the missus and I are planning to head to Vancouver, wa in the future so I’m curious
oldmanskiDuring the winter, I would purchase a seasons to Meadows on Hood and I would take either Hwy 14 or I-84 to Hood River from Vancouver. I would leave my house around 7am and would arrive at the HRM parking lot around 9ish for a good parking spot. I would rather be constantly moving than starting and stopping for hours. For summer skiing at Timberline I would take I-84 to Troutdale and Hwy 26 up. Traffic is a little more fast paced during the summer so no stop and go like the winter driving. Let me know if you have any questions about the area, I lived in Vancouver, WA for 6 years.
Real talk these days is that prime parking is full by 8 pretty much at any place on Hood. I can't speak to the current situation in the HRM lot, but a few years ago I was usually aiming for 8 during the week to get a good spot, and be on first chair
I live in Hillsboro and aim to be in the lot no later that 7 because I want to be front row, and deal with ZERO traffic. but I am a little crazy. I snatch a nap in the parking lot.