Mt. Hood, OR: The Skiing Honeymoon Spot
Oregon state is not only home to some of the most fertile valleys awash with emerald green, it also the place where snow bunnies and die hard skiers find common ground.
A ski honeymoon spent in Mt. Hood boasts an average of 300 inches of snowfall per season. And while the Mt. Hood skiing area itself is a thing to behold, the lowland territory is also unique because of the many hiking trails, waterfalls, and adorable riverfront towns below the mountain.
With dozens of honeymoon cabins, ranging from cozy to elaborate, the outdoorsy couple who likes to travel in style will quickly discover that a Mt. Hood honeymoon isn’t one that requires any “roughing it” The most rustic element of your stay here may include leaving your ski boots to dry by a roaring fire.
Mt. Hood Ski Area Breakdown
Whether you are a beginner or have spent the last few months heli-skiing across the country, Mt. Hood is one of the rare mountain experiences that really can cater to every level of skier. Here is a snapshot of what you can expect.
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort – One of the highest rated ski resorts – voted best in cruising intermediate terrain in the state – this “Big Mountain” ski experience has everything from the hike-induced Super Bowl 4,500 foot drop into Heather Canyon to the gentle slopes of their beginner runs at the main resort. Whether you want to attempt to top out at 7,500 feet or take the Private Reserve challenge (for experts only) which has an additional 11 lifts overlooking the bowls of Elk and Yoda, this resort really is like several different ski trips in one.
Ski Bowl – Known to be the largest area for night skiing in the country, Ski Bowl is proud to offer over 34 trails of epic fully-lit night runs on an impressive spread of 550 acres. While it does have day runs too, (which boosts their number of skiable acreage up to 960), this is also one of the only resorts in the state with a record number of black diamond runs to choose from.
Best Place to Stay in Mt. Hood for a Honeymoon
Timberline Lodge – One of the most elegant lodges in the Mt. Hood area, Timberline was built during the WPA-era nearly 75 years ago. But don’t think mothballs have gotten the better of this gorgeous structure. Instead, this lodge is as rustically charming as any you would find in high-end areas Park City, UT.
With amazing rooms (apparently the Mt. Jefferson rooms have the best views) and menu items like Belgian waffles smothered in strawberries, you will find that your time spent off the mountain is just as enticing as the time spent on it.