Ski Areas in Oregon
-Home to 9 ski areas residing in the mighty Cascade Range which runs the full length of Oregon from North to South, dividing the Western and Central parts of the state, as well as 2 ski areas in Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon and 1 in the Warner Mountains in Southern Oregon for a total of 12. Oregon receives bountiful snow each Winter and is home to several tall glacial peaks and abundant powder skiing options.
Timberline Lodge (OR)
Resort Classification: (Class 4) Large
Timberline Lodge was constructed between 1936 and 1938 at an elevation of 6,000ft on Oregon’s Mount Hood. The ski area opened with a rope tow, and later a chairlift servicing the Magic Mile ski run just above the main lodge.
Over the years the terrain expanded, and an auxiliary “Day Lodge” was constructed which now handles most of the ticketing, rentals, and other services.
Timberline recently converted an old ski patrol shack known as the “Phlox Hut” and created ski in / ski out eating area, now known for it’s tacos and craft beer, as well as an outdoor fire pit for warming.
Timberline is well known for having the longest ski season in North America, typically lasting between 9-11 months of the year. They are also now famous for having the most lift served vertical terrain in America at 4,540ft, which includes two connecting trails down to the newly acquired Summit Pass.
While Timberline is technically a Large Ski Resort by the numbers, they seldom have the full height of the ski open, and do not run more than 5 lifts at any given time.
Having the most lift served vertical terrain in the U.S.
The longest ski season in North America.
The most historic and famous ski lodge in the U.S.
It’s massive terrain parks, spread all over the mountain, including Riding Camps with huge features during the Summer.
“Soft” outer boundary lines allowing for quality side country skiing.
Aside from the Palmer Snow Field, Timberline does not have much to offer in the way of steep terrain, which has garnered it the unflattering name of “T-flat”.
Timberline is notorious for putting the upper mountain lifts on hold or closing them completely for the day for slight changes in the weather, essentially cutting the mountain in half.
Over the last few years, Timberline has been prone to massive overcrowding, including huge lift lines, packed trails and skiers and riders not even able to park at the ski area or get up the mountain road due to full parking lots.
Once the longtime home of the $99 Spring Pass, Timberline has had a sharp increase in it’s season pass prices almost annually over the last several seasons, despite the minimal terrain and lift improvements.
Closest town with lodging:
The closest town with lodging for this ski area is: Lodging is available slopeside at the historic Timberline Lodge, it is also possible to rent out a historic lodge called the Silcox Hut on the upper mountain, only accessible by chairlift or snowcat. The nearby town of Government Camp also has a Grand Lodge, Condos for rent and a Best Western.
Closest City with An Airport:
The closest major city with a commercial airport for this ski area is: PDX Portland, OR. is 59 miles to the West via US-26 and I-84.
Season Pass Reciprocation:
Timberline Lodge is a long standing member of the Powder Alliance, which offers full season pass holders 3 days of free skiing and riding at the following resorts: Angel Fire, NM. Bogus Basin, ID. Castle Mt. AB. China Peak, CA. Dodge Ridge, CA. Eaglecrest, AK. Loveland, CO. Mission Ridge, WA. Mountain High, CA. Skibowl, OR. Sierra @ Tahoe, CA. Silver Mt. ID. Marmot Basin, AB. White Pass, WA. and Kiroro Japan
Base Elevation: 4,000ft
Peak Elevation: 8,540ft
Vertical Drop: 4,540ft
Skiable Acreage: 1,685
Annual Snowfall: 500″
Number of Trails: 42
Beginner Terrain: 20%
Intermediate Terrain: 50%
Advanced Terrain: 30%
Expert Terrain: 00%
Av. Opening Date: Late Nov
Av. Closing Date: Early Sept
Low Speed Doubles: 2
Low Speed Triples: 0
Low Speed Quads: 0
High Speed Quads: 6
High Speed 6 Packs: 0
High Speed 8 Packs: 0
Rope Tows: 0
Magic Carpets: 1
T-Bar / Pomas: 0
Gondolas / Trams: 0
Snow Cats: 2
- Snow Making
- Night Skiing
- Snow Tubing
- Nordic Trails
- Backcountry Gates
- Uphill Traffic Allowed
Vertical Feet of skiing, the most in the U.S.
- Ski Lessons
- Snowboard Lessons
- Equipment Rentals
- Snowboarding Allowed
- Small Terrain Park
- Big Terrain Park
Consecutive months of skiing, most in the U.S.!
- Slopeside Lodging
- Free Parking
- RV Camping Allowed
- Wifi Available
- Cell Service
- Pass Reciprocation
This chart represents the amount of different difficulty terrain:
SNow life ratings system.
Below is a series of ratings for this ski resort that is based upon the opinion of skiers and snowboarders directly associated with the Snow Life network of web pages. These ratings are based on personal experience from us actually going there and shredding it up. If an NR appears instead of the rating, it means we haven’t shred there yet, but rest assured, it’s on the list!!! Ratings are from 1-10, with 1 being poor, and 10 being the best.
sl rating: 7.3
Views / Scenery
If you plan to ski/ride on a weekend during peak season, make sure to get an early start, the timberline road opens at 7am and their parking lot fills up quickly, usually before 9am!
Resort hours and location
Below are the operating hours for the lift system during the Winter Season according to this ski resort.
27500 E Timberline Rd, Government Camp, OR. 97028
Weekdays: 9am – 4pm Winter, 8am – 2pm Summer
Weekends: 9am – 9pm *During Peak Season
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