Ready for the cold? There’s no winter wonderland like Hood River! The plentiful snow parks in the region offer a range of different ways for all ages to get in the snow. You may be familiar with the big ski areas in Hood River – be sure to check out the discounts at Timberline Lodge, Ski Bowl, and Mount Hood Meadows! In addition to the big three, there are many other incredible spots in the area for a fun afternoon of sledding or an extreme cross-country adventure.
Weekend or holiday trip to the North side of Mt. Hood? Check out the Ski Area at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort. This spot is perfect for intermediate and beginner skiing and snowboarding, as well as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and a killer tubing center the provides tubes for anyone eligible to ride! After a day in the snow, your family can head to their alpine lodge for a tasty meal.
Looking for something a little more low-key? Little John Sno-Park is a free shared use area about 30 miles south of Hood River. Bring your inner tubes and sliding discs from home so you can slide down 3,700-feet of snow. Groups also take trips tracking local animals on this slope.
Bunny Sliding Area Sno-Park is close by and a perfect spot for weekends and holiday and White River West Sno-Park offers fantastic views of Mt. Hood while you sled or snowshoe! This spot is just off Highway 35, and this wide-open landscape is also perfect for exploring. Plenty of snow and resources for all ages make this one of the most popular winter spots for sledding, hiking, and winter play with your friends and family. This park also welcomes pets, so bring along the family dog to add to the fun!
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Snow Park Permit Info
You must have a valid Sno-Park permit displayed in the windshield of your vehicle if you park in designated winter recreation parking areas (Sno-Parks) between November 1 and April 30.
There are three types of permits:
1-day permit $4
3-day permit $9
1-year permit $25 (Valid in Washington, California and Idaho!)
Sno-Park permits issued by Washington, California, and Idaho are honored in Oregon!
Purchasing available at Mt. Hood, all Oregon DMV locations, and businesses in Hood River.
2nd Wind Sports – 210 Oak Street Hood River (541) 386-4464
Doug’s – 101 Oak Street Hood River (541) 386-5787
Windance Boardshop – Hwy 35 Hood River (541) 386-2131
Gorge Surf Shop – 13 Oak St Hood River (541) 386-1699
Pine Grove Grocery – 2375 Hwy 35 Hood River (541) 386-4632
Packer Orchards & Bakery – 3900 Hwy 35 Hood River (541) 354-1140
*Agents are allowed to charge a service fee for each permit they sell.
Oregon Department of Transportation – ODOT
For highway advisories – When in Oregon dial 511 or visit TripCheck.com
Oregon’s chain law applies to all highways throughout the state. When you drive in winter conditions, you may see signs telling you to carry chains or traction tires and when you are required to use them. In typical winter conditions, vehicles rated at 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW) or less and not towing or being towed are allowed to use traction tires in place of chains.
Studded tires are legal in Oregon from November 1 through March 31. Because of the damage caused by studded tires, the Department of Transportation encourages motorists to use studded tires only when necessary.