Winter and Snow Sports

Do you sell tickets for all the ski resorts?

We sell substantial discounted tickets for our guests, to Timberline Lodge.

Which ski area is best?

While Ski Bowl offers the largest night skiing area in the nation, Timberline serves as the training site for the summer Olympics in addition to 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 offer tubing if conditions are good.   In the Hoodland Plaza, Mountain Sports rents skis and snowshoe  equipment and offers discounts to Whispering Woods guests.  Another local shop includes Mountainology, located in Rhododendron, within 5 miles of the resort.  Timberline Lodge and Mt Hood Meadows now offer snowshoe rentals.  Mt Hood Meadows also offers cross country ski equipment.  There are many snow activity rental shops in Sandy as well as Government Camp too. 

Where is the closest place to find snow?

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

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. There are 22 locations within the Mt Hood National Forest that require a Sno-Park Permit. Some popular locations include, all the ski resorts, the town of Government Camp, Trillium Lake, White River, Frog Lake, and Skyline Road.

Oregon sno-park programs are funded entirely by these permits.

At Whispering Woods Resort we sell the 1-day passes for $4.50, where as the 3 consecutive day passes are sold for $9.50 (2015-16). Prices may vary depending on where these permits are sold. California and Idaho snow park permits are honored at Oregon Sno-Park locations. 

Where can I get a Sno-Park permit?

Sno-park permits are available a all DMV offices. In addition, local agents can be found at:

In Welches:
*Whispering Woods Resort*
Mountain Sports, LLC
Hoodland Thriftway
Welches Gas Station

Other Locations:
Mountain ski resorts
Sporting goods stores 
Retail outlets
Grocery stores
Gas stations 
Many local hotels


Can we go on sleigh rides?

Yes! The Mt. Hood Adventure Park, located 13 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along US 26 E/Mt. Hood Hwy in Government Camp, provides visitors with this unique Mt. Hood winter experience. The below prices are for the 25 minute Village Tour. They also offer 25 minute private tours, see their website for more information.

The cost:
Adults (14 and over): $25
Children (4-13): $20
Children under 3: Free
Each ride lasts roughly 25 minutes.
Call or email the Mt. Hood Adventure Headquarters at: (503) 715-2175 or info@mthoodadventure.com 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 or visit the Mt. Hood Adventure headquarters at: 503-715-2175 to reserve your snow mobile or schedule a guided 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 the peak season and on the weekends.

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

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

There are unlimited opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling within Mt. Hood National Forest. Below are a list of popular locations, all require a SnoPark pass, during November 1-March 30. By clicking on the headers below it will link you to a full list provided by the USDA Forest Service. Other winter sports locations and information can be found at the link provided.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Trillium Lake Snow Trails: located 15 miles east of Whispering Woods in Government Camp, trail heads are right in the camp. Dogs must be on leashes.

Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center:  located 24 miles east of Whispering Woods, along Hwy 35 about 7.5 miles north of hwy 26. No dogs or snowshoeing allowed.

Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort: located 24 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along Hwy 35. Follow signs for Mt Hood Meadows/Bennett Pass Sno Park. The main location has snowshoeing rentals and trails leaving from that location. One of the trails passes by Umbrella Falls. 

Teacup Lake: is one mile north of Mt. Hood Meadows, along Oregon 35.  No dogs or snowshoeing allowed. Located near the Mt Hood Meadows Nordic exit.

Cooper Spur Nordic Center: 35 miles northeast of Whispering Woods, Cooper Spur has separate trails for snowshoers. Dogs are not allowed.


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, at the above sites, and can be obtained at most stores in Welches and Government Camp.  Sno-park permits are available to guests at Whispering Woods Resort.

For a more extensive list of trails for all three of these winter activities, visit USDA Forest Service website or the local ranger station. 

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