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.
To those out around Portland...what're the roads like getting to the mountains if there is some snow coming down? We have secured a Mazda3 hatchback with roofrack for our entire trip so we can do as we please. I know the person whose car we will be using does not have chains, is that something we will need to have on hand just in case?
Just trying to be prepared.
You will definitely need chains on a Mazda 3. I had an 06 and an 07 and got stuck without.