January is Learn a Snow Sport Month
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January is National Learn a Snow Sport Month and the unlikely ambassador is extreme skier, Glen Plake.

"Most people know me as an extreme skier and I admit I have done some pretty crazy things on snow. I’ve worked hard to be able to do some things most people can’t do or shouldn’t do. One thing I’ve learned during my career is that, first and foremost, snow sports are FUN!"

You do not have decide to become an exteme skier to learn a snow sport.  You can learn to downhill ski or telemark ski, snowboard, cross-country ski or snowshoe or even go skijoring with your dog.

With 5 lift-operated ski areas (Mt Hood Meadows, Timberline, Mt Hood SkiBowl, Summit Ski Area and Cooper Spur), there are plenty of opportunities to learn one of the faster snow sports that have you moving downhill on a customized board designed for that sport.  The 3 larger ski areas have promotional opportunities this month to help you on your way to learning a snow sport.
For a quieter snow sport that still gets your heart rate going, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.  There are several types of cross-country skis including skating, track and back country.  Snowshoeing is a good entry level snow sport as it is very stable and snowshoes are easier to balance on that skis.  There are dozens of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, the most popular being Crosstown Trail and the multitude of other trails that intersect this trail, Trillium Lake, Barlow Pass, Bennet Pass and White River.  Groomed trails are located at Mt Hood Meadows and Teacup Lake.  Check with the Zigzag Ranger Station or Mountain Tracks Ski Shop for more details and maps.  You can also rent gear at Mountain Tracks.
If you like the idea of getting out in the snow with your dog and letting him do some of the work, try skijoring.  Popular trails are at Frog Lake, Clear Lake and Skyline Sno-Parks.  For more info on skijoring, check out this article at or contact the Cascade Sled Dog Club.
Stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental when you head up to Mt Hood to learn a new snow sport and avoid the long drive home after a day in the snow.  Soothe tired muscles in the hot tub or curl up in a blanket in front of the fireplace while a warm pot of chili simmers on the stove top.
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