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The Ski Season That Never Ends: Mt. Hood

4th April 2018 | Becky Lomax

News Regions: Oregon

Resorts in this article: Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Hood Skibowl, Timberline Lodge

Mt. Hood Meadows on a spring day.

Mt. Hood Meadows on a spring day.

Copyright: Randy Boverman/randyboverman.com

Oregon’s Mt. Hood has North America’s ski season that never ends. Winter melds into spring, which shifts into summer — all with skiing on the slopes of Mt. Hood.

Take Infinite Turns at Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge runs the longest ski and snowboard season in North America. The resort runs lifts daily through Labor Day and for weekend fall skiing in September and October when the conditions permit. During spring, operations transition off the lower mountain and up to Magic Mile and Palmer chairlifts. Palmer Chairlift tops out at 8,540 feet on Mt. Hood, far above treeline. Usually by Memorial Day, only those two lifts remain open to access the slopes. 

Starting June 1, skiers and snowboarders can usually get access to two chairlifts every day. Snow conditions and weather dictate which chairs operate. On most days, skiers can lap the Magic Mile and Palmer Chairlifts. Terrain park features are usually installed on Magic Mile. As summer progresses, the Palmer Snowfield offers the place the ski and ride with a thin ribbon of snow descending to the parking lots. 

Palmer Snowfield is recommended for skiers and riders with upper intermediate or advanced skills. Summer skiing and riding on Palmer usually runs through August. The terrain available for the public in summer is limited due to the number of ski camps that train in lanes groomed onto the slope. At least one lane is reserved for the public. Summer lift tickets cost $60.

Timberline also runs skiing camps during the summer season. The three- to six-day camps target performance, masters, families and freestyle. Most are scheduled mid June through July. Some, such as the family camps, are designed to include kids. 

Summer skier over Timberline Lodge, Oregon.

Summer skier over Timberline Lodge, Oregon.

Mt. Hood Meadows & Skibowl Springtime Skiing 

Mt. Hood Meadows runs the second-longest season on Mt. Hood. The resort plans to operate daily through April 22 and then weekends only through closing day, May 12, 2018. The number and selection of lifts vary depending on weather and visitation. After the first week of April, the number of lifts often reduces midweek. 

During April, Mt. Hood Meadows hosts several events, including the Sno-Kona Pond Skim on April 28 with prizes for the top competitors, best splash and best costume.

Mt. Hood Skibowl is targeting mid April for its closing, and when the mountain reopens for summer, there's no shortage of activities at the Mt. Hood Adventure Park featuring scenic chair rides, mountain biking, alpine slides, ziplines, horseback riding and countless other fun options. 

 

Gallery

Hood Meadows spring - © Randy Boverman/randyboverman.com
Timberline Lodge OR summer skier
Timberline Lodge - © Michelle/Flickr
Timberline Lodge - © Chris Pez/Flickr

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