This is probably the only Pacific entry in the survey renowned first and foremost for its accommodations. An architectural masterpiece hand-hewn by Depression-era WPA craftsmen, Timberline Lodge features massive log beams, a multi-story stone central fireplace and masterful woodwork: "Touring Timberline Lodge alone is worth the trip," gushes one reader. "Staying there is magical!" coos another. And it starred in The Shining, to boot. Amazingly, the handsome, rustic rooms here-the only slopeside lodging in the state-aren't too steep, considering the Historic Landmark setting. (Prices start as low as $75 for a "chalet" room, and there are midweek and online pricing specials). But then, outdoorsy Oregonians don't value a value so much when they are bored by the "limited terrain." "Not an expert area," grumbles one reader. "Upper slopes lack interest," adds another. Intermediate skiers would disagree, citing the expanse of snow superhighway: "nice long runs that don't surprise." For this, they have head groomer Jeff Flood to thank: An expert in his field, he grooms for the X Games and trains grooming staffs at other resorts. And, of course, no matter how boring those upper slopes might be, no one can complain about the fact that Palmer Snowfield is open all summer long. The glacier, just under Mt. Hood's peak, attracts Olympic trainees. (Some Portlanders on their summer days off have had the pleasure of riding the chairlift with Picabo Street.) Indeed, more than half our survey respondents mentioned summer skiing as Timberline's strongest selling point. "Taking this summer trip to the Hood area was the best vacation I've ever had," says one wowed reader.
(-) "Terrain is intermediate at best." "Severe weather."