Play in the Snow Around Mount HoodYou don’t have to be a kid to enjoy making snow angels or speeding down a slippery hill. Find out about the Sno-Parks near Mount Hood that are tailor-made for wintry family fun.
What is a Sno Park?
A Sno-Park is a state park that’s set aside for recreational activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, and sledding. Oregon has Sno-Parks all over the state. For a complete list, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation website.
Where are some of the area’s top Sno-Parks?
White River West Sno-Park is a free undeveloped snow play area at White River on Hwy 35 about 4 miles north of Hwy 26/Hwy 35 Junction
Little John Snow Play Area is a free developed snow play area located 11 miles north of the Hwy26/Hwy35 junction. Restricted to tubes and discs (no sleds or toboggans).
Ski Bowl East is south of Government Camp off US 26. It's part of the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Summit Ski Area is located at Government Camp on US 26, part of the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Snow Bunny Lodge is 3 miles east of Government Camp on US 26 in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Are Sno-Parks Free?
There are no lift tickets or admission prices to pay, but vehicles visiting Sno-Parks between November 1 and April 30 need to have current Sno-Park Permit displayed in the windshield, or they may get a $30 fine. Sno-Park Permits can be purchased for a single day, a weekend, or an entire season. In 2008, an annual permit costs $20, a 3-day permit costs $7, and a daily permit costs $3.
Where do I Get Sno-Park Permit?
- DMV offices
- Ski resorts
- US ranger offices
- Sporting goods stores
- Stores along US 26
Where Can I find out about snow conditions?
Check the current conditions online.