Mt Hood – Oregon’s Majestic Mountains For A Spectacular Ski Trip

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Oregon has one of the best and thrilling ski slopes. If you are planning on an Oregon ski vacation, there are a number of ski resorts to choose from within the state. A very pleasant ski vacation is guaranteed in Oregon.

If you are looking for a place to stay during your vacation, you may want to consider Timberline Lodge. This beautiful lodge is located in Mt. Hood, which has one of the most majestic ski slopes you can ever see in the state of Oregon. If you fancy some history in your vacation spot, then Timberline Lodge will definitely interest you. The lodge was built during the Great Depression and has already seen many decades of local history unfold. Are you a fan of the movie “The Shining”? Well, parts of the film were shot at Timberline.

Another great area in Oregon is the Willamette Pass. This is the home of the United States Speed Skiing Team. This particular ski area is the third largest in the state of Oregon. If you fancy speed skiing or racing, the long and steep slopes of Eagle Peak is the perfect for you. Willamette Pass prides itself on being one of the highest base elevations in the Northwestern United States. Here is a little trivia – Willamette Pass has a snow-making system and the only one fully operational in the state. This allows for a miles and miles of smooth snow perfect for your ski vacation.

There is also Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, located in Powder, Oregon. Anthony Lakes is considered a “Hershey’s Kiss” because of its 900 feet of vertical on 21 runs. However, its area for snow riding is vast. The scenery from its peak, which is 8,000 feet, is the view of Elkhorn and Eagle Cap Mountains.

If you fancy taking a vacation on an extinct volcano, you should try going to Mt. Bachelor. There are a great many lodges available for you to stay in while on vacation. There are two locales that cater to vacationists – Bend and Sunriver. Bend is excellent for those who would like to prowl the area at night because of the active nightlife that exists in the area. Sunriver, on the other hand, is offers a year-round retreat. The area has many luxurious hotels that can accommodate groups of friends and families.

Oregon is a very beautiful place. If you are looking for a grand ski trip, Oregon is the best place to go, with its majestic mountains, comfortable hotels and lodges and hospitable and warm locals that will help make your vacation one of the best in your lifetime.

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Oregon Ski Vacations

Oregon is famous for the ski slopes found around the state, and if you are planning a ski vacation, you should definitely consider Timberline Lodge, located near Mt. Hood in Oregon. There is quite a bit of history in the area, starting with the lodge that was built during the Great Depression by a master craftsman. The Timberline Lodge also has a bit of more recent history attached to it. Part of the movie, The Shining, was filmed here. Many of the ‘outside’ shots were done at Timberline Lodge.

The lodge is entirely hand made, and well preserved. The hand woven draperies and the hand hewn beams add to the rustic charm and history of the place. The lodge sits in the middle of 1400 acres consisting of 35 trails. The trails are perfect for beginners, intermediates, and experts. The top elevation at Timberline Lodge is 8504 with a vertical drop of 2501. There are six chair lifts to accommodate skiers.

One of the most unique things about Timberline is that it is the one place in the United States that offers year-round snow skiing. Palmer Snowfield is part of the Timberline Resort, and it is permanently covered with snow. Beginners are not always allowed on Palmer snowfield – the conditions are considered each day when making this determination.

Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snowshoeing, and lodge tours are the main attractions at Timberline. Here, it is all about the powder! Mt. Hood is an active volcano which is considered to be dormant. Occasionally, tremors are felt, and steam vents are often visible. The Cascade Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, but the hours do change with the seasons. Other fare can be found at the Ram’
s Head Bar, the Blue Ox bar, the Wy’East Kitchen Cafeteria, the Market Café, and the Mt. Hood Brewing Company.

Rental equipment is not available at Timberline. You must bring your own equipment. However, smaller items such as gloves and goggles can be purchased at the lodge, along with some clothing items. There is a snowboard and ski school on the premises, and private and group lessons are available.

If the idea of a ‘rustic’ ski vacation appeals to you, as opposed to trips with accommodations that are a bit fancier, then Timberline Lodge in Oregon is the place to be! Again, it is definitely all about the history and the powder here. However, whether you ski or not, you must not miss the Magic Mile, which offers a panoramic view of the Cascade mountains that cannot be matched!

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