Timberline's Summit Pass (formerly known as Summit Ski Area) is officially part of the Timberline ski area as of 2021, increasing Timberline's vertical terrain to 4,540 feet, the longest in the United States. Located in Government Camp, Oregon, the Summit Pass Lodge and base area offer affordable access to its beginner ski and snowboard terrain, as well as lessons, rentals, a restaurant and snow tubing area.
While this long vertical from Timberline to Summit Pass is not yet lift-serviced, it is accessible via other transportation methods and available when there is enough snow at all elevations. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders with a Timberline lift ticket or season pass can take the Timberline Resort Shuttle from Summit Pass in Government Camp up to Timberline (Summit Pass lift tickets and passes are not valid for 4,540' vertical access). At Timberline, catch the Magic Mile Chair Lift up to the Palmer Snowcat access point to be taken to the top of Palmer. Enjoy the ride down to the Alpine Trail or West Leg Road, which ends at the bottom of Summit Pass.
Products and Pricing
2023/2024 Summit Pass Lift Tickets and Season Passes
The Summit Season Pass includes unlimited access at Summit Pass in Government Camp. In March, the Summit Pass upgrades to a Timberline Spring Pass, which is valid for unlimited skiing and riding throughout Timberline until May 27, 2024. Summit Passholders also receive 25% off daily lift tickets for themselves at Timberline.
Summit Pass lift tickets can be purchased upon arrival and are valid only at Timberline's beginner ski and snowboard area in Government Camp. These tickets may be upgraded at Guest Services for full access to all of Timberline's terrain.
Group discounts for 10 - 50 people at Summit can be arranged for Mondays - Fridays. Group bookings can be organized to include rentals ready upon arrival, meals, and lessons arranged so your group can hit the slopes immediately. Timberline Summit Pass can accommodate ski groups from 10 or more people. Review pricing options and get in touch with us by filling out the Ski Groups Information Form After submitting the form, the Group Sales Office will send you a link to log in and register your group. All participants need to submit their e-forms 72 hours prior to arrival. Lessons info is required 7 days in advance.
All participants must follow attendants’ instructions. Failure to do so will result in removal of your ticket without refund.
No entrance permitted to the park without a valid snow tube ticket and signed release.
Helmets are strongly recommended for all participants, especially children.
Children under 36 inches in height are not permitted in the snow tube park.
Each individual has to ride the tube alone, no doubles. However, tubes can be tethered together.
Our staff will not be responsible for supervising or monitoring children’s activity.
Ski boots are not permitted to be worn while snow tubing.
Unsafe conduct will result in the removal of ticket without refund.
Use of any sliding device other that the tubes provided is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.
We reserve the right to close the park at any time for any reason.
Summit Pass Rentals and Lessons
LESSONS At Summit Pass, the gentle slope and our experienced instructors make the learning process fun! Summit Pass Group Lessons will be available weekends and holidays only, December 16th – April 7th, snow permitting.
Summit Pass lessons are 2-hour group lessons, ages 4 and up. $85 includes a Summit Pass lift ticket. Add $44 for age 13+ rentals, $34 for ages 7-12, or $20 for rentals up to ages 4-6. Helmets are $10 extra.
BOOK ONLINE or call 503-272-3341 to request a lesson starting Oct. 1st.
RENTALS Summit Pass is proud to offer a wide variety of top-of-the-line skiing and snowboarding gear for rentals. Snow tubes are free with your tubing ticket. All rentals are available first-come-first-served.
At Summit Pass, we offer lessons that cater to beginning students. Our primary focus will be on the beginner progression, learning to balance on the equipment, turn and stop. Lessons will be taught primarily at Heidi’s Conveyer Belt Learning Area.
What skill levels can Summit Pass accommodate?
Summit Pass has some of the best learning terrain on Mt. Hood, and is primarily for people who are new to snowsports. Our goal at Summit Pass is to help make the beginner experience as fun and enjoyable as possible!
Our hope is that after lessons at summit pass, you and your family or friends will be able to move up to more difficult terrain at Timberline with confidence!
When do I check in for my lesson at Summit Pass?
If you need rentals, please check in 1.5 hours before your lesson start time to ensure you make it through the rental process and make it to your lesson on time. Late arrivals to group lessons will not be permitted to join the class.
What are the age ranges for lessons at Summit Pass ?
We teach ages 4 and up for both ski and snowboard.
