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Mt. Hood conditions?

post #1 of 9
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My son is heading up on Saturday for a week of bumps and jumps, anyone knows what conditions are like up there?

Also, suggestions for what he should bring for ski wear?
post #2 of 9
bring you say.....should bring his dad
post #3 of 9
My son will be there on Sunday.

He has done the Whistler thing a few times. I'll get his personal comments after he comes home today.

His usual attire is a speed suit and training shorts over that so you could probably guess that non insulated pants would do it.

Helmet, goggles and sunglasses (a must) ..

Lots of sunscreen ... Rain gear .. Day Pack for water (leakproof Nalgine bottles),and munchies stuff ..

I think they wear a light fleece in the morning under the shell and most of that comes off pretty quickly.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Yuki
My son will be there on Sunday.

He has done the Whistler thing a few times. I'll get his personal comments after he comes home today.

His usual attire is a speed suit and training shorts over that so you could probably guess that non insulated pants would do it.

Helmet, goggles and sunglasses (a must) ..

Lots of sunscreen ... Rain gear .. Day Pack for water (leakproof Nalgine bottles),and munchies stuff ..

I think they wear a light fleece in the morning under the shell and most of that comes off pretty quickly.
Ty is getting in a day early, due to us having to be at a wedding. How old is your son, where is he staying and what camp is he taking?
post #5 of 9
I was there this past Sunday. Coverage is good owing to the amount snow this season. The lifts open at 7:30 AM.It will warm up pretty quickly. I second Yuki's suggestion Re: sunscreen SPF 45 or higher and bringing plenty of water. A lot of camp attendees bring with up good sized backpacks for their water, snacks and to hold shed gear as the day warms up.

I would suggest that your son bring the most breathable and light weight clothing available in base, mid and shell layers. The glacier snow is very abrasive so skiing in shorts or a tee shirt is not a very good idea. A simple fall can produce a mean "road" rash. The salt, rock dust that blows over from elsewhere on the mountain and structure of the snow itself contribute to the very abrasive nature of the snow conditions.

Though hopefully it will be clear and sunny the whole time, conditions at Hood can change quickly during the day which at this time of year can involve high winds, rain and fog. That is why sticking to the layering system with a good size backpack to store clothes and such as needed, is very useful.

You should think about trying to tag along. Most of the gear manufacturers have their summer shops set up at Govt. Camp at the base of Mt. Hood with all next season's race gear and some free ride gear available to demo. In addition, the Race Place and Race Werks two major PNW ski tuning and equipment retailers have their summer shops at Hood. Prices are reasonable and there is no sales tax in Oregon. The Blizzard shop also has a lot of Dalbello Krypton Pro's and Rampages to demo (not that you would need to) .

There are a lot of camps going on this summer. Your son should have a great time.
post #6 of 9
Heat wave moving in Sat. 90's in P-town by Sun. Good idea to take a day pack on the hill.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Lostboy
... The lifts open at 7:30 AM.It will warm up pretty quickly...
Correction:The lifts open at 7:00AM.
post #8 of 9
Were you going Phil? All flights out of Philly and Boston are cancelled till Monday.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Yuki
Were you going Phil? All flights out of Philly and Boston are cancelled till Monday.

Ty got out Saturday with no issues and got to Portland on time. Is it just the weather keeping flights down?
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