Snowboarding and Surfing on the Same Day in Oregon

Oregonians pride themselves on having the capacity to adventure near the Pacific Ocean, or play in the Cascade Mountains. While it is a rarity to live in a state where you can choose to either surf or ski on any given day, could you fathom doing both in one day?

Great news adventurers: this is entirely possible. Starting in the spring, when the weather begins to warm up and the sun hangs in the sky much longer, but the temperature in the Cascades is still cool enough to allow quality mountain snow, you can conquer the state’s boarding activities in one day.

If you start in the Portland Metro area, you can be to the mountains before first chair, to the beach during the warmest part of the day, and home in time to longboard before dinner.

Snowboard at Mount Hood Meadows
Leave before the sun comes up and ensure that you’re at the base of Mt. Hood Meadows as first chair begins. Spend your early morning shredding the frozen waves before the crowd builds up.

After three hours of intense snowboarding, it’s time to get in the car and drive directly to your next destination. Leave the mountain by 11:00 a.m. to ensure that you’ll miss the mountain crowds and that you’ll hit the beach for the warmest part of the day.

Surf at Manzanita
After a three hour drive from the mountain to the beach, you’ll arrive in the little town of Manzanita. Known for a solid Mexican restaurant and surfing, Manzanita is the perfect place to begin the second half of your day.

There are a few different surf shops where you can rent boards and wet suits (it’s the Oregon Coast, not Belize, so you’ll need a suit). Or, pack your own surfing gear and head straight to the beach from the mountain.

After you get a few hours of quality surfing in, decide if you’re staying at Manzanita for the night, or if you want to make the 1.5-hour journey back to Portland for one more board-riding experience.

Longboard at Washington Park
Once you reach Portland, if it’s still light enough, drive up to Washington Park and cruise down the winding roads on your longboard to experience some city shredding.

The forested hills feature plenty of one-way streets that make it safe(ish) for longboarders to cruise. But, still, be careful - some hills get really steep.

Think you can pack all three activities into one day? We know you can! Once you accomplish the feat, send The Adventure Tribune your stories and your photos.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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