Mt. Hood Skiing

Mt. Hood Skiing


Skiing Magazine Names Hood River #5 "Top 10 Ski Towns in America"hood river real estate hood river homes tom jenkins mt. hood

 
(Hood River provides right combination of skiing and quality of life - September issue recognizes Hood River By Dave Tragethon, Mt. Hood Meadows)
 
MT. HOOD, or - Hood River, Oregon, has been included in the September issue of Skiing Magazine's list of "Top 10 Ski Towns in America." For skiers considering a serious lifestyle change, Skiing Magazine's 14-page feature profiling real life in America's ten best ski towns provides all the resources readers would need to make the big move: the closest ski resorts, the best legitimate jobs, and testimonials from local residents detailing day-to-day life in each town.
 
Hood River actually placed #5, following Jackson, Wyoming, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Vail, Colorado and Bozeman, Montana.
 
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort vice president and general manager Dave Riley was elated when told of Hood River's achievement. "It is indeed an honor to be included on the same top tem list with long-established ski towns such as Vail, Park City, Stowe and other, however, we are not surprised. Hood River's beauty, charm, energetic lifestyle and easy access to an incredible variety of superior outdoor recreational pursuits makes it a very appealing place to visit, recreate and live. We are happy that Hood River has received the recognition it so richly deserves and thank the publishers of Skiing Magazine for acknowledging Hood River's top ten qualities."
 
Resort marketing director Dave Tragethon sees the naming of Hood River as one of Skiing's top ten ski towns as a great accomplishment. "The community and the resort have worked hard to improve its allure to winter sport enthusiasts. The terrain has always been comparable to the more well known mountains offering nearly 4,000 vertical feet (with snowcat skiing) and 2,150 acres of varied and exciting trails. We've significantly improved the resort experience with investments in grooming equipment, expanded lodge facilities and lift service; but have always emphasized providing excellent value for the recreational dollar. This year we're adding our fifth high speed quad the Vista Express, yet we are still offering a $25 lift ticket to those staying at participating Hood River lodging properties."
 
A decade ago, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort and the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce created a partnership with local lodging properties and businesses to produce a destination advertising campaign aimed at skiers and snowboarders. Hood River was world renown for its world class windsurfing but it was not recognized for its winter attractiveness, particularly being located just a half-hour from the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows. Each season the partnership grew, adding more lodging properties and allowing the resort to increase its advertising reach. The community of Hood River also made many improvements - most notably a downtown renovation which showcased its shopping and dining aspects. Resort officials see the naming of Hood River to the top 10 list as a culmination of ten years of continually improving the winter destination experience.
 
The Skiing Magazine article was written as a guide to "living the dream" for the towns with just the right combination of skiing and quality of life, two of the most important factors that skiers will consider in a relocation. The ideal town also had to be between 5,000 and 50,000 in size and within 35 minutes of 1,800 feet of lift-served vertical. After weighing economics such as median home price, income and rental price as well as snow stats that include acres, inches, and vert, Skiing Magazine finalized its list: 
 
1. Jackson, Wyoming
2. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
3. Vail, Colorado
4. Bozeman, Montana
5. Hood River, Oregon
6. Truckee, California
7. Park City, Utah
8. Breckenridge, Colorado
9. Aspen,Colorado
10. Stowe, Vermont