Upcoming spring events include ski and snowboard competitions, live music and, of course, pond skimming! Image courtesy Mt. Hood Meadows
Oregon ski areas have been experiencing an incredible winter thanks to La Niña delivering near record-breaking snowfall amounts. This deep Oregon snowpack translates to a long spring skiing and riding season. While daffodils are blossoming and Oregon’s vibrant green foliage is flourishing, some of the continent’s best spring skiing & snowboarding conditions are still to be had here in Oregon!
Mt. Hood Meadows
The lifts are spinning at Mt. Hood Meadows, which currently has a base of 124-inches thanks to a whopping 529-inch snowfall total to date. What a winter! Meadows is hosting great events through the end of the season including the biggest event on the mountain, the 10th Annual Sno-Kona Pond Skim, on Saturday, April 29th, featuring fearless skiers and snowboarders attempting to ride across the frigid water of the 100-foot base area pond. The Ram’s Head Randonee alpine touring uphill/downhill race is on April 30th. The Double Mountain Season Ending Party will wrap up an awesome season on Saturday, May 6th and should be on everyone’s to do list.
Normally at this time of year, Mt. Bachelor would be running on a spring schedule with earlier lift closing times, but thanks to a huge snowpack and continued wintery conditions the resort is maintaining a 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. lift schedule through all of April with more than 4,000 acres of terrain available.
The event calendar at Mt. Bachelor is packed through closing weekend. Events include fun hybrid on-snow events that allow you to dip your toes into spring without having to say goodbye to winter including a Fat Bike Freeride Rally on Saturday, April 29th. Additional events include live on snow music and barbeques, the famous Pole Pedal Paddle, which is a mountain-style triathalon on Saturday, May 20th, and of course a closing weekend Pond Skim celebration on May 27/28th. The Springtacular Pass is on sale now and allows lift access through the end of the season.
Timberline Lodge & Ski Area
Timberline Lodge winter ski and snowboard season is scheduled through Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day weekend, with daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. lift operations. The uppermost Palmer high-speed quad lift will open when conditions allow, opening up access to even more wide-open terrain with incredible mountain views. Timberline Ski Area has the longest ski season in North America, as the resorts closes temporarily and then re-opens for summer skiing. With over 578-inches of snowfall this winter, we’re expecting a great summer ski season!
Upcoming events include the Airblaster Board Games snowboard contest on Saturday, April 29th. The Overlook Film Festival celebrating independent horror cinema in a fully immersive weekend, takes place April 27–30 at the Timberline Lodge aka “The Overlook Hotel” from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which will be shown during the 4-day festival. Looking ahead to May, the Timberline Lodge is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14th—what a great opportunity to celebrate your mom with a morning of skiing and a major brunch spread. Mimosa’s anyone?
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