1 . Cooper Spur Mountain Resort

Mt. Hood, Oregon

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Here’s a real Oregon mountain ski experience. We say real because we really can’t imagine it any other way – rustic, yet very comfortable, log cabins and condos. A classic steakhouse. A lodge with equally cozy hotel rooms. A classic steakhouse and lounge. And, of course, plenty of skiing.

It turns out that the hint of history at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort is real, too. It was once known as the Cooper Spur Ski Area, which has been open for almost a century, and its accommodations were the Inn at Cooper Spur. It had the distinct advantage of its location on the north side of Mt. Hood – home to some extreme skiing and boarding, which it still is, except that with the addition of chair lifts over the years it’s also quite family-friendly today. One of the best parts about Cooper Spur Mountain Resort is that as much as it is a real Mt. Hood ski resort, it’s also a pure adventure resort where you can hike, bike, raft and explore places like Cloud Cap National State Park and the Mt. Hood National Forest. Skiers and adventurers, unite!

Dates and Times

The Cooper Spur Ski Area is open Fridays from noon 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is also open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 20 - Jan 3 and March 20 - 28.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Tubing Center at Cooper Spur Ski Area now features an addition run and rope tow. Tubes are included.

Highlights

The dining room seats up to 50, and the professional catering staff at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort will make your Oregon group event unforgettable.

2 . Whispering Woods Resort

Welches, Oregon

CALL DIRECT: +1 (503) 622 - 3171

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An unforgettable ski experience awaits for you at Whispering Woods Resort where comforatable accommodations and spectacular activities come hand-in-hand.

Whispering Woods Resorts puts you just minutes away from Mount Hood Ski Bowl, the ultimate destination for incredible white-snow slopes. Perfect for skiiers and snowboardings of all levels, you'll be sure to find something that's right for you here. And you can also enjoy endless snowmobiling, tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing as well! Mount Hood Meadows, known as one of the largest ski resorts in Oregon, is also nearby! With slopes featuring elevations of 7,000 feet, this is a destination that you're sure to love! And when you're ready to unwind at the end of the day, your cozy accommodation at Whispering Woods Resort will be delightful. Enjoy their full kicthens, cable TV with DVD/VCR players, and the stunning mountain views in the distance! Plus with an onsite outdoor pool and hot tub, it's the perfect place to sit back and relax.

Address

67800 E. Nicklaus Way Welches, OR 97067

Related activities

Enjoy easy access to a beautiful 27-hole golf course, which is adjacent to the resort when you stay at Whispering Woods Resort!

Fun facts

The stunning Mount Hood is about 17 miles west of Whispering Woods Resort and rises 11,239 feet to the tallest point in Oregon!

3 . Best Western Hood River Inn

Hood River, Oregon

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 828 - 7873

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Here’s a chance to start your high-altitude Mt. Hood ski vacation in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Best Western Hood River Inn, in fact, is right on the river shoreline and features 158 rooms and suites plus a fantastic dining room – a hotel experience, a nature experience and skiing experience in one.

The recreation alone is worth the trip. Even if it’s not winter, there’s a private beach and a huge deck for outdoor dining, plus live entertainment in the lounge. Plus there’s something very liberating about surrounding yourself with the warm style of a riverfront hotel and the spectacular beauty of a river gorge – especially in winter – and complementing it by ascending the awe-inspiring Mt. Hood. The Hood River Inn is festive year round, and when nearby Mt. Hood opens for skiing, it’s spectacular. Each guest room is decorated in warm tones with particular attention to comfort, and the spacious suites have amenities including fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.

Getting there

From downtown Portland, follow I-84 – featuring world-class mountain and river scenery – to Exit 64. After exiting at Exit 64 take a left at the bottom of the ramp and take the first right into the Inn's entry drive.

Highlights

Five deluxe, spacious new Riverside Suites are available with up to three bedrooms, with fully-equipped kitchens, large flat-screen HDTV with Surround Sound, DVD players, and iPod docking stations.

