How to Enjoy Winter Sports in Portland

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Winter comes alive in Portland as the city transforms into a snowy wonderland; one where urban sophistication seamlessly merges with incredible adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned winter athlete or an enthusiastic beginner, Portland’s abundance of winter sports promises exhilarating experiences for everyone on the hunt for memorable experiences. Here’s how to make the most of our Portland winter wonderland.

What to Pack and What to Wear

First things first, preparation is key. Portland’s winter brings crisp air and varying snow conditions, so layering is your best friend. Start with moisture-wicking base layers, followed by insulating mid-layers, and finish with a waterproof outer shell. Don’t forget waterproof gloves, warm hats, and insulated boots to keep extremities cozy. Packing essentials also include sunscreen, goggles or sunglasses for those snow-bright sunny days, and a trusty backpack to carry snacks, water, and any additional gear you might need.

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing on Mt. Hood

Embark on a serene journey through pristine winter landscapes with snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on nearby Mt. Hood. Trails like the Trillium Lake Loop provide breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and tranquil forests overflowing with jaw-dropping beauty. With The Hotel Zags as your starting point, a short drive transports you to all of this winter magic — offering both guided tours and independent adventures for all skill levels.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Seeking downhill thrills? The Portland area boasts several premier ski sites. Spots such as Ski Bowl and Summit Ski Area offer diverse terrains suitable for both novices and experts. Imagine gliding down powdery slopes, surrounded by the majestic scenery of Mt. Hood. Whether you’re perfecting your turns or catching air in the terrain parks, these exciting escapades promise adrenaline-pumping experiences for all winter sports enthusiasts.

Local Snowmobile Tours

For an exhilarating ride through snowy terrain, the region’s snowmobile tours offer a unique perspective of Portland’s winter landscape. Traverse groomed trails and expansive meadows, experiencing the thrill of speed amid snow-covered scenery. Guided tours (from spots like Mt. Hood Outfitters and Central Oregon Adventures) ensure safety while maximizing the excitement, making it a must-try activity for adventure seekers.

Hit the (Sledding) Slopes 

For family-friendly fun that’s a blast for everyone, sledding at White River Sno-Park, Little John Sno-Park, or Trillium Lake brings joy to all ages. Grab a sled, find a hill, and let gravity guide you down thrilling descents. These designated sledding areas are just as safe as they are fun, providing endless entertainment and creating cherished winter memories.

Ice Skating Extravaganza

There’s something special about strapping on your skates, and gliding gently across the ice. Embrace the grace and elegance of ice skating at spots like Portland Winter Ice Rink and Sherwood Ice Arena. Glide across pristine ice, surrounded by festive ambiance and twinkling lights. Whether you’re practicing spins or enjoying leisurely laps, ice skating offers a delightful winter experience for everyone.

Gear Up for Adventure

Heading out for some exhilarating winter activities? The Hotel Zags welcomes guests to avail themselves of our famous Gear Shed! Equipped with a variety of adventure equipment, the Gear Shed ensures guests have everything they could need for every outdoor escapade. Additionally, for anyone seeking specialized gear or equipment rentals, our partners at Next Adventure are happy to provide a comprehensive selection of winter sports gear, ensuring you’re well-equipped for all your Portland adventures.

Experience a Winter Wonderland With The Hotel Zags

Portland’s winters beckon with a myriad of snowy delights certain to offer every adventurer fun-filled feats of frozen festivity. And The Hotel Zags offers an ideal base camp for exploring these winter wonders! We offer a central location, competitive rates, exceptional accommodations and a host of guest-first amenities that you simply won’t find anywhere else. When it’s time to plan, take a look at our Special Offers page to reserve your seasonal escape. Then embrace the season’s magic and discover why Portland remains a premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts!