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Family Ski Spots in Oregon

When I was young my parents took us kids on a Swiss Alps ski adventure that was more akin to a vacation with the Griswalds. It was horrible, and I was so scarred from the experience I vowed never to try winter sports again.

Years later, much to my chagrin, I found myself married into a family of snowboarders! My husband practically grew up on the mountain, so it was inconceivable to him and his family that his wife and child not partake. And this is how I became a glorified “Snow Mummy.” I would over-insulate my then 3 year old tot, strap pieces of wood to his legs, and send him off with a ski instructor. That first time I prayed he’d hate it, and we’d never have to go back. 5 years later he’s a self-proclaimed “snowborder,” just like his dad. I’ve been hauled off to all parts of the Pacific NW to ski resorts large and small. Oregon has land protection right so you won’t find your sprawling resorts, but there will be nature everywhere you look. Many high-class resorts offer tons of amenities such as dining, play parks, and shopping, too! Believe me, retail therapy wards off even the most frigid temperatures!

Over the years I’ve come to enjoy these family adventures, and have even tried out the whole skiing thing again. Here are two of my favorite ski spots for families in Oregon:

Mt. Bachelor, Central Oregon

Bachelor holds a ton of nostalgia for our family. My husband has been trekking to Bachelor since he was in primary school, and our son has been running courses since he was a toddler. Mt. Bachelor is one of the biggest ski-resorts in the whole Pacific NW. It’s coveted, high-quality powder and challenging terrain draws Olympic athletes and professionals from all over. The kid’s ski school is wonderful for novices all the way up to advanced. Our son has always enjoyed his instructors, and looks forward to riding yearly. The lodge is comfy and offers a great windowed view of the kid school are if you’re not hitting the slopes yourself.  You can sit inside with a mug of hot cocoa and have a front row view of your little one.

Hoodoo Mountain Resort, Central Oregon – Hoodoo is a small local mountain that’s great for families and kids. The passes are very affordable, and it’s easy to spend just a day here and introduce your little ones to winter sports. The child care options are also very affordable in comparison to many larger resorts, and the kid lessons are comprehensive and small sized. The night skiing is also a big hit with the kid crowd.

In the Mount Hood region, your family can choose from a variety of resorts including Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Hood SkiBowl, CooperSpur, Timberline, and Summit. All 5 resorts offer ski and snowboard instruction. Mt. Hood Meadows is one of the only resorts in the nation to offer state-certified child care for infants as young as six weeks old, so if you’re a new mom and hoping to shred some mountains to work off that extra baby weight, Mt. Hood Meadows is a great choice.

Here’s a full list of kid-friendly resorts in Oregon with kid programs, lessons and/or childcare.

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Written by Catherine Boley, a stay-at-home mom of two creative kids and an awesome cat. She carts her family all across the Bay Area and beyond in search of cool places to eat and play for the BayAreaBabyBlog and Trekaroo – a reviews site dedicated to exploring and traveling with kids.


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  1. Lara January 9, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    Not in Oregon but a great family ski place is Big Sky where kids up to age 12 ski free. There is also a great ski rental service called black tie ski rental – they deliver to you do you don’t have to wait in line with kids st ski shop – they fit you tight at your condo! And if you want the ultimate service combined with family activities – the club at spanish peaks is the ultimate in private ski and golf clubs!

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