Groups looking for off-the-beaten-path adventure will find it in Hood River, Ore.
Located just one hour from Portland in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area awaits a natural playground. Waterfalls, river rapids and snow excursions make this place ideal for year-round corporate team building. Here are five activities for groups looking to combine nature and fun.
Snow Sports on Mt. Hood
The nearby Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort offers a wide array of snow activities for groups. From snow tubing to skiing to snowshoeing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy the snow.
Hike to a Cascading Waterfall
The hiking in Hood River is some of the best in the country. Groups won’t want to miss the lush waterfall corridor within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which happens to have the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America.
Paddle Boarding on the Columbia River
Gorge Paddling Center offers stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding lessons in the Columbia River Gorge. The company’s one-hour lesson is followed by one hour of exploration for attendees hoping to practice their SUP skills on their own.
Cycling through Wine Country
Groups can explore wine country via bicycle with MountNbarrel. Varying tours of seven to 10 miles take groups through the charming wine countryside just outside of Hood River. The company can also accommodate larger groups if needed.
Rafting on White Salmon River
All Adventures Rafting takes groups on an 8.5-mile rafting trip through White Salmon River. The river adventure, which is available for every skill level, crosses the river’s crystal clear water, created from frozen glaciers on Mt. Adams and the porous ground of a sleeping volcano.