I spent 11 years in Anchorage Alaska and while in the land of "The Last Frontier" I learned to ski at Alyeska Resort back in 1984. At Alyeska you either learned to ski well or you never learned. The "bunny slope" was 500' long and sloped at 35 degrees so you HAD to learn! Since being back in the States I've skied at only a few places. At Yosemite's Bear, Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Valley and a few others in that area.
Since moving to Washington I go to Mount Hood to ski. You have there Timberline, Ski Bowl or Mt. Hood Meadows to choose from. There are good place to find out about ski areas in Oregon. You can go to "The Columbian" and go to their recreation page that includes skiing. that tells of the ski areas in the NW and directions to them or jump to Portland's TV station Channel 6 Weather Report Page to get up to the minute weather status of various ski resorts.
Here is a list of Washington and Oregon ski resorts that have Web Pages:
I go skiing at Mt. Hood where both Timberline Lodge and Ski Bowl are located. Hoodoo is a two hour drive from Portland and is just outside Sisters Oregon. None of my ski photos are on PhotoCD yet so I cannot put any out here. Yes, I do take my Nikon downhill and cross-country skiing with me. When I do fall I have learned to fall away from my camera. Besides, even if it fell onto snow and ice it is a Nikon and it is built to handle rough falls!