Hiking the cone at Mt. Bachelor. Photo: Clark

Hiking the cone at Mt. Bachelor. Photo: Courtesy of Clark

Storms may be a hindrance on the Coast, but it's heaven in the mountains. Here is the lowdown on the ski areas we explored throughout Oregon:

Mt. Bachelor

Photographer Adam Clark, taking a break from the camera for a moment at Mt. Bachelor.

Photographer Adam Clark, taking a break from the camera for a moment at Mt. Bachelor. Photo: Courtesy of Clark

The premier ski area in Central Oregon, 9,065-foot Mount Bachelor features 3,700 skiable acres and annually averages 450 inches of snow. Be sure to explore the conifer-filled powder alleys off the Northwest Express and stop by the Clearing Rock Bar for pitchers of hard cider.

Proximity to town: 30 minutes to Bend and Sunriver
Full-day lift ticket: $84
Number of runs: 88
Longest run: 4 miles
Vertical: 3,365 feet
Annual snowfall: 450
Fun fact: Mt. Bachelor's season is one of the longest in the Northwest, usually starting in November by Thanksgiving and lasting well into May.

Anthony Lakes

Pow  turns at Anthony Lakes. Photo: Clark

Pow turns at Anthony Lakes. Photo: Courtesy of Clark

Set in the Elkhorn Mountains outside Baker City, the one-lift ski area tops out at 8,000 feet and has the highest base area elevation (7,100 feet) of any ski area in the Northwest. The general manager, Peter Johnson, has clearly made the ski experience about the skiing, a relative novelty in today's real-estate-centric ski resort industry.

The 1,100 skiable acres is serviced by that one lift. We loved this place!

Proximity to town: 45 minutes to Baker City
Full-day lift ticket: $35
Number of runs: 21
Longest run: 2 miles
Vertical: 900 feet
Annual snowfall: 300 inches
Fun fact: On "Powder Thursdays," the ski area charges half price for a full-day ticket for, wait for it, $17.50! That's practically the same rate as when the ski area opened in 1961.

Mt. Hood Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows. Photo: Clark

Mt. Hood Meadows. Photo: Courtesy of Clark

On the eastern side of Mount Hood, Meadows offer the best skiing for the advanced skier, with steeper runs down Heather Canyon and great tree skiing. It's 2,150 skiable acres with something for just about everybody.

Proximity to town: 90 minutes to Portland
Full-day lift ticket: $74
Number of runs: 87
Longest run: 3 miles
Vertical: 4,500 feet
Annual snowfall: 430 inches
Fun fact: Mt. Hood Meadows is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Timberline

The top of Mt. Hood. View from Timberline. Photo: Clark

The top of Mt. Hood. View from Timberline. Photo: Courtesy of Clark

Closer to Portland, Timberline is a great spot to visit for hot chocolate or a cocktail at the historic Timberline Lodge and mellow groomers for the intermediate skier. If you like catching air, Timberline also features one of the best terrain parks in the Northwest. And the view of Mt. Hood from up there is just stunning.

Proximity to town: 60 minutes to Portland
Full-day lift ticket: $66
Number of runs: 41
Longest run: 3 miles
Vertical: 3,690 feet
Annual snowfall: 400 inches
Fun Fact: The Timberline Lodge is located near the top of an 11,245-foot volcano — the tallest mountain in Oregon. It’s also where exterior shots of Timberline were used in The Shining.

Mt. Hood Skibowl

Serving up the best tree skiing on Hood, Skibowl sits on the lower west flank of Hood and offers up the best and most featured steep skiing. Only problem is that its base area sits at 3,600 feet, so it could be raining there and snowing up at Timberline and Meadows.

Proximity to town: 60 minutes to Portland
Full-day lift ticket: $50 ($29 for Twilight from 7 p.m. to close)
Number of runs: 65
Longest run: 3 miles
Vertical: 1,500 feet
Annual snowfall: 300 inches
Fun fact: Skibowl has he largest night skiing terrain in the country. All lifts, including the Lower Bowl, Upper Bowl, Multorpor and Cascade lifts have lighting, providing 34 lit runs for you to enjoy. 

John Stifter & Janna Irons, @vanventures

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For more information about Oregon's ski areas and current conditions, visit skioregon.org.