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Any time of year is special at Mt. Hood National Forest
with the majesty of Oregon's iconic volcanic peak up close
and personal. The ski resort Mt. Hood Meadows (which
operates under a special permit in the forest) takes special
care with its visitors who have special needs. In the summer
season until Labor Day (Sept. 6 this year), visitors can enjoy
cooler temperatures and views from the accessible deck,
or ride the accessible chair lift up and down the mountain
to see wildflowers. A ramp at the bottom allows for wheelchair
access, but the angle at the top presents challenges for
disembarking. Traveling with a service dog? No problem.
The dog can be escorted uphill on a truck with advanced
notice. With enough snow, winter at the resort starts around
Thanksgiving, when it offers adaptive skiing and snowboarding
lessons with advanced technology for adults and kids with
a range of physical or cognitive disabilities. The facility works
with the Special Olympics and schools for the blind, so parents
can be confident that specially trained instructors provide
the extra love and care needed.
An easy stop on I-15 near Idaho Falls, Hell's Half Acre
Lava Field in Blackfoot was created by the same geologic
forces in the Snake River Plain that formed Craters of the
Moon National Park and Yellowstone, but offers easier
top: Yellowstone National Park. bottom: Mt. Hood Meadows.
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RIGHT: BEN MITCHELL/MT. HOOD MEADOWS RESORT

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