FAQ

Winter and Snow Sports

Do you sell tickets for all the ski resorts?

No, just for Timberline lodge, at a substantial discount for our guests.

Which ski area is best?

While Ski Bowl offers the largest night skiing area in the nation, Timberline boasts serving as the training site for the summer Olympics besides being one of the few places in the country that offers skiing during the summer months.  Mt. Hood Meadows has by far the biggest skiing area and the most Black Diamond runs on Mt. Hood, providing more varied terrain for all levels of skiers.

Where can I rent snowshoes, inner tubes, skis?

 All the ski resorts rent ski/snowboard equipment. Ski Bowl and Summit Ski area in Government Camp all do tubing on weekends and if conditions are good Summit will be open midweek too.   In the Hoodland Plaza Mountain Sports rent winter ski and snow shoe  equipment and offer discounts to Whispering Woods guests.

Where is the closest place to find snow?

Depends on the snow level, which fluctuates throughout the season.

How much is a Sno-Park permit?

Between November 1st and April 30th cars parked in designated “winter recreation parking areas” are required to have a sno-park permit visible in the windshield.
Oregon sno-park programs are funded entirely by these sno-park permits.

They are currently $3.0 for a 1-day pass and $7.50 for a 3-day pass at our resort.

Where can I get a Sno-Park permit?

All DMV offices
Sno-park permit agents found in:
Mountain resorts: Mt. Hood Meadows & Cooper Spur
Sporting goods stores 
Retail outlets
Grocery stores
Gas stations 
In Welches:
Mountain Sports, LLC
 Hoodland Thriftway
Whispering Woods Resort
Welches Gas Station

Can we go on sleigh rides?

Yes! The Mt. Hood Adventure Park, located 13 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along US26 E/Mt. Hood Hwy,in Government camp,provides visitors with this unique Mt. Hood winter experience.
The cost:
Adults (14 and over): $22
Children (4-13): $17
Children under 3: Free
Hours of operation:
December 17th to Jan 1st: Everyday, 10am-6pm
January 7th through Spring Break: Weekends only,10am-6pm
The Weekend of Valentine’s Day: Friday through Monday, 10am-6pm
Each ride lasts roughly 25 minutes.
Call theMt. Hood Adventure Headquarters at:(503) 715-2175, to check on the most up to date schedules and fees.

Where can we rent snow mobiles?

Mt. Hood Adventure, located 13 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along US 26 E/Mt. Hood Hwy, in Government Camp, has the only permit in the area to rent and deliver snowmobiles to the starting point as well as give tours. Call the Mt. Hood Adventure Headquarters at: 503-715-2175 to reserve your snow mobile or schedule a guided snow mobile tour.

Where can I night ski?

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl offers the largest night skiing area not only on Mt. Hood but in the nation!

Timberline and Mt Hood Meadows also offer night skiing in peak season.

The hours vary during the season, so you need to check the individual schedules.

Are there places nearby for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling?

There is unlimited opportunity for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling on Mt. Hood National Forest.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing:

Trillium Lake Snow Trails: 13 miles east of Whispering Woods in Government Camp, trail heads are right in the camp. Donations are requested. Dogs must be on leashes.

 Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center: 24 miles east of Whispering Woods, the center’s fees range from $5 to $10. No dogs or snowshoeing allowed.

 Teacup Lake: One mile north of Mt. Hood Meadows, along Oregon 35, Teacup Lake asks for a $5 donation. No dogs or snowshoeing allowed.

 Cooper Spur Nordic Center: 35 miles northeast of Whispering Woods, Cooper Spur has separate trails for snowshoers. Fees range from $5 to $10. Dogs are not allowed.

Snowmobiling:

Snowmobiling in and around Government Camp is not allowed, however, there are groomed trails within 10 miles of the village at both Frog Lake and Skyline Sno-Parks.

Sno-Park permits are required and can be obtained at most stores in Government Camp.  We also have sno-park permits available for our guests at Whispering Woods.
For a more extensive list of trails for all three of these winter activities, visit USDA Forest Service

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