The White River West Sno Park, normally the scene of much sledding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and other forms of winter merriment, will not be open this winter.
The Mount Hood National Forest, in a press release posted on its website, says eight acres of “snow play” area and three acres of parking—enough for 200 cars—were wiped out when the White River went berserk in November. The same event also destroyed a section of Highway 35, which crews managed to re-open on December 8.
With easy access from Highway 35 and plenty of open spaces to romp in, the park has been immensely popular for years, and its closing will no doubt cause some parking strain at other locations. A list of alternate options is available from the Forest's website
If it's tubing you're after, the Forest Service recommends the Little John Sno Park, down Highway 35, or you can pay the fees to use the hills along Highway 26 at Skibowl East ($15), Summit ($12), and Snow Bunny ($10).