Destination: Government Camp, OR, where Mt. Hood Ski Bowl and Timberline are located, both part of the Powder Alliance.
Drive Time: 5 hours from the Stevens Pass area in WA.
The Plan: ski Stevens then head to "Govie" (Government Camp's nickname) for a late arrival. Ski/snowboard 2 days in the area. We planned to go to both of the resorts where we could get in free with our Mountain High passes. The first day we went to Timberline, then considered doing the night ski at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl afterwards but we were too tired. The next day we went back up to Timberline but the weather was too wet so we left early to get a headstart on our next drive.
Lodging: Huckleberry Inn in the heart of Government Camp. They have great rooms for families. We had a room with one queen bed in a loft and a daybed with a trundle b elow it, perfect for both of our teens to have their own bed. The room had a table with 4 chairs, plus right in the hall there was plenty of hangout space with tables and such. They also have dorm rooms. You can't book online; you'll have to call in your reservation. Don't miss the restaurant's huckleberry pie and huckleberry shakes, all made with fresh local ingredients.
Timberline & Mt Hood Skibowl: though we didn't go to the Skibowl, we could see it lit up at night and it looked convenient and fun. For our March trip, it was the only Powder Alliance resort that had night ski, though perhaps others do earlier in the season. Timberline is always fun, and we've gone several times in the summer when it's the only place open to ski in the U.S. Of course the lodge is famous in it's own right as the setting for the movie "The Shining". We brought Stephen King's novel on the trip, and had to peek at Room 217 in the lodge, the spookiest part of the book.
The town: Govie is tiny but has great restaurants, a couple bars, some shops. The area around it has beautiful hiking trails, and further afield lots of orchards and wineries and farmers markets, though these are all for summertime not winter. An hour away Hood River is known for its windsurfing and microbreweries.