November 19, 1995

Oregon From The Awesome Mount Bachelor To The Historic Timberline Lodge, Oregon Offers Quite A Variety

Larry W. Earl Correspondent
 

The Cascade mountain range is home to most of Oregon’s ski resorts. Mount Hood - the state’s most notable landmark, rising 11,235 feet - is a winter playground with alpine ski resorts and dozens of cross-country ski trailheads.

The parking areas at the three ski areas mentioned in this story are designated Sno-Parks, and vehicles require an Oregon Sno-Park permit or valid permit from Washington or Idaho. Sno-Park permits are required from Nov. 15 through April 30 each year.

Here is a brief review of some of the ski resorts:

Timberline Lodge Ski Area

The centerpiece of the ski area is Timberline Lodge, a national historic landmark. The lodge sits in the middle of the chairlift system. Three chairs stretch above it to the 8,500-foot level, and three chairs reach down to an elevation of 5,000 feet.

The mountain offers 1,000 acres of skiable terrain, most rated for beginners and intermediates. From the top of Magic Mile chair to the bottom of Victoria Station, intermediate skiers can enjoy cruising speeds for almost two miles.

Snowboarders are welcomed and will have a new snowpark this season. Snowboard packages are available for skiers ages 13 and up for $45-$55, depending on board selection. The package includes rental equipment, lesson and lift ticket.

The lodge offers affordable family lift and lodging packages. Other lodging choices are available in Government Camp.

Information: Geographic location: south side of Mount Hood, six miles from Government Camp. Tentative opening date: Thanksgiving.

Lift tickets: The adult (ages 13 and older) lift rate on weekdays from 9 a.m. to closing is $23. Children (7-12) are $18. The Saturday and Sunday rate for adults is $29; $18 for children. The afternoon rate (1 p.m. to 10 p.m.) for an adult is $18. A reduced rate is available through G.I. Joe’s Ticketmaster outlets for $22 for an adult ticket for weekends.

Night skiing is offered Wednesday through Saturday evenings, from 4 p.m. to closing. Adult tickets are $10.

Day care: none.

Ski instruction: The ski hill offers the SKIwee program for children. A full-day package costs $60 and includes two lessons, lift ticket, rental equipment and hot lunch.

Nordic ski availability: A variety of nordic trails are located on Forest Service land on Mount Hood. Trail use is free, but a valid Sno-Park Pass is required.

Snow line: (503) 222-2211.

Mountain office: (503) 272-3311.

Central reservations, (800) 547-1406.

Tourism information: Mount Hood Area Chamber of Commerce, (503) 622-4822 or 622-3017. Portland/ Oregon Visitors Association, (800) 345-3214 (outside Oregon) or (503) 222-2223.

Mount Hood Skibowl

The Skibowl is the largest night skiing area in America. Thirty-three runs are lighted each evening, offering 210 acres of skiable terrain under lights. Prices go down with the sun.

The mountain’s 65 runs are spread out over three mountain faces and one huge bowl. You can join Skibowl Patrol members on weekends for a tour of the Outback Bowls.

The area has more expert runs than anywhere else on Mount Hood. These are primarily located in the Upper Bowl and Outback area. The mountain’s signature trail is Canyon Run, a black diamond on Upper Bowl. But there are also gentle beginner slopes and dozens of intermediate cruising runs.

If you are new to the mountain, I’d suggest trying the runs accessed by Lower Bowl and Multorpor Chair.

Lodging is available in Government Camp.

Information: Geographic location: south side of Mount Hood, 1 mile west of Government Camp. Tentative opening date: Thanksgiving.

Lift tickets: An all day/all night lift ticket costs $29 for adults (ages 12-64) and $18 for juniors (6-11) and seniors (65 and older).

An all day/all night surface tow pass costs. $10 for everyone.

A full day (opening to 4:30 p.m.) lift ticket is $24 for adults and $18 for juniors and seniors.

A night skiing only ticket (4:30 p.m. until closing) is $13 for adults and $11 for juniors and seniors. The hill remains open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Day care: none.

Ski instruction: Lessons for all abilities and interests are offered for $30 per hour for private lessons or $15 for a group lesson.

Nordic skiing: A variety of nordic trails are located on forest service land on Mount Hood. Trail use is free, but a valid Sno-Park pass is required.

Snow line: (503) 222-2695.

Mountain office: (503) 222-4158 or 272-3206.

Tourism information: Mount Hood Area Chamber of Commerce, (503) 622-4822 or 622-3017. Portland/ Oregon Visitors Association, (800) 345-3214 (outside Oregon) or (503) 222-2223.

