Spout Springs Ski Area and Resort


Area Status: Closed

Spout Springs Ski Area is closed for the 2023-2024 season. 

Spout Springs Ski Area is located at an elevation of approximately 4,920 feet and has a long history as a destination location. The ski area permit boundary includes 1,413 acres and 13 downhill runs that are accessed via two fixed-grip double chairlifts. A portion of these runs are illuminated for night skiing. The nordic system within the permit area includes more than 20 miles of trails that range from beginner to advanced difficulty. The base area features two large chalet-style buildings that serve as the main lodge and rental shop. Although skiing is the focus at Spout Springs, past owners have also promoted mountain biking, hiking, and other forms of summer recreation as well.

 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The Umatilla National Forest is seeking proposals from interested entities to operate and manage the Spout Springs Ski Area. The Forest is looking for an operator who will provide professional management and operational oversight at Spout Springs Ski Area. The operator will be responsible for all aspects of resort management, including but not limited to hiring staff and ski patrol, inspection and maintenance of chairlifts, maintenance of groomer fleet, bar and restaurant operation, facility upkeep, and maintenance tasks.

Additional details, requirements and instructions are included here:

UPDATE - January 2023: In July 2022, the Umatilla National Forest released a “Request for Expression of Interest” for someone to manage and operate Spout Springs. The purpose of that outreach was to gauge the level of interest from individuals or entities in operating the ski area including ideas for expanded recreation opportunities on the site. The Forest Service’s goal is to see Spout Springs once again serving our communities so the RFEI was also intended to help determine next steps based on community interest. Following the announcement, Umatilla National Forest staff received numerous phone calls, emails and messages, including over a dozen formal responses with various proposals for year-round recreation opportunities. The Umatilla National Forest is working with property and realty staff within the federal government to determine potential steps to move forward, which could include a competitive process to advertise and select an operator to initially operate under a Special Use Permit for government owned facilities OR sell the infrastructure. If a sale occurred the business and improvements would belong to the owner of the ski area, but the land would remain in federal ownership. The Forest Service provides and administers a Special Use Permit that allows Spout Springs to operate on National Forest Lands.

This process takes time, but we will share updates on the Forest website as they are available. To receive email notifications regarding Spout Springs Ski Area, please contact Christopher Dennis at christopher.dennis2@usda.gov

 

Umatilla National Forest Contacts:

Johnny Collin, Walla Walla District Ranger – johnny.collin@usda.gov

Umatilla National Forest - sm.fs.umainquiries@usda.gov

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Weston, OR and Elgin, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Private-profit

General Information

Directions:

Located along Oregon State Highway 204 halfway between Weston and Elgin.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Skiing/Snowboarding

Skiers can take advantage of both day and night skiing with two chair lifts, a T-bar, and 11 ski runs. Spout Springs also offers almost 10 miles of groomed and marked cross-country ski trails. They offer downhill skiing, snowboarding, 16 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, also food service, rentals, and instruction.
 

Related Information

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Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
45.74232562

  Longitude : 
-118.0290545

  Elevation : 
5400