The snowboarding season is upon us! We just got back from a trip to Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon and had a blast snowboarding there. The tickets are more expensive than I remembered, ($79 for an adult day pass), but the terrain park was awesome and we had a great day boarding. My buddy used to live in Hood River and we had always meant to get up to the mountain, but it didn’t happen until we finally got together last week. What an amazing trip! His kids all had mini gear and boards and picked it up right away. They were blasting down the kid runs and it won’t be long until they’re keeping up with us.

It was near freezing the day we went, but we had 8″ of fresh powder and the terrain park was perfect. It’s been awhile since I’d been in a half-pipe, but I got my turns down and was pulling 180’s and 360’s soon enough – although my landings could have been cleaner. They’ve got some slick technology up there now, with RFID tags on all the tickets, digital trail maps, and even GPS tracking – they call it “Track Your Turns” – which my buddy took advantage of. You can get lessons and rent your gear up there as well. They’ve got some great instructors, for kids and adults alike. I’m thinking of taking some private lessons next time we go up to hone my skills. From what I learned, they have clinics and camps, private lessons, consecutive week programs, adaptive & freeride coaching and basic ski schools as well.

The resort was nice too. Good food and drinks while we were up there. Someone was even having a wedding while we were there…it looked cold but fun! Fully catered with awesome food…I was tempted to try and crash the wedding but kind of difficult with the snow-boarding gear I was wearing. The South and North lodges had most of the food options, and being a self-proclaimed “foodie” I had to try appetizers at several places. Good stuff! We also grabbed some coffee at the Higher Grounds Coffee Cafe (aptly named) before our afternoon runs.

To avoid traffic, we stayed until later in the day when all of the other families were heading out. Heading back down the mountain we were wrecked, but starving and thirsty. I had been dying to try out some local micro-brews, so we stopped in for some of the best pizza Bend, OR had to offer – at Pacific Pizza and Brew. What a beer selection! Awesome pizza and salads, and it was all I could do not to keep trying new micro-brews. The samplers at least were small, thankfully. I tasted about twenty different beers, between my orders and my friend’s beer orders. The kids loved the buffalo wings and fries, and they had checker boards printed on the backs of their pizza boxes with tokens, so we played games while we waited for our food.

All in all, it was an awesome trip. I can’t wait to go back again!

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