All the exhilaration of sliding down a snow-covered slope, yet without any need for technical expertise, draws many families to the snow tubing activities around Mt. Hood in central Oregon each winter.
- Snow tubing is a great way to enjoy the excitement of snow sliding without the technical skill.
- Four ski resorts and two Sno-Parks near Mt. Hood offer snow tubing facilities.
- The ski resorts rent tubes; you’ll have to bring your own to tube at the Sno-Parks.
Snow tubing provides fun activity for the whole family, and no technical skills or lessons are required to enjoy tubing. The ski resorts and Sno-Parks around Mt. Hood are an excellent destination for some snow tubing fun. The resorts groom and maintain their tubing hills to offer a variety of sliding experiences.
Where to Go
Four of the Mt. Hood’s six ski resorts offer tubing areas (Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline do not). A single fee-per-person is charged, and they’ll supply the tubes—no personally-owned tubes or other sleds are allowed at the resorts.
- Cooper Spur: Tubing center, two tubing hills (one easy, one more advanced) with rope tows.
- Summit: Tube Shack, tubing and sledding hill.
- Snow Bunny: Operated by Summit, Snow Bunny is the place for all types of snow play, including a tubing hill.
- Mt. Hood Ski Bowl East: Three tubing runs: main hill, upper hill (steeper), and toddler hill. Ski Bowl has the only automatic tube tow on the mountain.
For those who have their own inner tubes, discs, or sleds, tubing also can be enjoyed at some of the nearby Sno-Parks:
- Little John Sno-Park: 31 miles south of Hood River on OR Highway 35.
- Trillium Lake Sno-Park: 3 miles east of Government Camp on US Highway 26.
Those ski resorts that maintain tubing facilities also provide the tubes—for a flat fee you can use the tube all day. One person per tube is the limit, and age/size restrictions also apply.