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I'm heading up to Oregon from LA this weekend and will have a few hours on Saturday morning to myself. I get in to PDX late Friday night and leave Sunday morning - I have to meet someone in Portland at 5 pm on Saturday, but I will have the whole day to myself and have always wanted to get some of that PNW snow. Any recommendations for a ski area that I can get to with that tight of a window? I believe Mt Hood is closest, but I'm not entirely sure and I also want to make sure I can get a few hours in after I factor in travel time, driving conditions, etc.
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you might be able to make it to ski bowl its about 50-60mins from portland. Traffic could be a nightmare since they are about to get dumped on.
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Pdx is 1 hour to government camp/ski bowl. Thats on clear roads. Make sure you leave by 7am for lightest traffic. I would do meadows personally.
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I was thinking that. I deal with that all the time here in LA - Hopefully, I can beat the traffic if I get up there early enough. Any idea if I will need tire chains to get up there?
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If its snowing, which it probably will be this weekend, yes. Just pay extra for them from the rental company.
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If its snowing, which it probably will be this weekend, yes. Just pay extra for them from the rental company.
Never realized I could rent tire chains - Great advice, thank you. Looks like Meadows is an extra 30 mins away. What makes you suggest that spot over skibowl?
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If its snowing, which it probably will be this weekend, yes. Just pay extra for them from the rental company.
Hertz does not offer tire chains and apparently they do not recommend using tire chains on their vehicles. I got a 4WD Jeep. Do you know if they require chains to get up to Skibowl or if 4WD is sufficient?
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Law is 4wd with snow tires OR 2wd with chains on your drive tires. That law is enforeced if you get stopped, have an accident or cant move/hold up traffic. Odds are you will be ok. All of my vehicles have snow rated tires. Unfortunately in the US there is no requirement for rentals to put on snow tires. 4wd is a good start though, just take it extra easy on curves and downhills if there are not snow rated tires.
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Law is 4wd with snow tires OR 2wd with chains on your drive tires. That law is enforeced if you get stopped, have an accident or cant move/hold up traffic. Odds are you will be ok. All of my vehicles have snow rated tires. Unfortunately in the US there is no requirement for rentals to put on snow tires. 4wd is a good start though, just take it extra easy on curves and downhills if there are not snow rated tires.
Thanks a lot man! I've been reading on here about the different options on Hood and I think I am leaning more toward Meadows now too.
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Yeah meadows is sick. I only suggested ski bowl cause it's easiest and closest to get to. Meadows fills up quick and on a good day can take over 2 hrs to get to. Leave Portland super early. Ski bowl is better more fun terrain but it needs a lot of snow before the fun stuff is accessible.
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