Have you been skiing in Oregon before?

We just got back from another day trip up to Mt. Hood Skibowl, a fantastic ski resort in Government Camp.

Mt. Hood Skibowl is a great place for families to ski.

Skibowl Military Discount

We decided to get season passes there this year. With their military discount we got a great deal. They offer military members half off tickets and half off season passes. For the military members family get 25% off. 

Skiing on Mt. Hood at SkiBowl

Mt. Hood Skibowl

The best thing about Mt. Hood Skibowl, besides having 65 runs, is the price.

Skiing on Mt. Hood can be expensive, but Ski Bowl is cheaper than most of the others.

The second best thing is the location. Located right off the highway as you get into Government Camp. Ski Bowl West is right before you actually go into Government Camp. This makes it the closest ski resort to Portland, Oregon.

Ski Bowl East is almost as close only a few more minutes away. One ticket gets you into their West and East sides.

Skiing at SkiBowl
The down side to Ski Bowl is their lifts. They only have two person lifts without the rail that comes down to rest your feet on. This can be challenging with kids. If your kid needs help, make sure to put them on the side where the lift operator can help you get them on the lift. There are multiple lifts. They also have three tow ropes. (I hate tow ropes. The only time I’ve ever gotten hurt trying to get up a mountain was on a tow rope.) 

One of the times we went to ski up here they were closed. Apparently depending on the month, they are not open every day. 

Like all ski resorts they offer lessons and have rentals available. 

Mt. Hood Skibowl with kids

Enjoying a sunset while skiing at Mt. Hood Skibowl

Night Skiing

Mt Hood Skibowl has the largest night skiing terrain in the country. All lifts, including the Lower Bowl, Upper Bowl, Multorpor and Cascade lifts have lighting, providing 34 lit runs. Night skiing is another great way to save money on skiing. 

Cosmic Snow Tubing

Cosmic Tubing at Skibowl Mt. HoodMt. Hood Skibowl also offers snow tubing, including cosmic snow tubing at night. This is the only place in the United States that offers cosmic snow tubing. 

Cosmic Tubing at Mt. Hood Skibowl

Cosmic Tubing at Mt. Hood Skibowl

The Snow Tube & Adventure Park at Skibowl East is open everyday for winter break through Jan.1st!

The tube hill includes 8 lanes of tube hills, the conveyer-assist lift, the Amazen Maze plus Frosty’s Playland with Kiddie Carousel, 4300 sq.foot Indoor Playland, Kiddie Snowmobiles, and the Multorpor Lodge.

Tubing costs

$27 adult, $22 kids. If you bought a special discount ticket make sure it is good that day. 

Ski Break

When you take a ski break head upstairs to the Beer Stube to load up on carbs, like Nacho Chili Cheese Fries or a mound of nachos. Nacho Fries at Skibowl

ski bowl nachos at the Beer Stube

Mt. Hood Shuttle

Mt. Hood Express transit is a public bus operating seven days a week between the city of Sandy and Timberline Lodge & Ski Area with stops at Skibowl West, the Best Western  Mt.Hood Inn, Collins Lake Resort, Government Camp East, and Timberline Lodge & Ski Area.

There are six Express bus runs every day and one additional late night bus run during the winter season from December 1 to March 31, 2o19. One-way fare is $2 and an all-day ticket is $5 (exact change required).

During the summer Mt. Hood Ski Bowl has an adventure park.

To plan your entire trip to Mt. Hood see our Mt. Hood Guide. It has suggestions on where to stay and eat.