Snowy winter road in Mt Hood

Preparing for Your Mt Hood Winter Adventure

The Villages of Mt Hood are beautiful covered in fluffy new snow. There can be 6 inches to 6 feet of snow surrounding Mt Hood Vacation Rentals' cabins, lodges and chalets depending upon the elevation of the Village you are staying in. We want to be sure you are prepared to drive and play in the snow when you get here.

Mt Hood Winter Adventure Checklist

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4WD or AWD & Chains or Snow Tires

While Mt Hood roads are maintained, snow can pile up and stick. We recommend driving a 4WD or AWD vehicle for your Mt Hood adventure.

Chains or snow tires (with the snowflake icon) are required in Oregon. Be sure to practice putting your chains on before you get here so you're prepared.


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Pack Your Car With the Winter Essentials

Make sure your car is in good operating condition and keep the following essentials in your vehicle:

  • Snow shovel & snow scraper
  • Blanket & flashlights
  • Drinking water & snacks

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Driving Directions & Sno-Park Permits

  • Sno-Park Permits are required at ski areas and snow play areas. They are available in our office as well as at many locations.
  • Visit TripCheck to view road conditions
  • Do NOT rely on your GPS; they are often inaccurate around Mt Hood
  • If you are driving on a USFS Road, please note it will not be maintained or plowed

Resources For Your Winter Mt Hood Adventure

How to Drive Mt Hood in the Winter

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Stay Toasty at these Mt Hood Rentals

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