Cam McCaul hitting the Mt. Bachelor bike park. Image Mt. Bachelor
During the summer months, ski areas across Oregon introduce a whole new offering of recreational adventures. These fun and unique activities provide the opportunity for adventure for the whole family including downhill mountain biking trails, summer camps, scenic chairlift rides and even summer skiing. Check out this rundown of summer happenings at ski areas across Oregon. Also check out our complete rundown of summer events from biking and running races; to music, beer and wine festivals.
Mt. Bachelor comes alive for summer operations starting July 1, offering a plethora of opportunities for recreation, adventure and dining. Most notably are the 13-miles of lift-accessed downhill mountain biking trails in the Mt. Bachelor Bike Park. Sunshine Accelerator lift serves as a great introduction to the bike park for all ability levels, from there, riders can progress to Pine Marten Express for a combination of more advanced machine built and single track trails. Mt. Bachelor also offers mountain bike lessons at Gravity School , featuring instruction for those who want to learn or improve their biking skills. Popular one week Gravity Bike Camps are also offered for kids and teens during the months of July and August.
Additional activities include scenic chairlift rides offering spectacular views and solitude and a PDGA listed disc golf course flowing down the mountain from the top of the Pine Marten chairlift. Finally, the resort features sunset dinners at the mid-mountain Pine Marten Lodge beginning July 7.
Mt. Hood Meadows
Mt. Hood Meadows is offering six mountain camps this summer including the popular explorer and adventure camps as well as the addition of the Meadows Mountain Bike Camp. The camps are designed for different age groups with the right combination of adventures and learning experiences to forge friendships and a deeper respect for nature. The four-day camps begin in mid July and run into mid August.
Timberline Lodge & Ski Area
Timberline is home to the longest ski season in North America with lifts running though the months of June and September accessing the year-round slopes of Palmer Glacier. Visitors are invited to ski and ride the chairlift-accessed, groomed terrain on the South slopes of Mt. Hood. Don’t be surprised to see Olympic athletes and professional freestylers training in the private race courses, nonstop freestyle action in the ski and snowboard camps, and fun terrain in the public parks on the glacier.
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl transforms from a winter wonderland into a full-fledged Adventure Park in the summers. The base area located in Government Camp, just off Highway 26 features 20 attractions, from adrenaline activities including Go Karts at Malibu Raceway, bungee jumping, zip lines, lift-assisted mountain biking, a half-mile long alpine slide and more. The Adventure Park also offers a getaway for naturalists with scenic chairlift ride accessing the upper mountain and well-marked interpretive hiking trails.
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort reopens the area’s main lodge for Summer at the Starbottle, this unique dining experience features homemade and locally sourced produce, meats and beverages in a scenic and unique alpine setting. The foodie-focused weekend dining experience also includes live music. Summer at the Starbottle runs on weekends throughout the summer beginning July 9.
Cooper Spur Mountain Resort
During the summer months Cooper Spur Mountain Resort transforms into a summer wonderland and the ideal base camp for solitude and adventure. Visitors are able to easily access the recreation opportunities on Mt. Hood, the Hood River Valley and the Columbia Gorge, as well as numerous hiking and mountain biking trails on the slopes of the resort. End your day with a farm to table meal in the Crooked Tree Tavern & Grill.
Check out our full listing of events at Oregon Ski Areas including music festivals, biking and running competitions, beer and wine festivals and more.