How does Timberline compare to these 2? I'm also thinking of making a trip up to Oregon this season. Never been before. Thanks.
Timberline is a smaller more mellow than Meadows as far as terrain. Very flat but they can build an awesome park. They do have a small amount of rooms at the lodge itself and it is really pretty, worth a visit any time of year, especially in winter. Would not suggest it for riding though, except for summer because where else are you riding in summer? It gets a little less crowded on weekends which is nice, but really if you're between Meadows, Timberline and Bachelor, Timberline should be your last bet as far as riding and only barely above Meadows for overall resort but still well below Bachelor.
All that being said, at this rate this season, try and spend money leaving Oregon sadly. It's beyond terrible and people don't realize just how bad it is because snow usually isn't even a question, it's just a given here, for the most part they aren't even capable of making snow as they don't own equipment for it (on Hood that is). It's not just bad, it's one of the worst years on record. Great years are near endless powder and blue bird for months, normal years are deep but heavy snow starting as early as December, bad years are packed and tracked powder all season with tracked and shallow off groom, this year
is ride the center of the groom and hope a rock isn't hiding under each ridge of snow. Meadows had to rent a truck to haul snow from the parking lot to fill the base area! Ski Bowl for example which has the best terrain on Hood hasn't even opened for the season and has had to push and cat pack snow since November in the hopes they can get a single lift open this week. I love it here and normally would say Hood and Bachelor are a must for near any rider every season but this year you're better taking a trip to a resort on the "ice coast" like in NY than coming here