As a little tyke I remember heading up to Mt. Hood to learn to ski. I had a pair of lace-up leather boots (yes, that long ago!) and wood skis. It was a different era then, long before snowboards and all the new skis that utilize different configurations of rocker and camber. It was also before the internet, Microsoft, cell phones, Google and tablets. It was a quieter time, less complicated, and less crowded on the slopes! A time when Warren Miller personally narrated his unique brand of ski movies to kick off each season.
Back then my parents took my sister and I to a little resort next to Government Camp called Multorpor, which opened for business in 1928. That same year, Ski Bowl also opened a few hills away and the two ran independently until they merged under the same owner in 1964. Today the resort is owned by the car wash giant Hanna and is known simply as Ski Bowl. It’s claim to fame is that it’s the largest night ski area in the U.S. and is less than a five minute drive from the cabin (that last part is not part of its claim to fame).
The image today is taken of the lodge that exists at what used to be called Multorpor. The ski area doesn’t have any fancy new quad lifts, but the hills are wonderfully fun and the A-frame lodge is still as warm and cozy as ever after a cold night of snow riding.