Related Onsite Offerings

Eight conference rooms, including two ballrooms, total 12,000 sq. ft. of event space for your Hood River group gathering at the Hood River Inn.

4 . The Resort At the Mountain

Welches, Oregon

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 749 - 9063

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For all the skiing you can do from the newly-renovated Resort at the Mountain - Mt. Hood Meadows and four other resorts are nearby - your vacation here is just as much about what you’re doing when you’re not skiing. Which is a big part of what makes it perfect for our number four spot.

You can’t find a more straightforward name for an outstanding Mt. Hood area resort, but you’ll soon find that following its $14 million renovation and the addition of a full-service destination spa, at the Resort at the Mountain is anything but ordinary. Its rooms and suites offer a stunning take on mountain style, and the onsite activities never seem to end – tennis, golf, horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides, guided trail riding and even guided hiking and snowshoeing are, well, straightforward forms of entertainment here. Skiing rules around Oregon’s Mt. Hood, with more than 200 combined runs. Ski by day, night or even in the summer at Timberline, which conducts guided ski tours of Palmer’s Glacier. The Resort at the Mountain gives you plenty to come back to!

Related activities

The Resort at the Mountain is convenient to ski lessons for all levels at any of three resorts – Timberline, SkiBowl Ski Resort and Mt. Hood Meadows.

Fun facts

The nearby Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Resort is largest night skiing area in the United States.

Highlights

The Resort at the Mountain offers a 3,500-square foot spa that accentuates simplicity, nature and serenity for your majestic Mt. Hood spa getaway.

5 . Columbia Cliff Villas

Hood River, Oregon

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Your Mt. Hood ski vacation is: exciting? Thrilling? Flying down the slopes at breakneck speed? That’s what we thought. But here’s another angle to consider. What if you added a nice atmosphere of peace and pampering? That’s what you’ll find at Columbia Cliff Villas.

The vantage point alone will satisfy part of your desire for extremes. Columbia Cliff Villas is perched 200 feet above the Columbia River Gorge, featuring a crashing waterfall and a windsurfing beach in the summer and plenty of altitude to get you primed for some Mt. Hood skiing in the winter. And about the peace and pampering: these 28 units are beyond stylish, blending the modern with the mountains. Gourmet kitchens and up to three bedrooms of imaginatively designed space combine with subtle trappings that recall a traditional Oregon boutique hotel. In season, Columbia Cliff Villas is surrounded by world-class gardens, making it a romantic favorite. Come to think of it, maybe you could add a little romance to your Mt. Hood ski getaway. The slopes are just 20 minutes away!

Highlights

There are 28 villas at Columbia Cliff Villas ranging from one to three bedrooms with lockout doors – terrific for families and larger groups.

Related activities

The Hood River area is home to more than 40 superb wineries.

Related Onsite Offerings

Meeting rooms at Columbia Cliff Villas are perfect for wedding receptions, private celebrations, wine tastings, dinners, business meetings, retreats and much more.

6 . Mt. Hood Resort Condominiums

Welches, Oregon

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The outer appearance of Mt. Hood Resort Condominiums is decidedly low-rise, especially when you consider that it rests in the shadow of the majestic Mt. Hood. And that’s part of what makes it decidedly appealing, when you consider that inside is a world of privately-owned style.

Spacious, modern and comfortable in every detail, these two-bedroom Mt. Hood condominiums have sculptures, artwork and other unexpected pleasures that give your ski vacation real personality. This, and the combination of the golf course and the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness that graces the southern side of Mt. Hood, make Mt. Hood Resort Condominiums a uniquely thrilling place to stay in between runs. Or after them. The fireplaces in these units – made from Cascade rock – just call out for some après-ski relaxation. This is an Oregon ski getaway that makes even the purposely wild surroundings seem as serene as they are exciting.

