The Portlander's Guide to Mount Hood

Where to ski, sled, snowshoe, sleep, cozy up, and eat (and, uh, not) on our mountain. Plus: the Olympics & the ultimate Ski Patrol veteran. Also in this month's issue: snowy destinations beyond Oregon, a post-fire manifesto for the Columbia River Gorge, and a guide to Portland's vintage scene.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

The Essentials

13 Things to Do and See in Portland: December 2017

From Hillary Clinton to Ian Karmel, Explode Into Colors to serpentwithfeet, here's what you can't miss this month.

11/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Theater

This Oregon-Raised Teen Could Be Broadway's Next Big Star

Hailey Kilgore grew up in Happy Valley. Now she's starring in a Broadway revival of the musical Once on This Island.

11/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Books

Oregon’s Best New Children’s Books

The recent crop boasts poetry, biographies, and a Mo Willems stamp of approval.

11/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Long Story Short

Mohanad Elshieky Fled Libya. Now He's a Stand-Up Comic in Portland.

The former English teacher from Benghazi has risen quickly in this city's crowded comedy scene.

11/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Trek Tech

How Does Star Trek Tech Hold Up to Today's Devices?

In a new book, Portland astrophysicist Ethan Siegel investigates the Federation’s inventions.

11/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Eat & Drink

Word of Mouth

Forget Wine. Here's What Food Critic Karen Brooks Brings to a Party.

From geeky nut butters to cool chocolate bars, you're guaranteed another invite.

11/20/2017 By Karen Brooks

Pour

You Can Drink Rare Wine from around the World in a Northeast Portland Bunker

Hunting for your next bottle? Head underground to NE Alberta's Les Caves.

11/20/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Recipes

Oregon's Revel Meat Tells You How Your Sausage Really Gets Made

And also your steak, chops, and this fine ham.

11/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Review

Meh-diterranean Cruise

Jenn Louis’s Israeli-inspired dining room needs more heart and soul. (Great fries, though!)

11/20/2017 By Karen Brooks

Editor's Note

Editor's Note

From the Editor: On Finally Learning to Ski (Sort Of)

Rocky mountain aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh!

11/20/2017 By Zach Dundas

Home & Real Estate

Makers

This Portlander Is Ron Swanson's Favorite Carpenter

Among woodworkers, Gary Rogowski is a legend.

11/20/2017 By Lily Raff McCaulou

News & City Life

The Shakedown

What's the Deal, Santa?

We size up jolly old St. Nick.

11/20/2017 By Marty Patail

Mayor Seeking Mayor

These Two Oregon Mayors Got Married

Finally, a spouse who understands your job.

11/20/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

Soccer

The Portland Thorns Are the Biggest Women's Sports Franchise on Earth

But you already knew that, right?

11/20/2017 By Katelyn Best

Comics

A Portland Cartoonist Created a Bizarro World Where Trump Is Good

Decent Don is helpful, kind, and generous.

11/20/2017 By Marty Patail

PDX Index

Portland's Jewish Community, by the Numbers

Put on your yarmulke—it's time for Hanukkah.

11/20/2017 By Kayla Brock

Dispatch

Can a New Portland Museum Save Chinatown’s History?

Before it's too late.

11/20/2017 By Emma Mannheimer

Style & Shopping

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

8 Portland Cookbooks for Every Kind of Food Lover

From Pok Pok to Pix to pickles, local chefs and writers share DIY secrets.

11/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Old Joy

Your Ultimate Guide to Portland's Vintage Shopping Scene

From clothes to jewelry, furniture to housewares, dive into our city's best vintage shops.

11/20/2017 By Eden Dawn Photography by Christopher Dibble

It's a Wrap!

From Pineapple Shot Glasses to Chic Leather Bags, Your 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Whether affordable or fancy, these local gifts take care of everyone on your list.

11/20/2017 By Eden Dawn

Game On

A Swiss Sneaker Company Kicks Into Gear in Portland

On, a Zurich-based running shoe maker, aims to break into the local market.

11/20/2017 By Eleanor Van Buren

Travel & Outdoors

Unnatural Treasure

The Columbia River Gorge Burned. We Could Make That a Good Thing.

A manifesto for our beloved national landmark, after the flames.

11/20/2017 By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Amy Martin

Mountain Time

Beyond the Cascades: 3 Rocky Mountain Ski Towns to Explore

Find some of the West’s best snow (and off-slope toasts) in Idaho, Utah, and Colorado.

11/20/2017 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Mountain Time: Aspen

4 Ski Areas and Countless Cultural Riches: Get on the A-List in Aspen

All this is yours—for a price.

11/20/2017 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Mountain Time: Park City

For Portlanders, Utah's 'Silicon Slopes' Are Just a Quick Flight Away

Backcountry skiing, bobsledding, and (yes) booze add to Park City’s downhill appeal.

11/20/2017 By Melissa Fields

Mountain Time: Ski Cascadia

Beyond Hood: More Pacific Northwest Peaks to Ski

From Whistler to Shasta, head to Cascadia's other big hitters.

11/20/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Mountain Time: Vail

Why One Journalist Left Portland for Vail

Would you give up Pine State Biscuits for mountains of fresh powder?

11/20/2017 By Ted Katauskas

Mountain Time: Sun Valley

Fat-Biking and Dive Bars: Sun Valley Offers Serious Off-Slope Fun

Deep in the Idaho wilderness, quirky Ketchum offers much more than 2,000 acres of prime downhill.

11/20/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Winter Travel

The Portlander's Guide to Mount Hood

Here's where to ski, sled, snowshoe, sleep, cozy up, and eat (and, uh, not) on our mountain.

11/20/2017 Edited by Benjamin Tepler

Mount Hood Guide: Planks and Trays

Check Out These Oregon-Made Skis and Snowboards

Meet three homespun makers fighting the uphill battle against foreign, mass-produced gear.

11/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Mount Hood Guide: Into the Woods

Where to Snowshoe, XC Ski, and Sled on Mount Hood

Not into high-speed descents and expensive gear? Get out in the snow, one foot at a time.

11/20/2017 By Christopher Van Tilburg

Mount Hood Guide: Grandfather Frost

America's Longest-Serving Ski Patroller Works on Mount Hood

Buzz Bowman, nearly 90, talks Depression-era skiing, training in Alaska, and 70 years of saving lives.

11/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Mount Hood Guide: Go for Gold

At Oregon’s Year-Round Ski Slope, You Can Shred Next to Olympians

As of summer 2017, Timberline is an official training site for US skiers and snowboarders.

11/20/2017 By Emma Mannheimer

Mount Hood Guide: The Powder Report

A Guide to Mount Hood's Ski Resorts

Think Timberline and Meadows are your only options? Strap in.

11/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Mount Hood Guide: Where to Eat

Timberline’s Après-Ski Dining Options, Ranked

The good news: being cold and hungry still amplifies flavor in supernatural ways. The other news: the food scene at Timberline remains a mixed bag.

11/20/2017 By Benjamin Tepler