Mount Bachelor

The mountain is BIG on mountain stats and guest services. There are 8,060 skiable acres with 3,200 acres directly accessed by lifts and 1,600 groomed acres encompassing the 60 marked runs. The base elevation is 5,800 feet, and the summit is 9,065 feet. The mountain receives over 300 inches of snow each year.

These stats, terrain diversity and snow conditions are why the U.S. national ski, cross-country and snowboarding teams all train here.

Terrain features include corduroy cruising runs, powder bowls, steep and deep chutes, and some of the best tree skiing in the West. The mountain uses a variety of signal colors to mark areas of moguls, off piste, tree skiing, enhanced terrain, snowboarding, easiest choice, corduroy, fall line cruising and super steep. You can safely choose your terrain according to your skiing level and desires.

There are 10 lifts providing access to the mountain, six of which are high-speed express chairs, which make 360 degrees of this mountain reachable by an express chair. This translates to less time in lines and on rides, leaving more time for skiing.

The mountain has lots of natural terrain for snowboarders, and the Terrain Park offers quarter pipes, bread boxes, motocross rolls and rail slides. Mount Bachelor will host the Grundig FIS Snowboard World Cup Finals on March 14-17. You can see the best in the world compete for points on the circuit.

Guest services on the mountain include doglsed rides for $60 for an adult. Children weighing less than 80 pounds ride for $30.

U.S. Forest Service rangers lead free snowshoe nature walks, alpine ski and geological tours, and crosscountry nature tours on weekends. Call the Bend Fort Rock Ranger District at (503) 388-5664 for details.

The Park ‘n’ Ride program offers free shuttle service for skiers from the Bend area to the mountain.

Slopeside lodging is not available. The towns of Bend, Sunriver, Sisters and Redmond offer a wide selection of accommodations, ranging from historic B&Bs;, cozy motels, major chain hotels, and plush resorts. There is even a youth hostel. Call (800) 800-8334 for special promotions.

Information: Geographic location: 20 miles west of Bend. Tentative opening date: Thanksgiving weekend.

Lift tickets: Full-day lift tickets cost $35 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and older) and $19 for children (ages 7-12). Half-day ticket rates are $30, $17 and $14, respectively.

Skiers also can use a computerized Alpine Point Ticket upon request. It costs $37 for a 200-point ticket and $73 for a 400-point ticket. Skiers place the tickets in a machine at the turnstiles for each chair lift. Depending on the lift, different amounts (13 to 20 points) are deducted from the remaining ticket point level. The tickets are good for three years and are transferable to other skiers.

The resort also offers the Inside Edge Advantage Card (a picture pass), which gives skiers a guaranteed discount off daily lift tickets. Your credit card is charged the lowest rate available for that day. Savings of 10 percent to 35 percent can be realized, depending on the dates the card is used to purchase lift tickets. Another advantage of the card is that skiers can bypass the ticket line and go directly to the lifts.

Day care: Day care is available for children 6 weeks and older at either the West Village Lodge or Sunrise Lodge. There are special programs for 3- to 6-year-olds. Rates are $31 for all day or $7.50 an hour for all ages. Reservations are recommended.

Ski instruction: All levels of lessons are available. The mountain uses the Perfect Turn system for its ski and snowboarding clinics. Special women’s programs are offered.

Nordic skiing: There are 56 kilometers of nordic trails available at the mountain. Trail fee is $9.50 for adults and $4.50 for youths.

Snow line: (503) 382-7888.

Mountain office: (503) 382-2442 or 382-2607.

Reservations: (800) 829-2442 or (503) 382-2442.

Tourism information: Bend Visitors Center, (503) 382-3221.

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This sidebar appeared with the story: WHAT’S NEW What’s new at Oregon resorts: Mount Hood Meadows A new high-speed detachable quad, Hood River Meadows, has replaced an older double chair.

Anthony Lakes Snowboarders will have a new snowpark with rails, jumps and a half-pipe.

Mount Hood Skibowl The popularity of the extreme inner-tube hill has convinced the management to keep it permanently. You really have to hang on and hope you fly and bounce correctly to get to the bottom. There is a kids’ hill, too. The super steep hills will be groomed with a Winch Cat to provide the best conditions for skiers with varying abilities. A free fall twin bungee tower will be in place for this season. This will give skiers a chance to “unwind” and “stretch” after hours of skiing on the slopes. There will be a shuttle between the east and west lodges. Pick-ups in Government Camp are available.

Mount Bachelor The popularity of the snowpark for snowboarders has encouraged the mountain to experiment this season with designing some snowpark areas for alpine skiers.


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