Highlights

The private balconies from your condominium at Mt. Hood Resort condominiums overlook the golf course at the Resort at the Mountain.

Related activities

The nearby Eagle Creek and the Salmon River are excellent for steelhead, chinook, coho salmon and cutthroat trout fishing.

Getting there

From Portland International Airport, take Airport Way and the follow signs for Interstate 205 South (Portland/Salem). Stay on Interstate 205 South for approximately two miles to exit 22 (Interstate 84 East, The Dalles). Take Interstate 84 East to Exit 16, Wood Village/Gresham. Turn right at the stop sign onto 238th Avenue. Go approximately three miles and turn left onto Burnside Road. Burnside turns into Highway 26 East. Take Highway 26 East through Sandy. Continue approximately 16 miles and turn right at the stop light in Welches onto Welches Road. Go about one mile and turn left (past the first Resort entrance) at the Tartan's entrance. Continue through the parking lot and turn right on Bowman's Circle. Go straight past the Locker Room. The two-story buildings will be straight ahead.

7 . Hood River Hotel

Hood River, Oregon

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 386 - 1859

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Here’s living proof that while a mountain like Mt. Hood may be timeless, a hotel can actually put a bid in for that distinction too. The Hood River Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and lends the feel of a classic country inn to your Mt. Hood ski getaway.

That means that when you’re not on the slopes, you’re likely relaxing in any of a wide selection of equally stunning rooms and suites, featuring lace canopy and four poster beds and loaded with period décor. Or you could be unwinding in the new exercise facility, featuring a whirlpool and sauna. That’s not to mention the restaurant, Cornerstone Cuisine, which features an organic, “freestyle” take on all three meals. You might think that a place like the Hood River Hotel, almost by definition, would be a great place for a romantic Oregon ski trip. And you’d be right – several of its rooms are designed just for two, and romantic packages feature items like chocolate, roses, candles, etched wine glasses…you get the idea!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Hood River Hotel also features a 3,500-sq.-ft. full-service meeting and conference facility, perfect for conferences and events for up to 100 or more.

Related activities

Take a fascinating self-guided tour of the ice caves located ten miles west of Trout Lake on Highway 142.

Fun facts

The original Hood River Hotel was an annex to the Victorian Mt. Hood Hotel, built in downtown Hood River with the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in the 1880s.

8 . Vagabond Lodge

Hood River, Oregon

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 963 - 6158

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Not only is our No. 8 spot your one-stop shop for Mount Hood ski vacations, it also serves as a gateway to Oregon’s picturesque Hood River Valley. Native wildflowers and ponderosa pines encircle this Pacific Coast retreat, but you’ll find a whole lot more than spectacular Oregon scenery at Vagabond Lodge.

While some Mount Hood ski resorts offer a sampling of local flavors and Oregon mountain cuisine, Vagabond Lodge bears the peculiar honor of offering the absence of flavor – in its taps, that is. Pure, clean mountain water flows straight from Mount Hood’s bubbling springs and onto your tongue without leaving a trace of that dreaded metallic aftertaste. If you think these waters are refreshing, wait until you experience the chilly currents of the Hood River. Winding through the Columbia River Gorge a short distance from the lodge, this picturesque Oregon water feature doubles as an internationally-recognized windsurfing destination. For those who prefer carving alpine powder to cruising Hood River’s waters, the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows are best known for their wide range of ski-able terrain. Steep bowls, challenging valley trails and jaw-dropping Heather Canyon descents are scattered about this Oregon ski resort, perched on Mount Hood’s sun-facing side. And back at Vagabond Lodge, select lodge rooms and suites include stone fireplaces, full kitchens and en-suite whirlpools for both comfort and convenience on your Mount Hood ski vacation.

Related Onsite Offerings

Vagabond Lodge’s whirlpool suite features a spacious whirlpool tub brimming with the pristine waters of a Mount Hood spring.

