Only 60 miles from downtown, Mt. Hood Skibowl is the closest ski area to Portland — and home to some of the mountain’s newest thrills. A longtime favorite of skiers and boarders for its expansive night-skiing terrain (the largest in North America), the 960-acre resort has recently expanded its slate of attractions at Skibowl’s Snow Tube & Adventure Park, providing a virtual a winter wonderland of easy-access, all-ages entertainment.
Snowmobile Tracks and Tours
Master your snowmobiling skills at Skibowl’s new two-acre learning track, where kids and adults alike can learn the ropes. Got the basics down? Charge through carpets of white powder on a guided backcountry tour down miles of snow-covered forest roads. (Passengers must be at least 6 years old, so younger children should head to the Adventure Park, where tyke-sized Kiddie Snowmobiles await.)
Tree Top Action Zone
Open during winter by reservation only, the new Tree Top Action Zone provides next-level winter thrills. Walk (or wobble) among the forest canopy with a series of challenging balance bridges leading to a five-story-tall Freefall Swing. Daredevils can also careen 60 feet straight down on the Tarzan Plunge. “Lord of the Jungle” yells are encouraged.
Day Snow Tubing
Choose between three superb slopes at the Skibowl Snow Tube Park. Young sledders can start small on Kiddie Tube Hill, while older children and adults can ride the conveyer tube lift to the top of the main hill. For tubing’s version of the double black diamond, strap on goggles and a helmet for the Extreme Tube Hill.
Nightfall brings black lights, groovin’ DJs and a half-million lights to the Snow Tube & Adventure Park. Whiz past the dazzling display on the park’s three tube hills as a laser light show blazes up the night sky. Strap into the world’s only Cosmic Zip Line for an aerial view of the midnight magic below, or tee up some glow-in-the-dark fun with a game of Cosmic Disc Golf with special illuminated discs.
Embrace the spirit of the season with a sleigh or carriage ride through the charming village of Government Camp on the mountain’s southern slope. Belgian draft horses trot through town as tour guides highlight historical landmarks, holiday festivities and majestic views.
Skibowl’s youngest visitors enjoy their own winter playground filled with pint-sized attractions. Kids don’t even need mittens at the Super Play Zone, a heated two-story indoor area filled with ball pits, slides and more. With toes and fingers thawed, return to the snow for kiddie carousel rides and more classic fun. And keep an eye out for photo-ops with the Skibowl Snowbunny and other popular park characters.