The mountains surrounding Portland have donned their white winter caps, which means it’s the ideal time to put on your own cold weather gear for a day of sledding. Just be careful you don’t go full Griswold.
Visiting a designated sno-park requires a permit, which ranges from a one-day ($4) or three-day pass ($9) to an annual pass ($24). You can purchase these online or at local resorts, sporting goods stores, and other retail outlets. To make sure you’re getting the most out of the slopes, Next Adventure stocks a variety of sleds, tubes, and other toys. And it’s also never a bad idea to prepare for road conditions with Trip Check.
Here are a few of our favorite spots:
Mt. Hood Skibowl | 87000 US-26, Government Camp | Times vary |Thanks to the area’s only conveyor-assisted tubing hill, you won’t have to waste energy trudging back uphill here. Which is good, because you’ll already be out of breath from laughing. Stick around after sundown for what’s said to be the only cosmic tubing in the world, featuring laser shows, black lights, 600,000 LEDs, and more. Tickets range from $25 to $39.
Trillium Sno-Park | 90312 Mt. Hood Hwy., Government Camp | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | This alpine destination is a popular spot for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding to boot — or should we say toboggan? Plus, it’s hard to find a more beautiful view than Mount Hood reflected in a glassy Trillium Lake.
Gabriel Park | Southwest 45th Avenue and Vermont Street, Portland | 5 a.m.-12 a.m. | On the rare occasion that snow falls at city level, grab your saucer and head to this 89-acre park in Southwest Portland. There are plenty of gentle slopes that are perfect for young kids to join in the fun.