Highlights

Birdwatchers can spot red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and more birds of prey riding the updrafts over the Columbia River Gorge.

Fun facts

The Vagabond Lodge was built by the Cranmer family, who still maintain the five-acre property today.

9 . Mount Hood Inn

Government Camp, Oregon

CALL DIRECT: +1 (503) 272 - 3205

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Before we boast about our No. 9 pick, we have to ask you one question: how do you feel about heights? We’re not trying to pry; we’re only asking because Mount Hood Inn is located at a spectacular 3,500 ft. above sea level. In addition to its high altitude locale, this Mount Hood resort also offers discounted lift tickets for your Oregon ski vacation!

If you’re a fan of craft beers or just looking for a taste of the Pacific Coast, stroll over to Mount Hood Inn’s well-known neighbor, the Mt. Hood Brewing Company. This cozy pub offers its share of tasty Oregon brews, but it also doubles as a casual eatery that’s perfect for the whole family. While we’re on the subject of good eats, we really ought to mention another feature that landed the Mount Hood Inn on our Top 10 list: a complete breakfast that’s as tasty as it is free! And speaking of neighbors, you’ll find not one, but four spectacular Oregon ski areas –Meadows, SkiBowl, Summit and Timberline – on the surrounding mountain slopes. You could spend hours on your Oregon ski vacation gazing at your in-room TV, or you could forgo technology in favor of the spectacular views of Mount Hood framed by your room windows. Mount Hood Inn is set in the center of the Mt. Hood National Forest and its scenic trails, meandering streams and spring-fed lakes serve as a postcard-perfect backyard throughout your stay!

Fun facts

Summit Ski Area is located at the east end of Government Camp and was one of the earliest developed ski resorts on Mount Hood.

Related activities

Cross country skiing, waterfall hikes, mountaineering, ski racing, snowboard camps, kayaking and rafting, fly fishing and more.

Highlights

Mount Hood Inn’s bubbling hot tub serves as an excellent après-ski resting place. Or, skip the crowd and snuggle up in the comfort of your in-room spa tub on a romantic Mount Hood weekend or ski vacation.

10 . A Majestic Mountain Retreat

Government Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon

CALL DIRECT: +1 (503) 686 - 8080

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If you’ve always fantasized of a fantastic Oregon ski vacation but aren’t willing to forgo the modern comforts of home, our No. 10 pick will get you up off that couch, into a pair of ski pants and onto the snow-covered Oregon slopes faster than you can say “Mount Hood!”

The final selection on our Top 10 Mount Hood Ski Resorts list pairs the pristine beauty of the Oregon mountain wilderness with plush accommodations typically reserved for Pacific Coast luxury resorts. Only Majestic Mountain Retreat isn’t a resort at all; it’s a private Mount Hood estate that serves as home base on your Mount Hood ski vacation! And while this secluded Pacific Coast retreat may lack the large crowds and uniformed staff of neighboring Mount Hood resorts, even its smallest details were handcrafted to delight and inspire on your Oregon mountain vacation. Rough-hewn log beds may conjure up images of creaky mattresses and sore backs, but Majestic Mountain Retreat’s are generously draped with 600-thread-count linens and a mountain of down pillows. And its secluded location tucked among Oregon’s towering pine forests may tempt you to hole up in front of the cozy stone fireplace and declare yourself a recluse, but Mount Hood’s alpine landscape and pristine powder bowls are more than enough to convince ski bunnies and mogul pros alike to venture out into their snowy splendor!

Highlights

A Majestic Mountain Retreat is set at the base of Mount Hood and is only 20 minutes from ski lifts and minutes from restaurants and nature trails.

Fun facts

The second-story powder room at Majestic Mountain Retreat features a sink hand-carved from a local boulder and cradled in a small tree.

Related Onsite Offerings

Leather sofas, custom draperies, modern kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and photographs of the surrounding Oregon landscape.

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