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    Posted: Oct/25/2010 at 10:09pm
Hi all,

after a few years away from the snow, I might be going to Vancouver WA to visit family and riding for abt 10 days over the holiday break. I am an intermediate all mountain rider who loves small park features and want to progress but also have some gun in bowls, etc. My husband is an advanced all mountain who wants to try some time in the park this year too but he can take big jumps and pipe. I have only spent time in big hills like Sun Valley and Telluride, he has been to a lot more places including some smaller ones but not Mt. Hood.

What do people think about Timberline vs. Skibowl vs. Meadows?

It seems like getting some kind of pass saves a lot of money. I was thinking of

a) getting a 10 day for Meadows but ditching a 2-3 days to check out Timberline and Skibowl, or
b) getting a 5 day for Timberline and adding a few loose lift tickets for meadows, skibowl, or more timberline here and there, or
c) getting a fusion pass and only driving to Sandy then taking the free shuttle to either TL or SB to save miles, money and the pain of driving. But I don't know if the shuttle fills up over the holidays

Which resort is your favorite?
Why?
Which resort/pass options above do you think would be best for ppl like us?
How does the difficulty of runs compare to bigger Idaho or Colorado mtns like Sun Valley or Telluride?

Thanks!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2010 at 2:59am
I'd like to throw in Mt Baker...not sure how good it is, but I know it's not too far from Hood(pretty sure). Might wanna check that out too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2010 at 4:27pm
Thanks tw0scoops!!! I checked it out, it looks fun. But, it is a 4 hour drive from where we are staying... We are trying to keep it on the cheap to go as many days as possible... so in that sense I think we'll need to stick with Mt. Hood or something within the same distance from Portland. Maybe next year!

Still looking forward to hearing people's input on Mt. Hood areas!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2010 at 4:33pm
i say the one you are on
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2010 at 4:37pm
Meadows is best
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/27/2010 at 3:37pm
@ iamtrye - I know where you live.

@ TGOD - why do you like Meadows best?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2010 at 11:34am
I think they all have there equal value when you look at what you want to do.

Timberline: It's my absolute favorite to ride alone. The Magic Mile lift takes you up the face of Hood (Palmer lift, if open, takes you to the highest ski-able area on Hood - if you aren't hiking up further). You aren't going to bomb down these runs but it's WIDE open. No tress up there and a ton of little snow blown kickers, whoop-ti-do's and lips that I have a blast hitting. It can be a bit rocky depending on how much snow they have up there and it can be a bit windy as well. Below the treeline I almost never go. I'm not one to enjoy groomed runs. I like to go find my own fresh, untracked areas and that usually means the trees and while Timberline has plenty of tree runs, it flattens out a lot, and quickly, and you spend a lot of time and energy digging out. Not to mention you'll have no clue where you are.

Skibowl: There should be no reason to touch this hill during daylight hours. The lifts are incredibly slow, it's packed with kidz and the runs are real short and quick. The advantage is it's night skiing. Granted it's the same quick runs and long lifts but compared to Timberline and Meadows, the amount of ski-able terrain is unmatched. Plus, the crowds thin out and you can take what feels like a million runs in just a few hours. The only caveat there is, if you're a skier then their is more open terrain for you and a day trip might be worth it. If you're a boarder, avoid the day trip.

Meadows: You get the most bang for your buck at Meadows. There are a ton more runs, various terrain and quick(er) lifts. This isn't to say that Meadows has it's downside. It's the most packed hill of the three. Lift lines can be long and you can sometimes deal with either a lot of newbies on the runs or people that just have poor etiquette (i think the latter happens most places though). Ultimately, when I go with friends, we ride Meadows. We like that we can find terrain in the trees that hasn't been ridden over a ton and we like the numerous amount of bowls that are for all skill levels.

I haven't ridden much outside of Meadows, Timberline, Skibowl, Bachelor (Bend, OR) and my early days of riding in Wisconson (all ice = no fun) so I don't have much to compare it to but they say this season is going to be epic with La Nina rolling through. Three years ago when it was a La Nina season, the snow was dumping all season long. The powder will most likely be a bit wetter and heavier than Colorado (from what I've heard) and that's just because of our wetter climate but in no way does that mean that you can't have a crap ton of fun in it.

As for passes and where to stay, i prefer to drive. I come up from PDX but I like being able to go back to my car for a lunch, smoke, beer break. All those things you can do on the hill but when you throw a cooler back there with you along with some chairs, it makes it all worth it. Bust saving cash is important so you have to take into consideration the gas money vs lift ticket money.

In the end, if you can do it, explore all three hills. If you are planning on ridding ten days and I would assume that might mean two in one day a couple of times (day and night skiing at say Timberline than Skibowl) it makes since to invest more money in the one that you'll be at more often.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2010 at 6:28pm
bschwa, thanks!!! That is an awesome, super helpful post!!!

We went ahead and bought passes yesterday because it was the last day for discounted prices. I am really glad to read your post though, because we decided to buy the pass for Meadows, and this seems to confirm this was probably the best decision for us.

I PM'd Shaka here, and it seemed like, similar to what you said, there is no clear answer to which resort is best, it's kind of a matter of taste and circumstances. So, since we are staying in PDX for actually 19 days, we decided to get the season pass for Meadows because we felt we'd get the most bang for our buck that way.

We are not into night snowboarding that much, and we'll go a couple times on Tuesday so my ticket will only be $15, haha! Then we may go to Tline once or twice, but we'll be rinding as small groups 2-4 people plus... so it looks like we did well.

Also, I am REALLY glad to hear your advice on the driving issue, because that's exactly what we were planning to do! Drive the pickup their, cough up the gas money, but bring a cooler and a change of nice dry clothes and eat lunch in the car to save $$. We have family in Vancouver so we want to stay with them for family time, so we'll be saving money on the lodging that way anyway...

Anyway, thanks so much for the tip - it confirmed some of our decisions were probably the best for us, and now we are totally psyched!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/11/2010 at 9:24am
No problem tishaoz. Glad i could help out. One thing I forgot to mention, you can save a couple of bucks at Skibowl if you have a REI membership and (i think) a AAA membership. It's just two bucks but that's two bucks more towards a beer.

I've also chatted people up in the lots as they come off the hill to end their day and buy their day pass off them for a fraction of the price. Just got to make sure that you can reconnect it to your coat or whatev. Could be a good option at Timberline. If it fails, at least you could hang out at the lodge and check out the scene. Something to consider.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/11/2010 at 9:34am
From what I hear, Medows is the place to bee in the winter and Timberline is the place to be in the summer. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/11/2010 at 12:49pm
Thanks guys. I am happy we bought the Meadows pass, but I will be sure to check out Timberline at least once!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/08/2011 at 5:56pm
Meadows is def. the best.  If there is a lot of powder or icy conditions.  Best lift as well.  You can go to the summit in Meadows and its worth it for the view as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 8:03pm
I have visited lots of places and realized that Mt hood resorts is best resorts in them. Mt hood resorts may be your first choice.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 8:27pm
Timberline is open all year and really cool place to check out.  But I heard people would rather goto Meadows if it was open all year round.  So i'd go there as your main purchase for lift tickets.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 11:00pm
I like Meadows for the sprawling terrain and number of lifts.  Even on a busy day, you can often avoid the crowds as long as you stay away from the main lift.  Timberline is great for late in the season, and SkiBowl is fun at night if it isn't too icy.
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