There’s Snow in Them Thar Hills!

What are you planning for the three-day weekend ahead? Of course we’ll post our picks for the weekend in this Friday’s WOW! (What’s On this Weekend!), but we thought we’d take this opportunity to share some of the area’s best spots to ski and play in the snow since it might be the last snowy long weekend we get for a while!

Below are a few area family favorites. Where do you and yours like to go to get your snow on?

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort: Off Hwy. 35, Mt. Hood; 503.337.2222; Downhill, night and Nordic skiing plus snowboarding and more.

Ski Bowl: 87000 E Hwy. 26, Government Camp; 800-SKI-BOWL (754-2695); Everything from skiing to snowbiking. Ski runs range from a toddler run to Extreme Hill.

Summit Ski Area and Snow Bunny: Hwy. 26, Government Camp; 503-272-0256; Tubing in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area: Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood; 503-272-3311; Downhill skiing, lessons and a historic lodge.

Teacup Lake: Hwy. 35, Mt. Hood; Operated by the Oregon Nordic Club, this area is dedicated to cross-country skiing.

Portland Parks and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Programs: 503-823-PLAY (7529); Organized trips throughout the winter, including alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and more.

Cooper Spur Ski Area: 11000 Cloud Cap Rd., Mt. Hood; 541-352-7803; Downhill skiing, snowboarding and inner-tubing.

Little John Snow Play Hill: 31 miles south of Hood River on Highway 35; 541-352-6002. Undeveloped snow play area. Free (sno-park permit required).

Northwest Discoveries: PO Box 23171, Tigard; 503-524-9192, This organization introduces kids 11 and up (with a registered parent) to outdoor adventures such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and building snow caves and igloos.

Mt. Bachelor: 22 miles southwest of Bend on Cascade Lakes Highway, 13000 SW Century Dr., Bend; 800-829-2442; Offers downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and more.

Hoodoo Ski Area: Hwy. 20, 20 miles northwest of Sisters; 541-822-3799; Features Nordic trails.

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