Teacup Nordic, the popular cross-country ski trail network on the east side of Mount Hood, opened for the season last Saturday.
Teacup Nordic, named for tiny Teacup Lake, has more than 12 miles of trails, groomed for both classic and skate skiers. Grooming is done on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus more around the Christmas holidays and spring break in March.
The ski area has a large parking lot along Oregon Highway 35. Oregon winter recreation parking permits are required. The permits cost $4 a day or $25 for the November-to-April season.
A donation box is located near the Ray Garey Cabin, which is a heated day-use facility for warming and eating lunch.
At about 4,000 feet elevation, Teacup Nordic opens earlier than the cross-country ski areas in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which are at lower elevations.