87000 E Hwy 26, Government Camp, OR | Directions 9702845.301742 -121.772459
One of the more economical locations for skiing and boarding and the only place with night skiing. Plenty of runs and lifts to terrain including a stunt park with rails and ramps. Tubing, snowmobiling, lessons and sleighrides. Always kind and helpful staff renting equipment and running the lifts. Love the historic warming hut at the top one of the runs, take a break with a beer, wine or hot drink, grab a snack and warm up by the fire before you tackle the slopes some more.
Can't Complain -- Good Skiing at Great Price – In my opinion, Skibowl is resort that offers good skiing at a great price.
The resort: 4 major lifts plus some surface tows. The lifts are bit old, but do the job. There is a great variety of trails in all difficulties. I can take my 3-year-old and spend a day on greens, while my 9-year-old scales blues and black diamonds, and my husband has fun on double-diamonds. There is something for everybody. The runs are well groomed with few of the more challenging one left alone with more powder on them.
The night skiing is exactly what Skibowl says: the largest in North America and offers great selection of runs.
There are two decent restaurants and then few of the usal cheap fare places. I definitelly recommend Beer Stube with their signature nachos and Snow Bunny for a drink -- it's awesome!
We love the shuttle -- on the rare days we get there late and parking lot is full, the shuttle works great in getting us from Government Camp to the slopes and back.
Day skiing is around $10-$20 cheaper than other Mt.Hood resorts, night skiing is also extremelly affordable, especially if you hit Ladies Night ($15 skiing every Tuesday -- i don't think you can beat that anywhere else in Pacific Northwest).
The only complaint i have was against their ski school -- while they do good job teaching, the safety seems to be bit relaxed.
However, all in all, Skibowl is great resort. We love to go there and will keep coming. To the reviewer that complained below, i have to agree with the 'different view': 1) New Years is understandably THE busiest night of the season for most hospitality businesses, so you really can't complain about the crowds 2) the prices will be little higher on New Years -- com'on, it's holiday and special night with fireworks and extended hours and 3) Skibowl doesn't have more black diamond runs than other resorts in the area. In fact, i think their black diamond runs are actually easier than on other Mt. Hood resorts. Like i said, i can take my little one there wihtout any problems.
I definitelly recommend Skibowl!
a different view – this is in response to the other review. That girl is an idiot. Ski bowl is a fairly sweet resort. Granted timberline and meadows are far better resorts during the day, but you can't beat the amount of night skiing available at ski bowl. It has a solid variation of runs available at night, including two terrain parks, when timberline and meadows rarely offer 1 at night. As far as the service and the time you spent waiting, ahhhh duh, you went on new years eve, what we're you expecting. Most nights I go, I rarely have to wait inline more then a minute to get onto the lifts. Granted the lifts themselves are slow, something I wish they would fix, but it is an old resort. There customer service could be better i admit, some of the cashiers and managers are twits (constantly saying I'm not authorized to help you with that, let me go grab someone else who isn't authorized either.) Anyway, by far not the worst experience at a ski resort. If you think that sucks, try skiing in Wisconsin.
Worst first experience here... it would take a lot for me to go back! – I have been snowboarding since I was twelve. I have consistently gone (to Meadows and Timberline) at least twice every season since, so I'm not an expert but I love the sport. I've held off night skiing for a few reasons; I'm afraid of skiing in the dark is one main reason. So when I heard that Ski Bowl had one of the best night skiing spots in the country, my boyfriend and I thought we'd try them out for New Year's Eve. Needless to say, when I left, I was out $70 for the lift tickets and very dissatisfied. First, the website quoted $30 for the lift tickets, but when we went to pay for them, it cost us $35. What was I supposed to do? Drive an hour up here and not pay to go snowboarding?! Then, when the first parking lot was full, we parked in the satellite lot and waited for a 10-person VAN (not BUS that Meadows offers for shuttles) which we had to fight over with the crowd of other people there. After waiting 40 minutes, we finally arrived at the main part of Ski Bowl where we examined the map of trails. For my boyfriend whose a beginner, he was nervous about all the BLACK diamond trails that interlaced the beginner trails. We understand that it was New Year's Eve, and it's expected to be crowded. But I didn't see the effort put forth by Ski Bowl to accommodate this volume of people and make everyone's skiing experience a good one. By the time we got on the slopes, my boyfriend and I were in such a bad mood, we only took one run down the mountain and then proceeded to wait again for 40 minutes for a shuttle and drive home completely disappointed. I will not be going back to Ski Bowl again and will be telling everyone I know that night skiing there isn't worth the horrible customer service and disorganization.
With 960 acres of snow to carve up and the country's largest night-skiing area, you can't go wrong. – The Scene
The vertical drop may not be as intense as some resorts, but Mount Hood Ski Bowl makes up for it by cutting a wide swath across the mountainside, offering a multitude of runs. The season generally lasts from mid-November to mid-April, and the slopes are less than an hour from Portland. Snowboarders will be pumped about the snowboard park, which includes a half-pipe, rail slides and jumps--no skiers allowed.
Skiers and boarders can get on the mountain from two locations: Ski Bowl East or West. Once on the mountain, skiers can enjoy 65 day runs and 34 night runs, with the longest run, Skyline Trail, measuring three miles in length. The terrain is diverse, and the outback--300 acres of it--has some of the most challenging runs around. Tom Dick Peak is a destination for many exploring the outback.
Vertical drop: 1,500 feet
Top elevation: 5,066 feet
Lifts: 4 double chairs and 5 tows
Skiable acres: 960 (with an additional 300 in the outback)
Snowboarding: Full facilities
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