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post #31 of 57
Stay in hood river or the Dalles, not really anything closer besides Timberline lodge.
post #32 of 57
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That's what it looks like. I'm just surprised there isn't anything closer.
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post #34 of 57

I too have been thinking about heading down to Hood for a day or two. You will be skiing at Timberline Lodge. I think lift tickets have gone up a lot in the last years since I used to go there in the past.

I always used to camp at the lake campground (name) (Trillium)??, (There is another campground now on the road up to Timberline) or sometimes stay at Huckleberry Inn. Not too sure about the cost or availability of the Inn, but it used to be reasonable. I like to camp at the lake for an afternoon swim.

You should be able to reach somebody at Timberline Lodge on the telephone for current conditions, hours of operation, etc..

You should definitely be able to expect warm, sunny, conditions during the second week of August. Bring a small backpack with sunblock, windbreaker, windpants, water, snacks etc.. I used to just wear lightweight softshell spring climbing pants, a short sleeve silk shirt, spring gloves, glacier glasses, etc.. It is easy to get sunburned.

Will there still be enough snow?.....Maybe.

 

MG

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post #36 of 57
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The lodge is booked and way too much! At this point I think I'll just drive down from Vancouver each day!
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Cbtbakkes:

 

If you have never been to Timberline, for sure make the trip.  The country around there is spectacular.  You can get some turns in, but really after a few runs that would be enough for me.  The lift takes you up pretty high there on the snowfield and the view is spectacular.  I stayed at a hotel once in Government Camp in June and I thought it was way overpriced.  August there should be great weather, bring a windbreaker at any rate.

post #38 of 57
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I would love to stay there. I'll visit either way. I'm visiting family I haven't seen in years and I think I / they will need a break for a few nights. Hopefully I'll find close lodging midweek. I'm sure there's other stuff to do in the area after a couple of hours!
post #39 of 57

I never get tired of skiing there, at Timberline, even if it is a small area. I don't remember ever not skiing until closing time. To me skiing is all about improving, and just feeling the wind in my face.

Did you check Huckleberry Inn? It is in Government Camp ( a few mile drive from Timberline) The rooms at Timberline are expensive, but I imagine that you could get a good deal on a weekday room at Huckleberry now that there season is winding down. I'll try to find a link to there website if they have one.

post #40 of 57
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I have called the Huckleberry for the weekend. Reasonable(ish) rates but only bunk beds this time of year. My ski days are not set in stone so I'll check again when I know.
post #41 of 57
Try bed and breakfasts in hood river for a better rate
post #42 of 57
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Ooohhh I didn't think of that!
post #43 of 57
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So just drove down from Portland for a couple of days. They had almost 1500' of snow (almost to the lift) it was 2" - 4" of soft snow/slush and 80° at the top. Great fun!
post #44 of 57

80 degrees at the top?

You sure there wasn't some soup in that mix?

post #45 of 57
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By 1 it was getting pretty sloppy & closed at 2.
post #46 of 57
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Originally Posted by cbtbakkes View Post

So just drove down from Portland for a couple of days. They had almost 1500' of snow (almost to the lift) it was 2" - 4" of soft snow/slush and 80° at the top. Great fun!


Where did you end up staying overnight?

post #47 of 57
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With relative's in Camas, WA. They came with me for a day to see the Mt & lodge.
post #48 of 57

80 degrees? wow!

I skied there on 8-16 for about 5 hours. Started about 0800 in pretty cool, partly cloudy, with firm, fast snow.

I really enjoyed being on skis again. I had been sick for two weeks with viral Meningitis. My original plan was to ski on my 65th birthday, but had to postpone it.

I rode the chair with racers from all over the country, and all over the world, including 2 girls from the national team of Czech Republic, and 2 from Japan's , who didn't speak much English.

I'm anxious to ski again soon:)

post #49 of 57
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So just drove down from Portland for a couple of days. They had almost 1500' of snow (almost to the lift) it was 2" - 4" of soft snow/slush and 80° at the top. Great fun!

Just out of curiosity, in case I ever make it. Did you have to take your skis off to get to the lift? Their website isn't very clear on status and conditions.

post #50 of 57

I forgot to mention, I was able to get a room at Huckleberry Inn (it was a Monday night) in Government Camp, ($95.00) so that makes it pretty easy to drive down from Seattle (5 hours), then get up early, have breakfast in their cafe, and drive the 6 miles to Timberline Lodge.

post #51 of 57
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Just out of curiosity, in case I ever make it. Did you have to take your skis off to get to the lift? Their website isn't very clear on status and conditions.


The lower chair is dirt. I was able to ski right to the chair on the upper chair on 8-16. Early in the spring/summer, you can ski to the bottom

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post #53 of 57
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Just out of curiosity, in case I ever make it. Did you have to take your skis off to get to the lift? Their website isn't very clear on status and conditions.

 

Earlier in the season in much better, than later.   Later they will often only have a narrow Public Lane on Palmer.

June or July, you can ski OB, harvest some corn and get back to the Mile or Palmer lifts.

post #54 of 57
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Just out of curiosity, in case I ever make it. Did you have to take your skis off to get to the lift? Their website isn't very clear on status and conditions.
If I skied to the bottom I had to walk about 100 feet, maybe more. There is a loading station about half way down so you can stay on snow all day.
post #55 of 57
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80 degrees? wow!
I skied there on 8-16 for about 5 hours. Started about 0800 in pretty cool, partly cloudy, with firm, fast snow.
I really enjoyed being on skis again. I had been sick for two weeks with viral Meningitis. My original plan was to ski on my 65th birthday, but had to postpone it.
I rode the chair with racers from all over the country, and all over the world, including 2 girls from the national team of Czech Republic, and 2 from Japan's , who didn't speak much English.
I'm anxious to ski again soon:)
Nice! I think I was there on a snowboarder week. Pain to ride up & unload with!
post #56 of 57
One fun thing about skiing in the summer at TLine is the sightseers from Nebraska or wherever who are passing by you on the chair ride and them looking at you like you're an astronaut or something...cool.gif
post #57 of 57
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Yah they were fun. No idea what they were saying but they all had huge smiles and were laughing the whole time!
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