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Has anybody ever done a summer vacation to Timberline?

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If so, how was it?  Would going there in the summer for a ski vacation be worth it at all?

 

I've read they operate year-round (with limited AM hours in the middle of summer).

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It's alright if you've got a specific agenda of technical goals to work on.      

 

Soupy, sticky, stinky (literally).  Hardpack skis are not much use unless you happen to run into a strip of hardened snow left by the race campers.      Quite a monotonous array of available pistes,  with no real external challenge other than not oversteering your skis.     You can make your own internal challenges, I suppose (see previous comment on agenda of technical goals).

 

It becomes a game of "What else do I want to do with my day?   Do I want to kitesurf? windsurf? climb? hike? bike? fish? wine/beer taste?"

 

Bring sunscreen.   Lots of it.

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I planned a trip last year in early July.  The plan was to do race camp in the morning and then bike in the afternoon.  Rain, rain, rain...very disappointed.  I would suggest planning late summer trip, and have a back-up plan. 

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It's alright if you've got a specific agenda of technical goals to work on.      

 

Soupy, sticky, stinky (literally).  Hardpack skis are not much use unless you happen to run into a strip of hardened snow left by the race campers.      Quite a monotonous array of available pistes,  with no real external challenge other than not oversteering your skis.     You can make your own internal challenges, I suppose (see previous comment on agenda of technical goals).

 

 

That's because your stayed in the lanes!   If you traverse out of bounds you can harvest corn for hours!

 

The sorest I've ever been was at Hood.   I finished up running Dog Mountain at 9pm.  Next day I skied Mt. Hood starting at 7am till 1, then finished windsurfing the Gorge in a 35knot day at Wall till 9pm.

 

Mt. Hood and Hood River is Mecca for adrenalin junkies.  This year should be epic!

 

 

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I planned a trip last year in early July.  The plan was to do race camp in the morning and then bike in the afternoon.  Rain, rain, rain...very disappointed.  I would suggest planning late summer trip, and have a back-up plan. 



Just an fyi:  It you would have driven east past the Dalles,  the trails probably would have been fine.  Hood casts a big rain shadow.

I've still skied down to the parking lot as late as August.  But I think June is the best, because you can get the Mile and Palmer.

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Don't go late summer, and accept the fact that the weather could end up being gloomy. There is a lot of other things to do besides ski as well. there are TONS of hike to great waterfalls, and plenty of gorgeous scenery. June to early July are your best bets for snow outside of the lanes. Much later and it starts getting hard to get in to the different spots still holding snow. But as SHRED mentioned if you hit it right you can do a lot of corn harvesting.

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