There are a few winter locations around the base of Mount Hood that offer flat terrain that is perfect for learning to ski. The Trillium Lake Loop, Teacup Sno-Park and the Skibowl East Sno-park are all popular choices. If you’ve tried these three spots and are ready for the next challenge, head to Barlow Pass Sno-Park for some varied terrain. Although it's most popular with snowshoers, the ski down to Beaver Marsh is a steady decline along a forest road that affords one (and only one) particularly spectacular view of Mount Hood. The road then proceeds down to the East Fork of the Salmon River and the marshy flatlands. Be sure to carry a GPS or a map and compass as the trail meanders through heavily wooded backcountry and can be difficult to find in fresh snow.
Note: The clearing near the parking lot is also excellent for sledding.
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.