[/caption] Mt. Hood is normally covered in the white stuff from November until around April and sometimes even until May. It usually depends on the length of the rainy season and temperatures in the higher elevations. This photo clearly shows just how much snow Mt. Hood gets in winter. This photo was taken from the west and Timberline lodge and it’s ski lifts are just below the photo but not in the shot. For the best opportunities to get some great shots, of a completely snow covered mountain, I would visit during January or February since the weather is cold and you’re guaranteed to see some snow falling or at least get the chance to see the Cascades with lots of blue sky just after a massive snow storm hit. However, since it gets dark early and the clouds usually return by late afternoon, I would plan on getting up early in the morning and on the trail just as the sun starts to rise over the mountains. The morning is the absolute best time to get your best photos and have a chance to catch the blue skies over the mountains.