A Skiing Story

    When I was five I broke my leg skiing. Because of this unfortunate early life injury, I never really understood the whole “soaring down the mountain on a couple of planks” appeal that is so prevalent here in the Pacific Northwest, and, specifically, in and around Portland, Oregon.

    Then, I met my wife. Miss outdoors, Miss-adventure, Miss-hike-up-a-mountain and then para-glide down it and then camp by the river. Miss Weekend Warrior who loves to soar down a black diamond mountain peak on a couple of planks. I was forced to make a decision: Keep the best thing that’s ever happened to me and adapt my interests to match hers, or, stay off the slopes and be alone. Maybe forever.

    I chose the former.

    Despite my former apprehensions and rightful fears, I have now learned to love skiing and other winter sports… and why not? Not only is Portland achingly close to Mt. Hood, whose white capped visage can be seen from nearly everywhere in the Portland/Metro area, but Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Rainier, the Three Sisters are all just a few hours away.

    One ski resort that I really like is Ski Bowl. Barely an hour from Portland, Ski Bowl offers affordable lift passes and rentals, boasts a plethora of trails, from a tow-roped bunny hill to the most extreme black diamond trails. The lodge offers wonderful food to warm those cold bodies, to relax, and to simply enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood in a different way. There is also a warming lodge half way down the mountain. I enjoy stopping in here half way down the slope to enjoy a nice hot cocoa, a coffee, or, if I’m feeling especially saucy, a frosty beverage. Plus, Ski Bowl hosts the largest night skiing slopes in the region.

    Of course, if I have more time, I pack up the Subaru to go just a little bit farther up Mt. Hood  to Timberline Lodge and Ski area. Timberline tends to be less crowded then Ski Bowl, but is also more catered to more advanced skiers and snow boarders. This does not mean, of course, that the kids don’t have bunny trails, of course they do, but, with plenty of intermediate and expert trails, Timberline is the place to be for the more advanced winter sports enthusiasts. Timberline also has the longest ski season on Mt. Hood.

    The point is, Portland, Oregon is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Mt. Hood is less than an hour from nearly everywhere in the Portland/Metropolitan area, three hours from Mt. Bachelor, Bend and the Three Sisters, and six hours from Mt. Baker. If you love winter sports, than you’ll love living in Portland, Oregon.

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