitors must obtain a permit must be obtained from the Mt. Hood Meadows Parking Department in the main lot upon arrival. A maximum three consecutive night stay is allowed within any five night period. The resort is also host to an annual Adventure Van Weekend (2020 date TBD). Activities include open house vans, accessories for sale, Vanlife interaction, DIY van talks, food and beverage offerings and a base to start some awesome adventures from. The show is free to the consumer, camping is available for self-contained RVs – reservations are required.
Hoodoo Ski Area offers 32 RV sites with electrical hookups, plus 24-hour facilities including restrooms and showers. Hoodoo accepts reservations for the hookup sites and also offers pricing for non-hookup sites. The resort is open for skiing and snowboarding Thursday through Monday.
Mt. Bachelor offers overnight RV parking in the West Village lot with 24-hour facilities including showers available for $50–60 per night for the 20 electrical hookup spots or $20 per night for non-powered spots. All RV parking must be reserved and paid online or at a ticket office (during open hours only). Mt. Bachelor introduced a popular overnight camping event, RendezVan in spring of 2019. This weeklong event includes live music and a daily roster of activities, dates for the second annual event are April 22-26, 2020. The resort is also offering summer RV/overnight parking starting June 13, 2020.
Willamette Pass offers electrical hook-ups for the first ten RVs each day on a first come, first served basis for $20 (or $10 without hookups). The resort operates Wednesday through Sunday.