XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Snowshoers begin their snowy trek in the Timberline area.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are both wonderful ways to enjoy Mt. Hood in the winter. Snowshoeing is one of the most accessible winter sports; it's considered a great beginner activity and the gear is pretty affordable. Cross-country skiing is slightly more difficult, as it's faster paced and requires more athleticism.

  • Cooper Spur Nordic Center: Provides 6.5 kilometers of trails for skating, traditional striding, and snowshoeing. Cooper Spur Ski Area is a full-service ski area on the north side of Mt. Hood 
  • Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center: Offer up to 15 kilometers of groomed and set track through beautiful, wooded trails and meadows. The Nordic Center is also the starting point for the Elk Meadows and Sahalie Falls snowshoe trails. Snowshoeing is not allowed on the groomed Nordic ski trails, with only a couple of exceptions. 
  • Oregon Nordic Club- Portland Chapter: Portland ONC is a nonprofit volunteer organization that promotes greater participation in outdoor recreation with an emphasis on Nordic & backcountry skiing. The club sponsors numerous overnight and day trips to skiing destinations in the Northwest, including on Mt. Hood.
  • Teacup Nordic: Operated by volunteers and dedicated to cross country skiing, Teacup offers 20 kilometers of groomed trails from beginner to challenging terrain. 

View Oregon Sno-Parks at Mt. Hood to find additional areas with backcountry or groomed nordic skiing & snowshoeing as well as snowmobiling & sledding options. You must have a valid Sno-Park permit in your vehicle windshield when you park in designated winter recreation areas from November 1 to April 30. Oregon Sno-Park permits are available at DMV offices and other vendors

Know Before You Go:

Snowshoeing for Beginners

If you can walk, you can snowshoe!

Snowshoe Equipment 101

  • Bindings: deck size, cleats, optimal amount of cleats necessary for conditions, weight distribution, familiarity with proper fit, binding straps and buckling, etc.
  • Ski poles: very important for beginners, finding your balance, becoming familiar with widened stance; use adjustable poles and big baskets for a more stable trek in deep powder.

Outdoor Clothing

  • Insulated boots
  • Several wicking layers
  • Warm clothing such as wool - not cotton!
  • Ski bibs or snow pants
  • Socks, gloves, hat
  • Parka
  • Gaitors

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities