Timberline Ski Resort Oregon

Written by on August 16, 2010 under Featured Hotels, Ski Resorts, USA Hotels.

Oregon is famous for the ski slopes found around the state and if you are planning a ski vacation you should definitely consider Timberline Lodge ski area, located near Mt. Hood in Oregon. There is quite a bit of history in the area, starting with the lodge that was built during the Great Depression by a master craftsman. The Timberline Lodge ski area are also has been a scene of movie The Shining where many of the ‘outside’ shots were taken.

The Lodge


Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Oregon, about 60 miles (97 km) east of Portland. Built in the late 1930s, the National Historic Landmark sits at an elevation of 5,960 feet (1,817 m), within the Mount Hood National Forest and is accessible through the Mount Hood Scenic Byway.[2] It is a popular tourist attraction, drawing more than a million visitors annually.

The lodge is entirely hand made, and well preserved. The hand woven draperies and the hand hewn beams add to the rustic charm and history of the place. The lodge sits in the middle of 1400 acres consisting of 35 trails.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Cavalier & Co.

Skiing at Timberline

timberline lodge ski resortOne of the most unique things about Timberline is that it is the one place in the United States that offers year-round snow skiing. The trails are perfect for beginners, intermediates and experts. The top elevation at Timberline Lodge is 8504 with a vertical drop of 2501. There are six chair lifts to accommodate skiers.

Palmer Snowfield is part of the Timberline Resort, and it is permanently covered with snow. Beginners are not always allowed on Palmer snowfield – the conditions are considered each day when making this determination.

Rental equipment is not available at Timberline. You must bring your own equipment. However, smaller items such as gloves and goggles can be purchased at the lodge, along with some clothing items. There is a snowboard and ski school on the premises, and private and group lessons are available.

Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snowshoeing, and lodge tours are the main attractions at Timberline. Here, it is all about the powder. Mt. Hood is an active volcano which is considered to be dormant. Occasionally, tremors are felt, and steam vents are often visible.

Dine at the top of the world

The Timberline Lodge accommodates the following bar and restaurants:

  • Experience a taste of Oregon at Farmers Market Brunch

The Cascade Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, but the hours do change with the seasons, casual by day, romantic by night. One of the top ten mountaintop restaurants in the Western United States and Canada by Sunset magazine.

  • Ram’s Head Bar

Located on the second floor circular balcony, Ram’s Head Bar is the perfect place for family-friendly casual food and drink with spectacular views of the mountains.

  • Blue Ox Bar

Blue Ox features pub style pizza and handcrafted microbrews from the Mt. Hood Brewing Company.

  • The Wy’East Dining in the Wy’East Day Lodge, accross the parking lot of Timberline Lodge. Kitchen Cafeteria, the Market Café
  • Ice Axe Grill – brewed ales from Mt. Hood Brewing Company – is located in the historic village of Government Camp.

If the idea of a ‘rustic’ ski vacation appeals to you, as opposed to trips with accommodations that are a bit fancier, then Timberline Lodge in Oregon is the place to be! Again, it is definitely all about the history and the powder here. However, whether you ski or not, you must not miss the Magic Mile, which offers a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains that cannot be matched.

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