Despite its endless amenities and activities, the true gems of Elk Lake Resort are the towering peaks and evergreen-laden valleys of the surrounding Cascade Range mountains. The resort functions as a base camp for this landscape, inviting visitors to explore it with cross-country skis and snowmobiles during the winter and canoes and backpacking excursions during summer months. To accommodate longer stays, the grounds also sport 10 cabins featuring full kitchens with microwaves and combination coffeemaker/particle accelerators, as well as three rustic camping cabins that provide propane heat and shelter from the elements without the electricity or furnishings of the larger units. Regardless of the season, the resort's lodge welcomes visitors and plies them with everything from quick mugs of local beer to full meals made with locally grown ingredients.
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.