Warming Hut, Mt Hood Skibowl
The carved benches inside this sturdy hut perched on the slopes of Skibowl seem to have grown into place. Old photos trace the hill’s ski heritage to the late 1930s, and a big stone fireplace dominates the back wall. Occasionally, old-timers play accordions by the flames, adding an alpine ambience. If you’re hungry, go for the goulah. Piping hot with chunks of potatoes and onion, it’s chicken soup for the skier’s soul.
Mt Hood Skibowl; skibowl.com -BB
Ice Axe Grill
This little brew-pub is about as close as Government Camp comes to haute cuisine. The rockfish tacos sprinkled with a fresh cilantro cream sauce would pass muster in San Diego. Salads are studded with goodies like peppered bacon and kalamata olives. And the beer? It’s crafted on-site by the Mt Hood Brewing Company. And there’s a reason every bar on the mountain keeps these micro-suds on tap.
87304 E Government Camp Loop; 503-272-3172; iceaxegrill.com —BB
Blue Ox Bar
In a cavelike alcove off one of Timberline Lodge’s side halls sits the Blue Ox Bar. Any smaller and it’d have to be a closet. Still, the place breathes with history. The bar is lined with striking tile murals of Paul Bunyan and his trusty ox, hand-laid by WPA artist Virginia Darcy back when the lodge first opened in 1937. Restored in 1974 by Darcy herself, the murals glow like a Tiffany lamp even today. When you hoist a brew before this backdrop, you’ll feel like a part of the tall tale, your exploits permanently etched into the mountain’s fabled lore.
Timberline Road; 503-272-4457; timberlinelodge.com —BB