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Camp in August: Mt. Hood or Chile?

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I need to get a "real job" this summer and won't be able to make it out to Hood in June/July like I usually do. Mid-August still works though. I've spent some time at Hood, but I know next to nothing about Chile. Hood is also boatload (~$1000) cheaper, but in August the conditions start getting a bit sketch. Chile is another country in a hemisphere that I've never stepped foot on. Any thoughts or personal experiences?
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Never been to Chile but you're right about Hood in August, especially the last few years.
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Hood or Chile ?

VOLTRON. In l998 spent 10 days in August skiing at Portillo, Chile. Great experience, very good snow, little pricey with getting there etc. People in Portillo and Santiago were great. Check out NASTC on google , they havde a gtrip to Portillo e very August. The Andes are impressive muntains. Do an Epic search on Chile an d you'll see quite a bit of info on different Chile/Argentine resorts etc.

When I lived kin Sacraamento one of my daydreams was to go down to the Sac. Airport in August (107 degrees) with my ski's over my shoulder. DID IT and had a great time down under. Have skied Australia too.

DO IT none of us live forever-have a great time-if you have specific questions and / or conerns PM me and I will answer best I can. Pete
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When I lived kin Sacraamento one of my daydreams was to go down to the Sac. Airport in August (107 degrees) with my ski's over my shoulder. DID IT and had a great time down under. Have skied Australia too.
I definitely know that feeling . As of now I'm planning for Chile. I'm not exactly sure how it's going to work out since I still need to start the job that will pay for the trip... Anyhow, Hood is still readily accessible so I have a backup plan just in case. In either case, I'm pretty excited.
post #5 of 12
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Shot down! How dare this "work" stuff get in the way of my skiing....

Anyhow, I must succumb.

So who's got a conditions report for Hood?
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I'm a patroller at Hood, last day I was up was the 21st. Last year at this time, you didn't have to hike from the top of the Magic Mile lift over to the base of the Palmer lift. I skied all the way into the end of August not having to do that. But as of the 21st, you gotta hoof it. Only thing that's decent up there are the race training lanes on the Palmer snowfield, and there were rocks poking through a little over there on the 21st. I suspect it's even worse by now. There were at least a few places to ski on the west side of the lift last time I was up, but I imagine there's no skiing to be done over there unless you want to hike as well.
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I'm a patroller at Hood, last day I was up was the 21st. Last year at this time, you didn't have to hike from the top of the Magic Mile lift over to the base of the Palmer lift. I skied all the way into the end of August not having to do that. But as of the 21st, you gotta hoof it. Only thing that's decent up there are the race training lanes on the Palmer snowfield, and there were rocks poking through a little over there on the 21st. I suspect it's even worse by now. There were at least a few places to ski on the west side of the lift last time I was up, but I imagine there's no skiing to be done over there unless you want to hike as well.
Great report. What do you think caused the rapid drop in snow depth?
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Great report. What do you think caused the rapid drop in snow depth?
The weather? Perhaps the fact that it's the hottest part of the year?

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The weather? Perhaps the fact that it's the hottest part of the year?
The melt started earlier. I was there in June for a camp and we also noticed that it was lower than the year before. In addition, other skiers I know have been saying that Hood didn't seem to have as much snow this summer.

Maybe rain?
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Timberline only had 153" total last year. Not a deep Snowpack. Timberline is putting in a new chair this summer and it will go into service this coming season. I'm looking for an opening date the second week of Nov. :
post #11 of 12
I was up last weekend and I will be on The Palmer this weekend as well. Yes, too much summer rain didn't help, but really we haven't recovered from the no snow in the NW from a couple winters ago.

The snow is in great shape right now, we have had very mild temperatures for the last week and it looks good for the rest of August.

We are loading the Magic Mile lift with skis off, walking over to above the ramp on Palmer lift. Downloading the Mile is my choice, the hike through the dust and mud at the bottom is not for me. Although it is not too long, about 5-7 minutes at most.

We are still top to bottom on Palmer, good conditions from 7 to about 10. After 10 need to reset and go 'til noon. Then off to golf,hike,sail,nap...

Greg
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I was up last weekend and I will be on The Palmer this weekend as well.
Did you make it up to Hood? If so, how was it?
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