Mount Hood

Skibowl at Mount Hood is simple: It has an Upper Bowl and a Lower Bowl (Skibowl East, also called Multorpor, connected by a cat track and also open at night, is where my mother learned to ski, and services mostly intermediate terrain). A double chairlift, painted blue, has wooden seats and a tendency to slowly lurch up the mountain. It takes skiers to the top of Lower Bowl and the bottom of Upper Bowl, which is nice, because once you’re there, you don’t need to go anywhere else.

Upper Bowl is 750 vertical feet. Its front side is a full half-mountain of glades and open pistes with boulders that make fun poppers. The most exciting line is directly under the chairlift, where two separate cliff bands can require mini airs, followed by a steep pitch through trees. But whether it’s a straight-forward groomer, rolling glades, or bumps, the Upper Bowl has an array of flavors. Another ancient double chair takes you to the top of the bowl in less than 10 minutes. All of the terrain up there is lit, or at least partially lit. The skiing is open until 11 p.m. Read more here. —John Clary Davies

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