The Mt Hood Meadows Ski & Snowboarding Resort, located in the state of Oregon 67 miles (108km) east of Portland, gets plenty of snowfall, has a decent amount of terrain and, like its neighbour Bachelor, offers something for every rider.
So, the question is, where to stay while you ride?
On Mountain Lodging?
Also like its neighbour Bachelor, there is no lodging at the base with the closest accommodation coming in the form of the Cooper Spur Mountain Lodge which is located on the Cooper Spur Mountain Resort and is a 30 minute drive from Mt Hood Meadows.
There is also the Timberline lodge which is located at the base of the Timberline Ski area. This is also around 30 minutes drive from Meadows (in the other direction).
The bonus of going with either of these is that you can try out these areas for snowboarding in addition to going to Meadows.
Hood river is where most of the lodging near Mt Hood Meadows is located. It’s a 45 minute drive from the base of the resort and is nestled on the Columbia River on the Oregon/Washington border.
It has a population of just over 7,000 and is a picturesque town with stunning views of Mt Hood.
This is the most recommended spot for the widest range of lodging close to Meadows.
Government Camp is just 15 minutes drive from Meadows but has limited lodging options. Still an option if you can find something there.
The Dalles, Cascade Locks, Stevenson (WA) & Carson (WA)
Located 24 miles (39km) and 27 minutes drive east along the Columbia River, The Dalles offers another option for lodging but also adds an extra 27 minutes or so to the drive. The Dalles is 2 x the population of Hood River but will be less of a ski resort town.
Cascade Locks, Oregon plus Stevenson (Washington) and Carson (Washintgton) are a similar distance from Hood River as The Dalles except West along the river instead of east. They would add on roughly and extra 30 minutes drive to get to Meadows – for a total of around 1 hr 15 minutes.
If you are visiting Portland anyway or would like to check out Portland but still spend time at Mt Hood Meadows too then staying in Portland is also doable. At around 90 minutes drive (give or take depending on traffic) this makes for a longer drive but still well within range for day trips out to Meadows.
Be strategic about the times you leave and re-enter Portland to reduce any traffic delays.
More About Meadows
If you’d like to learn more about the snowboarding area at Meadows check out the link below.
Best Way to Book
I prefer using a booking site for booking lodging – mostly because you can see unbiased reviews from people who have stayed before you.
Also, it’s typically easy to sort through the lodging with different search options and they often have no booking fees and/or discounts.
You will find plenty of lodging for Mt Hood Meadows by clicking on the the images for the booking sites below, which you could try – or you might have your own preferred booking site.
If you can’t find what you are looking for at the booking sites you can try the Resort’s Lodging Page too.
Photo Credits from Top
By Self. (Nikon D90.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons