Our Village: Government Camp
The Village of Government Camp (aka Govy), located at the 4000-foot level, is the closest 'town' to Mt. Hood's Timberline Resort, which is the only place in the United States that you can snowboard year round. Govy is an hour from Portland, Oregon and just a short 6-mile drive to the lifts. Nestled in the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest, Government Camp is snowboarding's undisputed summer headquarters. Basically one block long, this quaint little town has been High Cascade's summer home since 1989.
For a small town, the highlights are many:
The Burton Demo Center: Burton has there own Demo Center right at camp! Swing by and meet the Burton crew (don't be alarmed if someone from the Burton team is lurking out playing video games).
Unicorn Food: From grilled cheese to cotton candy, wash it all down with some refreshing Unicorn Blood. Taste the magic! note: no Unicorns were hurt during the making of this eatery.
The Huckleberry Inn: World famous for their Huck Shakes, grab a booth at Hucks and try and put down a Big Man Sandwich if you dare. Open 24 hours, if for some crazy reason you need an all hours diner while at snowboard camp.
Volcano Cones: Go visit Sally and try a waffle cone on for size.
Govy General: Forget your toothbrush? Need some Gatorade? Want a Mt. Hood magnet? Govy General, has your general needs generally covered.
Cobra Dogs: Hot dogs that legends are made out of. Go say hi to Cobra Cory and grab a Hot Snake, Cobra-Style with extra Cobra Cabbage.
The Ratskellar: Alpine Bar and Pizzeria. The stomping grounds to some pretty infamous dance parties. (Strictly for Adult Campers 21 and over)
Charlies Mountainview Restaraunt and Bar: Grab a beverage, some fried goodness, and rub elbows with the true mountain locals. (Strictly for Adult Campers 21 and over)
The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum: Check this place out to get the lowdown on some Mt. Hood history.
Trees & Fresh Air: Real Trees! Clean mountain air! Ahhh... this is livin'
In the mid 1800's on a common Pioneer trail known as The Barlow Road, the Army's Regiment of Mounted Riflemen were forced to abandon their wagons and supplies when they were hit with heavy early snows. The remnants of this camp became an Oregon Trail resting point that early travelers referred to as "Government Camp." After years of settlers and locals using the same term, the name of Government Camp stuck and soon the first Cobra Dogs was built. Abandoned Army wagons = Government Camp. Today, Government Camp = Summer Snowboarding.