Shred some gnar at Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor

From the center of campus, the path toward WSU Vancouver’s Undergraduate building leads the eye to Mount Hood. Students find their gaze lingering on this iconic mountain as the weather gets rainier and the mountain grows whiter. In mid-October, 12 inches of fresh snow fell on Timberline Lodge within 24 hours, signaling the eve of the winter sports season. It is time for enthusiasts to consider which mountain resorts best suit their skiing and snowboarding preferences.

Timberline Lodge
Timberline Lodge was constructed by the Works Project Administration, part of Franklin Roosevelt’s recovery programs during the Great Depression. Since then, this historic resort has grown and continues to offer exceptional skiing and snowboarding. Timberline Lodge became a family-owned business in 1955 and it shows in the nature and quality of the service and facilities. The whole resort has a homey, relaxed feel from the crackling fire to the comfy couches and custom woodwork. On-site lodging means skiers can walk out the front door and snowboard or ski onto the lifts.

Timberline accommodates many styles of riding, and terrain parks are the resort’s claim to fame. Last year, Transworld Magazine ranked Timberline number one for best parks. The resort is also known for tree runs, which range from spacious and intermediate to steep, thick expert runs. At higher elevations, the Palmer Lift is open even during the summer.

Timberline’s terrain is not always friendly to inexperienced riders. Many runs include flat or even uphill areas that veteran riders can cruise at higher speeds. Frustrated beginning skiers and snowboarders resort to hopping or hiking over these tracts.

An all-day adult lift ticket at Timberline Lodge will cost $60 this winter.  For more information, visit timberlinelodge.com.

Mount Hood Meadows
Mount Hood Meadows sees crowds of snow sport enthusiasts every winter due, in part, to its sheer size. At more than 2,150 acres, Meadows is larger than Timberline or Skibowl and encompasses a greater variety of terrains than other resorts, with woods, park, cliffs, canyons, wide open groomers and almost everything in between.

Providing the right rentals, lessons and gear is a major emphasis at Meadows; however, these often come with a hefty price tag.
Meadows is expensive for some. The regular daily lift ticket is $74. From Dec 26 –31, and on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February, the price jumps to $89. However, the campus Recreation Office sells all-day lift ticket vouchers to WSU Vancouver students for $40. For more information about Mount Hood Meadows, visit skihood.com.

Skibowl’s lower elevation, which translates to less snowfall and a shorter ski season, is one of its main drawbacks. It also lacks the high-speed quad chair of Timberline and Meadows, which means more time on lifts and less time on the slopes.

That said, Skibowl has more lighted runs than any other ski area in North America. Located 20 – 30 minutes closer to campus than Meadows or Timberline, it is the most convenient destination for students looking for a ride after classes. The Recreation Office will sell Skibowl daytime lift tickets for $45, a discount of $4 per ticket off the usual lift price. Night lift tickets cost $30. Tuesday nights are Ladies Night and women pay only $18, unless it is a holiday.

For more information, visit skibowl.com.

Mount Bachelor
Every year, the Office of Student Involvement hosts a trip to Mount Bachelor in Central Oregon for skiing and snowboarding. This trip is popular with students, and sells out every time it is offered.

Ski and snowboard enthusiast, Marcus Dupont, a senior majoring in business administration, said, “It was so much fun hanging out in Bend with a bunch of Cougs and then shredding the gnar with them on the mountain. I definitely recommend going!”

This year the trip is scheduled for Feb. 22 – 24. The cost is $150 for students and $205 for non-students. Tickets will go on sale soon. Contact the Recreation Office for more information at 360.546.9532.

WSU Vancouver Ski and Snowboard Club
A ski and snowboard club is in the works at WSU Vancouver. The club will emphasize the social aspects of meeting other students who ski and snowboard. For more information, search for Ski and Snowboard club on CougSync.

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