Southeast of Portland and east Government Camp, the Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort is a regional free freeriders mecca. It has 85 runs spread over 2,150 acres that are served by 11 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,777 feet. Plus, if you’re ready to do some hiking, there’s another 1,700 feet of vertical that access the double-black diamond runs in Super Bowl located above Heather. If you don't feel like hiking, make sure to head over to the double-black diamond steeps in the Private Reserve or the S And R Cliffs. Check out the steep slopes in Heather Canyon which drops into a wide-open face that funnels into a massive gully and ends in the glades below the main lodge.
On a powder day, take the Mt Hood Express up and come down 3-D, O-Ring and Rock Garden. Later in the morning, try Heather Canyon.
If you are looking for more challenge, try Elevator Shaft which is off the Mt Hood Express lift. For apres ski action, head to the Alpen Stube in the South Lodge or Charlie's in Government Camp. For nightlife, you’ll have to head to River City Saloon in Hood River.
There is limited lodging and apres ski nearby since this area is mainly day use from Portland. For the best lodging and nightlife nearby, check out Hood River.
To reach the snowboarding at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort from Portland, head east on SR26 to Government Camp. Turn north on SR35 for 10 miles to the meadows.
Overall, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is the 3rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 11 snowboarding resorts in Oregon.