How large are the classes at Summit Pass?
Ages 4-6 limit of three students per class. Ages 7-12 limit six per class. Ages 13 and up limit eight per class.
What lessons are available at Summit Pass?
Summit Pass offers group lessons on weekends and holidays ONLY, December 16th through April 7th. Private lessons may be available by request only.
Can I rent gear at Summit Pass?
Yes! Summit Pass has a rental shop where you can rent boots, skis, snowboards and helmets.
Summit does NOT rent clothing, outerwear or goggles.
Are rentals and loft tickets included with lessons?
Rentals may be added to any lesson for a discounted rate.
Summit Pass lift tickets are included with the purchase or a lesson (ticket not valid at Timberline).
How early do I need to get to my lesson?
If you need rentals, we suggest arriving 1.5 hours ahead of the lesson start time. Give yourself adequate time for travel. (Bold) Weekend and holiday traffic can result in significant delays. If you finish fitting for rentals early, you can always rest in our cozy lodge with a hot chocolate before your lesson!
If I arrive late, can I still get into my lesson?
No. Late arrivals may not join a lesson which has already started. Additionally, If you need rentals, and arrive within 20 minutes of the lesson start time, you may not be permitted to join the lesson. You may still receive your rentals and lift ticket.
Where is Summit Pass Located?
Summit Pass is located 6 miles south of Timberline Lodge in Government Camp, OR. Please click here for a map.
Where is Summit Pass’ learning area?
The learning area is located to the left of the bottom of the main chairlift, at the base of the hill at Heidi’s Conveyer Belt.
How old should a student be before riding the chairlift alone?
Children must be 9 years or older to ride a chairlift by themselves while in a lesson. If an instructor is unavailable to ride with a child, another responsible adult or ski school support staff will be asked to assist.
What outerwear/clothing should I bring?
Goggles or another form of eye protection for snow, sun, and wind
Wicking long underwear, tops and bottoms
Snow and waterproof ski gloves or mittens
Snow, water, and windproof insulated winter jacket
Midweight top or fleece shirt (for layering options)
Neck gaiter/face covering
Snow and waterproof winter pants
Lip balm and sunscreen
A hat or helmet to protect from winter conditions
Wicking ski socks (thin wool socks are best, thick wool socks often cut off circulation in boots). We recommend just one pair of socks to provide the best level of comfort in ski or snowboard boots.
Is there somewhere to eat at Summit Pass?
The Summit Pass Lodge has a full kitchen with a menu including burgers, fries, and more.
Can I get to Timberline from Summit Pass?
Yes. We offer a shuttle service during winter months from the parking lot of Summit Pass to Timberline. The shuttle runs in a loop throughout the day. You may also ride the Mt Hood Express for a small fee, which runs on a schedule (link to schedule).
Does my Summit Pass lift ticket work for Timberline as well?
No, but you may purchase a Timberline lift ticket at Summit Pass. A Timberline lift ticket may be required to board the shuttle.
The Cafe at Summit Pass is open for summer dining, indoors and out on the back patio. Enjoy views of Mt. Hood while you eat. The Cafe features local craft ales from Mt. Hood Brewing Co., cocktails made with Oregon Spirits for the adults, ice cream and Italian sodas for the kiddos. For lunch, we have burgers, brisket, ribs, and more.
Summit Pass (formerly Summit Ski Area) is the second oldest continuously operating ski area in the United States and the oldest ski area in the Pacific Northwest. In 1959 a T-bar was installed and in 1966 the present lodge was constructed. In 1980 the current 2,300 feet long chairlift was built, providing access to approximately 3.5 miles of trails. Summit Pass base elevation is approximately 4,000 ft.
In June 2018, R.L.K. and Company, acquired 100% of the stock for what is formerly known as Summit Ski Area under a special use permit granted by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). In October 2021, a special use permit was granted for the land between Summit Pass and Timberline in order to combine the two ski areas into one. This increases Timberline's vertical from 3,690' to 4,540', the longest vertical terrain in the United States.
The vision for Summit Pass is to continue to operate as a family-oriented, affordable, community-friendly ski area, while upgrading facilities to connect Government Camp with Timberline. Upgrades are also planned to create a year-round recreation hub for outdoor activities fostering experiences and education, with an interest in increasing engagement with youth and underserved communities so as to increase opportunities and diversity in the outdoors.