Taking Some High-Speed Laps on Mount Hood

It’s a great year to ski into summer.

Heavy snow in the Cascades over the winter will ensure a long season on the volcanoes of the Northwest. The SkiZer sampled the still-ample snowpack during a late-May romp at Timberline on Mount Hood.

With slopeside temperatures in the 50s, it was soft and fun skiing. SkiZer hit it early, arriving at 8 a.m. The slopes were already slushy, so he spent most of his time on the Palmer Express lift at the top of Timberline ski area.

There’s something to be said for a chairlift that goes to 8,540 feet on Mount Hood. Less than 3,000 vertical feet above is the summit, which seems close enough to touch.

Day 41: Timberline, Mount Hood

  • Vertical: 18,000
  • Vertical for the year: 720,000
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A skier walks to the lifts near historic Timberline Lodge.
Palmer
The Palmer Express lift takes riders to 8,540 feet on Mount Hood’s south flank.
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Riders descend near the top of Timberline ski area.
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A snowboarder on the slopes of Palmer Snowfield.
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The SkiZer stops to enjoy the view.

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