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Guide to Skiing From Eugene

Published: December 09, 2019

 

From Eugene there are two ski resort destinations: Willamette Pass and Hoodoo. Eugene's local ski shop, Berg's, schedules bus trips to both resorts for ski days. Trips vary depending on lift operation and local demand. You can also stay in Oakridge or the McKenzie River area for a more leisurely skiing experience.

Willamette Pass

Skiing Willamette Pass by Thomas Moser
Ski Lift at Willamette Pass by Thomas Moser

 

Willamette Pass is the closest, about an hour driving Highway 58 east at a base elevation of 5,120 feet. This smaller, family-friendly ski lodge is just above the mountain communities of Oakridge/Westfir where you can stop to dine or stay overnight. The ski resort offers over 500 acres of skiable terrain, with approximately half of it groomed. There are four lifts (including a six-person high speed lift) and one magic carpet for beginners. The mountain trails cater predominately to intermediate/beginner skiers, so this is a perfect place for family skiing. From the 6,683 foot Eagle Peak summit take in the stunning 360-degree view of the Cascades and three glimmering lakes: Waldo, Crescent and Odell. Trails splinter off down all sides of the mountain, with many quiet woodsy runs in addition to the wide open face.

In addition to downhill skiing there are Nordic trails for cross-country and a terrain park for snowboarding. The lodge itself has locker rooms and lockers, a ski shop, a cafeteria and lunch room (you can also bring your own food) and a lounge with views of the "By George" run under the main lift to Eagle Peak.

Rent your gear in Eugene at Berg's or up on the mountain at the lodge. Willamette Pass also offers skiing or snowboarding lessons and half or full-day ski camp for children – just reserve ahead of time. The bunny hill is adjacent the ski school and with its gentle slope and magic carpet it is an excellent hub for learning.

If you are looking for tubing or sledding, check out Salt Creek Sno-Park instead.

Please note that Willamette Pass Resort does not accept cash, American Express or personal checks.

Hoodoo Ski Area

Adaptive Skiing by City of Eugene LRCS Department
Adaptive Skiing by City of Eugene LRCS Department

 

Hoodoo Ski Area is 90 minutes east along Highway 126 through the McKenzie River region. Stay in a riverfront lodge or cabin to be closer to the action. Stop for lunch at the Obsidian Grill or Takoda's restaurant. And to defrost after a day on the slopes, soak in the hot springs at either the mineral spring-fed swimming pool at Belknap Hot Springs or the natural multi-tiered pools at Terwilliger

The Hoodoo lodge sits at 4,668 feet with five lifts whisking skiers to 34 runs, forty percent rated as "expert". The summit is at Oregon's Santiam Pass with plenty of wide open slopes across the gentle rounded butte and miles of Nordic tracks. Along with their 800 acres of terrain, Hoodoo's more extensive ski resort offers an autobahn tubing park – one of the largest tubing parks in the West. 

The lodge cafeteria and bar offers basic hot food and drinks. Hoodoo also offers ski school or daycare. Rent your gear on the mountain or shop their ski store.

Turn Your Ski Day into a Weekend

If a day on the slopes is not enough, stay close by in Oakridge/Westfir or along the McKenzie River. Imagine quiet evenings soaking in a hot tub or sitting by a crackling fire after a day on the slopes. Explore the nearby communities and discover farm-to-table dining, art galleries and hot springs. And most of all, enjoy the beauty of the staying in the mountains.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.