Our family has traveled the West in search of great places to ski & ride. Hands down, our “local” mountain of Mt Hood Meadows has one of the best children’s ski and snowboard programs in the country. We are lucky they are right up the road from us. The March Snowblasters class offers month-long full day instruction for children starting at 4 on either Saturdays or Sundays. And Christmas and Spring Break camps also start at 4 years old. Season passes for the 6-and-under crowd are just $25. Find used gear on Craigslist or check out the Junior Program at The Mountain Shop in Portland. You can also rent gear at Mt Hood – the Children’s Learning Center has their own rental center so you just go to one place to make it all happen for your child.