Only 90 minutes from Portland International Airport, groups can ski with locals, enjoy a beer at a craft brewery, spend the night in a mountain resort and follow snowshoe trails through old growth forests on Mt. Hood. These three ski resorts offer a wealth of entertaining options.

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area, a National Historic Landmark, is the only ski-in, ski-out lodge in the state. The resort’s operator has expanded with the purchase of Summit Ski Area, the second oldest continually operating ski area in the United States with a location below Timberline in the town of Government Camp. Summit’s interior is being remodeled, but the single chairlift, family-friendly and affordable vibe, which is ideal for getting the basics of skiing or snowboarding before heading up to more challenging runs at Timberline, is being preserved.

Mt. Hood Meadows has more than 2,150 acres of skiing and implemented a new ticket pricing system last season that is similar to how airline ticket pricing works. The demand for lift tickets will dictate the prices. During off-peak days, Meadows will drop ticket prices with the goal of enticing people to ski during those times, helping alleviate congestion and crowds.

Mt. Hood Skibowl has the largest night skiing terrain in the United States with 36 lit runs. Plus, the resort’s Cosmic Tubing features more than 600,000 LED lights, laser light shows, black lights, colored lights, music and two handy conveyor lifts.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.


Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.


To take a look at the happenings in Tuolumne County, we’ll zoom in on three areas: Yosemite National Park, Gold Country and High Sierra.