PLAN YOUR TRIP
STEP 1: MAKE A RESERVATION
Although we often have space for walk ins on a first come first serve basis, we always recommend making a reservation! Check out our Book Online page for reservations!
STEP 2: COMPLETE YOUR PAPERWORK
To help make the check in process go quicker and smoother, we ask that you:
Please print, complete, and bring the Release Form to your lesson. One form is required per group.
If you reserved the packages with rentals, complete the online Rental Self Entry for each student.
STEP 3: WHERE TO GO
Olympic Ski and Snowboard School is located at the base of Skibowl West. Our building is adjacent to the parking lot on the eastern side. Please check into the Ski School Office first when you arrive!
Please be aware that roads leading to our resort often have hazardous driving conditions. Always carry chains/proper equipment during winter mountain driving and expect weather and traffic-related delays.
Mount Hood Skibowl is the closest mountain resort to Portland. We are approximately 50 miles East of Portland on US Highway 26 in Government Camp. Travel time from downtown Portland is about one hour without delays. The Ski and Snowboard School is in the parking lot of Skibowl West which is on the right hand side of Hwy 26 just as you crest the top of the pass.
STEP 4: WHEN TO ARRIVE
We ask that you arrive an hour early and two hours early on weekends/holidays from your scheduled lesson time. Students who arrive within 30min of their lesson will be unable to participate.
If you are the first private lesson of the day (3pm weekdays, 9am weekends/holidays), please arrive 30min prior to your lesson when our office opens. Our office opens by 2:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am on Friday, weekends and holidays.
STEP 5: WHAT TO BRING
Your completed Release Form (one per group)
What to Wear:
Outdoor experts have found that three layers of good fitting clothes made from modern materials work best:
The first layer is usually composed of long underwear designed to wick moisture away from your body and keep you dry.
Second layers are there to keep you warm and are often made from wool or fleece.
The third or outer layer should keep wind and moisture from entering.
Coat and pants (either bring your own or rent from our Rental Shop) that are water-resistant.
A hat or helmet to keep your head warm and dry. We also recommend helmets, which are available to rent.
Gloves are a necessity and waterproof ones are the best.
A single pair of warm socks are important.
A pair of sunglasses or goggles. Although not necessary, they are very helpful in bright sun or snowy conditions.
Either rent through Ski Bowl (included for an awesome price in our packages)
Or bring your own equipment including skis/boots/bindings/poles or snowboard/boots. Please make sure the equipment fits properly and has been examined by a professional for safety.
If you rent, please fill out our online Rental Self-Entry form in advance!
A credit card to put on file for the $400 rental insurance hold. You will not be charged unless your rental equipment is damaged, lost or stolen.
You will also need a Sno Park parking pass. All Mt. Hood area ski resorts are on US Forest Service property and ODOT requires a winter ‘parking permit’ on every vehicle. The small fees collected for these permits help offset expenses related to keeping the mountain roads open during the winter. These permits are sold at many stores in the Portland region and at most stores and gas stations along the Hwy 26 route up to the mountain. We also offer them for purchase at Skibowl customer service.
STEP 6: HAVE AN AWESOME LESSON!
Our instructors are qualified through our PSIA/AASI Registered Ski School to teach the best learning progression out there! They spend a good deal of their time taking lessons themselves and learning to become better instructors and are excited to meet and teach you!