Mt. Hood Skibowl

Mt. Hood Skibowl is a ski area located in the state of Oregon in USA. The resort is in the town of Mount Hood Parkdale, OR.

Mt. Hood Skibowl is a part of the Powder Alliance pass network. This pass allows you to buy a season ticket at your home slope, then be able to use it to ski up to three free days at the rest of the participating resorts.

Mt. Hood Skibowl Lodging:

Mt. Hood Skibowl Terrain Overview

Mt. Hood Skibowl has a total of 69 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 960 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 389 hectares, 2 square miles, or 4 square kilometers.

Mt. Hood Skibowl's slopes see on average 246 inches (97 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 20 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
960(4 km2)
Annual Snowfall
246"(97 cm)

Mt. Hood Skibowl Elevation

Mt. Hood Skibowl has a summit elevation of 5,100 feet, or 1,554 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 3,600 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,500 feet (457 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Mt. Hood Skibowl's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
5,100'(1,554 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,500'(457 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
3,600'(1,097 m)

Mt. Hood Skibowl Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
51.3out of 100
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Mt. Hood Skibowl can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Mt. Hood Skibowl has 960 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Mt. Hood Skibowl is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
20%(192 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(384 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
40%(384 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Mt. Hood Skibowl good for beginners?

Mt. Hood Skibowl can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Mt. Hood Skibowl Location

Mt. Hood Skibowl is located in the state of Oregon, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Mount Hood Parkdale, OR.

Mount Hood Parkdale, OR 97041 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
45.37000, -121.70000

Getting to Mt. Hood Skibowl

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Mt. Hood Skibowl), its coordinates of 45.37000, -121.70000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Mount Hood Parkdale, OR to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Mt. Hood Skibowl.

Portland International AirportPDXPortland, OR46 mi
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSEASeattle, WA146 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Mt. Hood Skibowl.

Roberts FieldRDMRedmond, OR82 mi
Yakima Air Terminal McAllister FieldYKMYakima, WA100 mi
Eugene Airport (Mahlon Sweet Field)EUGEugene, OR114 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Mt. Hood Skibowl, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Mt. Hood Skibowl.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Cooper SpurMount Hood Parkdale, OR4,350 ft27%2 mi
Mt. Hood MeadowsMount Hood, OR7,300 ft64%3 mi
Timberline LodgeGovernment Camp, OR8,540 ft66%13 mi
White PassNaches, WA6,550 ft49%89 mi
Mt. BachelorBend, OR9,065 ft73%95 mi

Mt. Hood Skibowl Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation5,100 ft
Base Elevation3,600 ft
Vertical Drop1,500 ft
(20% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  40% Expert)
Skiable Acres960
Avg. Annual Snowfall246 inches
Mt. Hood Skibowl Mountain Stats