White River Ski Tour

Mount Hood Wilderness

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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White River Ski Tour


  • Leaving the treeline, many lines come into view.- White River Ski Tour
  • White River is a great place for the dogs.- White River Ski Tour
  • Easy skinning along the Fin.- White River Ski Tour
  • Few runs on Mount Hood are longer than White River.- White River Ski Tour
  • Snack-time at the top of the Fin.- White River Ski Tour
  • Mellow terrain up high in White River.- White River Ski Tour
  • Skiing next to a waterfall, White River has that.- White River Ski Tour
  • Skiing next to a waterfall, White River has that.- White River Ski Tour
  • The Fin and White River.- White River Ski Tour
Overview + Weather
Easy access. Great views. Good skiing.
Windy. Crowds. Terrain traps.
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Max slope angle: 
0-15 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Total Distance: 
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,300.00 ft (1,310.64 m)
Vertical descent: 
4,000.00 ft (1,219.20 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


White River Canyon is a popular spot for all kinds of winter recreation. The lower area is popular for sledders, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers, while great backcountry skiing can be found further up the canyon. 

What makes White River so great is the variety in terrain. On storm days, the best skiing can be found on the flanks of the canyon where you'll find short and playful skiing. On sunny spring days, you can make it all the way up to the Steel Cliffs at 9,500 feet and enjoy a ski of a few miles back to your car. 

The tour starts with a pleasant 1.5-mile tour up to the tree line. To the west you'll find short and playful lines. Further up the canyon, the prominent Fin holds some good turns that you can lap all day. On clear and calm days, going higher on the mountain allows for long and mellow runs. 

Be aware of the many terrain traps located within the canyon, and be sure to pay attention to your route and carry navigational tools such as a GPS and/or map and compass.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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