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Anywhere to ski this summer in the USA

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Just looking to get away and ski for a few days in July if possible. Is there any place worth while?
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Just looking to get away and ski for a few days in July if possible. Is there any place worth while?
Um, if you ski Blue during the winter, wouldn't anywhere with snow be worthwhile in comparison?

Seriously though, Timberline would likely fit the ticket. It was worth a day out two years ago after an utterly dismal snow year, so after this past winter's big dumps, it is sure to have plenty of wide open spaces, and moderately steep pitch, to satisfy anyone of the carvy persuasion.

You will of course have to contend with swarms of racers who populate the various camps, but for someone from the Ice Coast, the crowds will seem rather benign. Be sure to bring sunscreen!
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Actually Timberline is sucking already. Not very good snow coverage.

http://www.earthcam.com/clients/timb...g_height= 240
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Actually Timberline is sucking already. Not very good snow coverage.

http://www.earthcam.com/clients/timb...g_height= 240
Slider -

I can see what your picture shows, but I'm not convinced that Timberline is hurting for snow at the moment.

I skied Timberline this last Friday (May 25), Saturday, & Monday (Memorial Day). It seemed to me that the conditions were very good for this time of the season. Was on brand new skis (Nordica Speedmachine Mach 3s) and wasn't the least bit concerned about the possibility of rock damage to them.

I don't know what the snow fall statistics are for Timberline the 2006/2007 season. However, Crystal Mt get's nearly the same weather as Timberline and they're reporting nearly 100 inches more this past season than their average (see www.skicrystal.com).

I've skied Timberline this time of the season several times in previous years, and I would want to believe that they're in pretty good shape for the upcoming summer season.

By the way, I was shocked at how short the lift lines were this last weekend. Memorial Day was awesome skiing up there. The snow froze up really good Sunday night and they did a great job of grooming it. Keep in mind that the only thing up there is skiing on the glacier, which is basically a large groomer. The trail map shows the Palmer snowfield as a black diamond, but really compared to other resorts it's a steep blue run (perhaps other resorts would call it a "double blue" run).

As soon as school is out, the place will be packed with kids attending the summer ski camps.

Having said all of that, and keeping in mind I have no way of comparing the quality of summer skiing at Timberline vs Whistler/Blackcomb (haven't skied Whistler/Blackcomb this time of the season), I would pick Whistler over Timberline because of the village and all the other things to do there. (I live 90 minutes from Timberline...)

Dave
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earn your turns!

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Try this:

or if you aren't a wimp, try this:

http://www.skimountaineer.com/Cascad...hp?name=Shasta
I definitely endorse this choice! We did not summit but had a great time 2 years ago, and although June is prime skiing season on Shasta, July should hold some good turns, too. Last year I skied about 3000 vert on the Interglacier on Rainier (TR here: http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing...?topic=5064.0). There are many great options in the PNW- Adams also comes to mind.

From the sounds of the reports we have been getting all winter, Blackcomb should be a good lift- served bet.
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I've been to both Blackcomb and Timberline during the summer. I decided to pass on the skiing both times because I'm not a groomer lover, but of the two Timberline looked by far the best. There seems to be a lot more vertical and you can actually ride a chairlift. Blackcomb only has the glacier open and all you get is T-bars.
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Summer skiing at B-comb is...

nothing to get excited about. As Posaune states there is very little vertical, it is a pleasant way to spend 30 or 45 minutes (after spending an hour on the mountain getting to the Glacier) in the late morning.

Early morning most of the glacier is blocked off for clinics.

I've never done Timberline, though that may happen tomorrow!

Cheers

Da Flav
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Mt. Hood Oregon
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nothing to get excited about. As Posaune states there is very little vertical, it is a pleasant way to spend 30 or 45 minutes (after spending an hour on the mountain getting to the Glacier) in the late morning.

Early morning most of the glacier is blocked off for clinics.

I've never done Timberline, though that may happen tomorrow!

Cheers

Da Flav
flaviaman -

Right now with the heat wave we're having in the Portland area, the freezing level has gone way up. That means tomorrow you'll probably find some "soupy" conditions up on Palmer. You would do well to get there when the chair lift opens at 7:00am. Palmer freezes up over night and softens up during the day, although I'm not sure if anything is going to freeze up there tonight.

The Palmer lift stops operating at 1:30pm.

Here's where I'm tracking the freezing level:

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts....0to3bot.shtml

At least from the forecast you won't have any problems with wind up there.

Dave
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Thanks to all, FYI- no more blue for me. I skied it 1 day last season. Just can't bring myself to go there anymore. I was fortunate to buy a place in Steamboat so it will be frequent trips there next season!

Timberline was one of the places I was thinking, thanks.
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It should be noted that Timberline salts the Palmer every day so that it freezes up over night. On a warm day it gets soupy on the bottom half by 10 or so, with the top half not too far behind.
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The ski season opens this weekend in Australia and we've actually had some snow!
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