Cascade Ski Club & Lodge
Cascade Ski Club & Lodge


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Mission Statement

Dedication to upholding a tradition of supporting affordable and accessible year-round mountain experiences centered around our lodge in the spirit of fun and friendship for families, youths, and all mountain enthusiasts.

Charlie Sperr

Charlie Sperr
The Duke of Government Camp

Charlie Sperr, the ‘Duke of Government Camp’ has given so much to the Cascade Lodge. We want to thank him and let him know that he is ever appreciated as a lifetime member and comrade. He has plowed our parking lot for years as he plows the roads for almost everyone in Govie. He owns Charlie vision, the only Government Camp cable company, and Charlie’s Mountain view Restaurant.

Charlie has given so much to the Cascade Lodge.

He owns Charlie’s Mountain view Restaurant.

The local and mountain history surrounding Charlie's Mountain View includes many locations, with its growth matching Mt. Hoods increasing year-round popularity. The building was built in the 30's on the site of the Government Camp Hotel, which burned down in 1933. Originally the building was a ski shop which later became Darr's Mountain Shop, for over 25 years. During this time the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol headquarters was housed inside. A 50's era wooden rescue sled is prominently displayed above the bar.

Charlie Sperr began in the area with the start-up of the Ratskeller in 1963. Six years later the Ratskeller West was established in Cannon Beach. There, Charlie originated Oregon's first "Cook your own" steak dinners. In 1971 the business was moved to the Inn Between in Welches area; then back to the top of the pass where Charlie took over the management and operation of Thunder Head lodge between the years of 1972 to 1976. The hardwood bar was originally located at Thunder Head and followed Charlie to The Mountain View. Charlie's Mountain View was established in it's downtown location serving Apres skiing enthusiasts, travelers, and local residents. The restaurant offers classic mountain fare, trademark "Cook your own" steak nights and a full service bar, featuring a wide range of Microbrews. Charlie's supports a number of annual events sponsored by local ski clubs. World Cup and Olympic medal skiers are beautifully depicted in wood carvings by an internationally known local artist and personally signed by the skiers.

Originated Oregon's first "Cook your own"

Over 40 past winners of the annual King Winter celebration have their photos displayed

The history continues from the 30's with chair lift seats from the 2nd chair lift built in North America, and the large wood stove originally from the C. C. C camp at Summit Meadows. Over 40 past winners of the annual King Winter celebration have their photos displayed as well as a coveted oil painting depicting rival NW ski clubs. The plaid bench seats came from the Skiway Tram which carried skiers and sight seers between Thunderhead and Timberline Lodge in the early 50's. More recently people enjoy watching skiers, snow-boarders and mountain climbers on the upper slopes of Mt. Hood through Charlie's telescopes, and dancing the night away with live music on peak weekends. Charlie and his family of lively staff welcome you to join the colorful list of customers.
Charlie is also know in Government Camp as the ‘Duke of Govie." Perhaps this is due to his spectacular singing abilities. Anytime Charlie, if you would like to have a solo at the lodge just show up and sing us into a frenzy. "The Duke" has helped us a lot at the lodge. He keeps us running when things get tough. That’s what we love about Charlie. He is always there for us.


He is always there for us.