Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's Snow Time on Mt. Hood: Shuttles, Buses and Sleighs


Travel Portland just reminded me that snow is expected in the mountains. There are many ways to enjoy the snow, even for a person like me who just wants to enjoy the beauty of the winter wonderland.

Not a snow bunny either, but still want to experience the backcountry of the Mt. Hood National Forest? Check in with Mt. Hood Adventure for snowmobile tours with experienced guides throughout the ski season. Enjoy the scenery at a slower pace with sleigh and carriage rides through Government Camp fueled by traditional horsepower (Belgian draft horses, to be exact) over the holidays.

Here's my idea of winter transportation!
For a car-free and carefree ride up the mountain, use bus and shuttle services and let the pros navigate winter roads. From the Gresham Central MAX station, connect with Mt. Hood Express, which serves communities along Highway 26, from Sandy to Government Camp and Timberline. A one-way trip is just $2, and an all-day pass is $5 (no service on Thanksgiving or Christmas). Mt. Hood Meadows offers a park & ride bus option, with service from Beaverton, Tualatin and Gateway Transit Center. Advance booking is required and includes lift tickets; novices can add lessons and rentals.

With Sea to Summit, catch an express shuttle to the mountains from stops in the Pearl District and at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Custom-equipped 4x4 vehicles are outfitted with rack systems to stow gear for a worry-free excursion.