I'm planning a trip for some spring skiing, based out of Portland. We are moderately skilled skiers, and strong climbers. We could probably handle Hood from the summit in perfect conditions, but are more likely to crampon down the upper slopes. We would ski Adams from the summit, and just take the S. Spur if things aren't awesome. In good snow we'd ski harder routes on Adams. It's as much about the whole skimo summit thing as it is about sweet corn laps.
Anyway, I know it's basically impossible to tell when things go from winter ice and pow to stable corn, but I'm buying tickets and scheduling now. Worst-case, it pours rain the whole time and we just drink the weekend away. I'm just trying to increase my odds of good skiing.
When would you schedule it? Mid-May? Late May? Early June? We are cool with winter mountaineering and assessing/avoiding moderate avy danger, so I'm leaning a little earlier (Say, May 14-17). I figure we that gets us better odds of good skiing - maybe winter snow, maybe corn - and lighter climbing crowds. Thoughts?