Hood is my Home Mountain. It's way worthy to hit Timberline for the sake of the beginner, it's easy riding, but with the best terrain parks on Hood. Meadows is Corporate and the lift lines are long, if you're riding through the weekend avoid that hellhole. Skibowl: it's a small Ma and Pa ski area but with the most righteous terrain of all three Hood resorts, just don't go there if it's not full of fresh snow or it's still not worth it.
If you ride Meadows and get over to the HRM (Hood River Meadows) side, I find the lift lines and weather to be night and day different from the main areas off of Mt hood Express,Vista, Cascade, easyrider and daisy. Stay on Shooting star, Hood River express and stadium lifts. You will not regret. Also there is a sick tree run to the left just before forrest Park