Ski season is upon us!
If you love Mount Hood in winter and are looking for a like-minded community to join, you have options ranging from hard-core racing to super-active social groups, not to mention the longest-running all-volunteer ski patrol in the American West.
The Northwest Ski Club Council is based in Portland, representing over 10,000 skiers and snowboarders, and some of the most active and popular clubs gather on Mount Hood for races, parties and other activities.
Here are nine active snowsport clubs on Mount Hood:
Mt. Hood Ski Patrol was formed in 1937. The organization is composed of about 300 volunteer patrollers who help out the resorts on weekends and holidays and another 120 mountain hosts who provide guest services at Skibowl and Timberline. Members get free passes depending on how many days they work the mountain. Tryouts are scheduled for March, and anyone considering training to join the ranks can fill out the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol's online form.
Cascade Ski Club was founded in 1928 by Norwegian ski jumpers. The club offers the sweet membership benefit of affordable lodging and meals in Government Camp at the Grand Lodge, a mountain gathering place since 1947. Membership is open to all, and dues are $115 for a primary adult, $50 for spouses or seniors, $25 for children under 18. 503-272-9204.
The Oregon Nordic Club has a Portland Chapter and a Columbia Gorge Chapter, and they operate an excellent network of groomed trails around Teacup Lake. Membership is open to all and dues are $27 per year. Members can sign up online.
Schnee Vogeli is Mount Hood's all-male ski club, founded in 1942. They have won the PACRAT team racing competition for three years running and they organize the annual Pray for Snow event in Govy. Membership by invitation only.