The Oregon snowpack is at 108-percent of normal thanks to another La Niña winter. And we’ve a big storm cycle passing through this week with an expected 2-to-3 feet of snow in the Cascades. As this storm blows through, please be sure to check resort condition pages to see what lifts are running as well as Tripcheck to see how your drive looks before heading up (also read up on Safe Winter Driving).
SPRING PASSES: Oregon’s spring season extends all the way through May. Several resorts offer Spring Passes, which are announced during the winter. Mt. Hood Meadows discounted spring passes are on sale now and are good from March 6th through the remainder of the season. More to come!
Looking for something new this winter? Take advantage of night skiing at several resorts including Skibowl, Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline (ends , Hoodoo and Warner Canyon. Mountain resorts are also offering activities outside of downhill skiing and snowboarding, including nordic and snowshoe trails, dogsledding and plenty of events including brewfests and culinary experiences.
- Timberline Ski Area The snow is falling and the lifts are spinning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with night skiing until 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and holiday Sundays through Feb. 26, 2023. All lifts are spinning including Magic Mile (conditions permitting). Visitors can experience the Longest Vertical run in the U.S. at Timberline (new in 2021-22). The Alpine Trail from Timberline to Summit Pass base area has been widened ahead of this winter for an even better ski experience. Timberline also upgraded its night skiing experience with night lighting off of the Pucci chairlift allowing the addition of Thunder and School Yard park laps.
- Mt. Hood Meadows is open for its 55th season with lifts spinning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m; enjoy night skiing until 9 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday. The Nordic Center is also open. Meadows is offering discounted Ski & Snowboard Beginner packages starting as low as $69, including (1) two-hour group lesson, all-day equipment rentals and a Beginner Progression Lift Ticket; additional Nordic and Snowshoe packages are also available. Season passes and multi-day lift tickets are on sale now. Discounted spring passes are on sale now and are good from March 6th through the remainder of the season. The resort is also offering Spring Pass Packages which includes a spring pass and three two-hour lessons and rentals for the rest of the season—this a great package for anyone wanting to learn to ski or snowboard this spring.
- Mt. Bachelor is open for its 65th season, with operations 9 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, parking reservations are not needed. Be sure to download the Mt. Bachelor app for all the latest info. The Nordic Center is also open daily. Winter camping is available by reservation. The Sunchaser Spring Pass go on sale in February, and are valid starting Saturday, April 1, 2023 through Sunday, May 28, 2023 (conditions permitting).
- Hoodoo Ski Area is open Wed. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Nordic center is open Fri. – Sun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Willamette Pass is open with lifts spinning five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The resort offers top-to-bottom skiing from the Eagle Peak Accelerator (EPA) lift. The resort joined the Power Pass for 2022/23, with passes starting at $99 and lift tickets from $12. Kids 12 and under season passes are free. Enjoy the new snowmaking and upgraded rental equipment.
- Warner Canyon is open on weekends for the season. Please check the resort Facebook page before heading up. The resort is now open through the weekend of March 25-26.
- Mt. Ashland is open Thursday through Monday, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with twilight skiing offered Thursday and Friday until 9 p.m . The resort has extended its season through April 16.
Safe Winter Driving
Safety is no accident, but icy roadways can be an accident waiting to happen—read up on best practices for winter driving ahead of your planned outing. Consider delaying your trip until road conditions improve or utilizing public transit to get to the mountains.
Ski and Snowboard Safety
Skiers and snowboarders should always follow the Skier’s Responsibility Code, which exists to raise awareness that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce:
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
- People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
- Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
- Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
- You must prevent runaway equipment.
- Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
- Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.
If you’re planning on heading into the backcountry, check current avalanche conditions at the Northwest Avalanche Center daily report for the Mt. Hood region. The Central Oregon Avalanche Center publishes forecasts for the area around Mt. Bachelor.
Those skiing in steep and ungroomed terrain should be familiar with Deep Snow Safety and become informed on traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain. Find more tips on skiing and snowboarding safety here. Avalanche forecasts are available through the Northwest Avalanche Center (Mt. Hood), Central Oregon Avalanche Center, and Wallowa Avalanche Center in Eastern Oregon.