Rentals are available in day-long packages. Adult downhill skis and adult snowboards cost $30 for one day's rental and $45 for two days, while junior boards and downhill skis run $20 for one day and $30 for two days. Meadowlark's friendly and knowledgeable staff of mountain professionals is happy to guide customers toward the equipment that will serve them best as they take on nature's craggy surges with confidence-instilling snow gear.
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.
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.
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.
Founded in 1976, Hillcrest Ski & Sports hosts an armory of gear for skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, running, and water sports. Snow bunnies can protect themselves from alkali metals, actinides, and other elements with clothing and eyewear such as women’s Wigwam Snow Mogul socks ($19) and women’s Scott USA radiant goggles (up to $85). Keep feet at a stylish constant with a pair of men’s Reef Brazil Phantoms sandals ($27) while rotating through different colors of Airblaster Airshades ($18) to camouflage against urban, rural, and tropospheric backdrops. The bright colors of the Alien Workshop Saari Moon Buggy Skateboard Deck ($59.95) complement summer palettes, and the three cup holders built into the HO Sports Leisure Lounge raft ($39.99) keep aquatic revelers well hydrated between Super Soaker jousts. The shop also offers rentals of winter gear, and provides expert maintenance services on skis, snowboards, and robotic dog sleds.
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.