Varied terrain, breathtaking panoramic views, and 430 average inches of annual snowfall make Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort a destination for anyone ready to rollick in fresh powder. The mountain’s slopes hold enough acreage to keep skis busy for days—from gentle beginner runs to gated-access double-black-diamond terrain. Paths flanked by evergreens and cliff outcroppings keep even the most advanced snow bunnies on their toes, but most of the gradients are gentle enough for beginner and intermediate cruisers. The resort also features 140 acres of night skiing runs and up to 15 kilometers of groomed and set track along the nordic center’s scenic wooded trails and meadows. Snowboarders perfect their jumps and spins in six freestyle terrain parks with a 500-foot-long, in-ground SuperPipe, or guests who have never worn skis or are only accustomed to speeding downhill while being chased by a scorned paperboy might opt for a professional lesson.
After a long day on the slopes, visitors refuel at 10 onsite restaurants and bars. The fireplace-warmed lodge offers convenient daycare services with age-appropriate toys, computers, and arts and crafts.
In her two-plus decades in the fitness industry, master trainer and owner of Miss Fit Adventures Nikki Becker has compiled a pretty impressive resume filled with certifications and specialties. But perhaps her most important attribute is her genuine desire to help others reach their goals.
Using the canyons, mountains, and rivers of the Pacific Northwest as her playground, Nikki along with the Miss Fit Adventures team leads fitness enthusiasts into the wild during rewarding outdoors experiences. The team also leads one-on-one training sessions and fitness classes under the sturdy roof of the Miss Fit studio in Portland, which keeps extraterrestrials from learning too much about human fitness routines.
Play It Again Sports’s owner, Jackie Bauter, is a veteran of the sports-and-fitness industry since 1993. With his trained eye, Bauter curates a selection of new sports equipment to meet his customers’ needs within their price range. In addition to carrying new equipment for activities such as aquatic sports, soccer, baseball, skiing, and hockey. The store also rounds up home fitness equipment such as treadmills and elliptical trainers. Play It Again Sports buys customers’ gently used, brand-name equipment for cash, store credit, or a handful of magic beans, which the store resells it for about half the original price.
Mt. Hood Skibowl may be known for its more than 960 skiable acres, but when the weather heats up, the spot transforms into the Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl. Visitors can take advantage of its more than 20 attractions, including a half-mile dual Alpine slide, a Malibu Raceway with Indy race go-karts, a bungee-jumping tower, and a mountain-biking park. Young adventurers can zipline across the park, climb a 30-foot rock wall, and play mini golf.
For those who prefer a more relaxed way to see the park, scenic sky chairs carry them above Mt. Hood National Forest. They can stroll the interpretive walking trails at the top, bike to a picturesque lake, or head even further up on the uppermost scenic sky chairs for great views of the Cascades and any Big Foots playing chess down below.
Summit Ski Area?s unbroken streak of operation dates all the way back to 1927, making it the nation?s second oldest continuously operating ski destination. In 10 separate decades, skiers have strapped on their skis and negotiated the terrain?s 306 feet of vertical drop, slaloming down runs such as Bumble Bee, Yellow Jacket, and Alpine Trail to the base elevation of 4,000 feet. The spot also boasts 15 kilometers of Nordic trails designed by four-time Olympian Bill Koch. Opened to cross-country skiers in 1992, the trails help round out the area?s snow-sport offerings, which also include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and abominable-snowman taunting.