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Skibowl West

87000 U.S. Highway 26

Government Camp, OR 97028

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Even though it’s chilly, winter is one of the most beautiful times of year in the Pacific Northwest. Let’s head up to Mt. Hood to snowshoe through the trees and take in the beautiful mountain air!

Note: as with all Living Big events, this event is for women only. A major tenet of Living Big is to make travel and adventures more accessible to women who don’t want to go at it alone. To learn more about the philosophy, click here.



What can I expect from the day?

At 10:30AM we’ll leave the Skibowl WEST base lodge area and take a short walk to the trailhead for Summit Trail #691. Here we will learn how to put on our snowshoes, how to use our poles, how to hike in snowshoes and answer any questions and address safety precautions before we get started. The first part of our hike will take about one hour and is roughly one mile. We will stop along the way to rest, soak in our beautiful surroundings, and adjust our gear. At approximately noon we will stop at a local ski lodge for lunch and a warm-up, before the final mile-long hike back to the starting point.

What should I wear & what should I bring?

A full packing list with advice on what to wear is available to read here, but plan on the following:

  • a basic set of snowshoes, poles and waterproof boots

  • lightweight layers (you’ll get warm once we get going!) such as long-sleeve t-shirts, thin fleece jackets, fleece or water-resistant pants and a lightweight jacket. Make sure your exterior layer is waterproof.

  • something to keep your head, neck, ears and hands warm

  • a backpack that can carry: water, your lunch, tissues, personal safety/medicine, sunglasses and lip protection.

Where can I rent showshoes and poles?

You can rent equipment at a number of retailers in Portland and Sandy. Contact information for a select group of retailers is outlined below. Consider calling to reserve your equipment in advance.

  • REI – Portland: 1405 NW Johnson Street, Portland 97209, 503.221.1938

  • Otto’s Ski Shop – Sandy: 38716 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055, 503.668.5947

What level of activity should I expect?

The trip is moderately strenuous and best enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. You’ll be walking through snow, sometimes at a slight uphill or downhill elevation.Participants should take personal responsibility to ensure they are physically able and healthy to participate. If in doubt, consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are healthy and physically able to participate.

When should I arrive & where do I park?

We will be meeting inside the Skibowl WEST base area lodge. There are two base areas connected to Skibowl – one is called Skibowl WEST and the other is called Skibowl EAST. The area we are meeting (and where you should park) is called Skibowl WEST. If you’re driving from Portland up Highway 26, Skibowl WEST will be on the right-hand side of the road before you get to Government Camp. Please note: we will be leaving the Skibowl WEST base area lodge promptly at 10:30AM. Please arrive early enough to take care of all rentals, parking, use the restroom, etc. before 10:30AM. If for any reason you think you might be running late, please contact your Trip Host.

Do I need a parking pass/permit to park at Skibowl WEST?

Yes, all vehicles parked on Mt. Hood need to have a valid State of Oregon Sno-Park permit displayed in the vehicles front window. You can buy day-use permits at many locations in Portland (including REI) at many rental shops, and at Joe’s Donut in Sandy. For the full list of locations authorized to sell permits, visit this page.

What if I don’t want to/can’t drive myself up the mountain?

Consider riding the Mt. Hood Express public bus that departs from downtown Sandy everyday. To ride, park in downtown Sandy (near Joe’s Donut or in the City Hall parking lot, which is a designated Park and Ride on the weekends) and then walk to the Sandy Transit Center, located at 17499 Hoffman Avenue. The current schedule for Saturdays has a bus leaving the Sandy Transit Center at 7:55AM and arriving at the Skibowl WEST base lodge area (right where we meet) at 8:32AM and a later bus that departs the Sandy Transit Center at 9:25AM and arrives at the Skibowl WEST base lodge area at 10:02AM. To ride, pay $2 cash on board to the driver and get off when the Skibowl WEST stop is announced. At the end of the day, you can catch the same bus at the Skibowl WEST stop at 3:03PM and return to the Sandy Transit Center at 3:39PM. All times are estimates as published online. Check the online schedule before riding to reconfirm times and arrive early, as seating is first come, first serve as space is available. Buses do fill up; so consider riding the early bus to ensure you are at the Skibowl WEST base lodge area ready to leave for the hike at 10:30AM. For more information, click here.

Alternatively, your Trip Host will attempt to coordinate drivers willing to take other passengers.

What about lunch?

You should plan on bringing a sack lunch in your backpack. We’ll be eating lunch during the hike. We’ll be stopping to eat lunch at an area that does sell a limited food menu that generally includes grilled burgers, fries, nachos, chips, warm drinks, etc.

What happens if it is bad weather?

If it is lightly raining or snowing the snowshoeing trip will likely continue. The area we are snowshoeing is heavily forested with tall trees that often obscure us from the elements. But if the weather or drive to the mountain would make it impossible to complete the hike, or if there is not sufficient snow on the ground to snowshoe, you will receive a personal phone call from your trip host no later than 6:30AM (PST) on Saturday, Feb. 3 and the showshoeing trip will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 24. If you are not able to make the alternative date, your registration can be transferred to another person at no charge or you will be refunded the full ticket price. Refund and transfer requests must be received by noon on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10AM (PST).

Do I need to print out and bring a ticket to get in?

No, it isn’t necessary to bring a printed ticket.

Is there a minimum age for this event?

Women over the age of 15, that are physically able to participate, are welcome to join. Women between the ages of 15-17 may participate, provided that their parent or legal guardian is also registered and plans to fully participate. Their parent or legal guardian must complete their registration and sign the waiver on their behalf.

Is this event for women, only?

Yes, all Living Big Adventure Club events are for women, only. A major tenet of Living Big is to make travel and adventures more accessible to women who don’t want to go at it alone. To learn more about the philosophy, click here.

What is Living Big's policy on non-discrimination and violence?

Please take a moment to review the Living Big policy towards anti-discrimination and violence. Click here to review. If you’re on board with this philosophy, and can join us in creating a safe, comfortable and judgment-free zone, then we’d love to have you join for an adventure!

What is your refund policy?

We will automatically refund all tickets up to 7 days before the event.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please contact Katie Weltner (Katie@LivingBig.org or 425-681-4061) with any questions.

How do I learn more about the Living Big Adventure Club?

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Skibowl West

87000 U.S. Highway 26

Government Camp, OR 97028

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