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Summer Slush Timberline Magic Mile May 17

post #1 of 24
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So I find out from the ski guy that he can wax my skiis with something called "Summer Slush" that snowboarders use. And he sold me a bar of the stuff to use halfway thru the day. So I mosey on up to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood wondering what's it going to be like because there are 90-100 degree temperatures in Portland.


Timberline Parking Lot


Chair leaving lodge (you can see the magic mile chair way above)


Getting to the Palmer Glacier


Portland is over there somewhere


Me (Mt Jeffereson straight back, Mt Bachelor to left)


Note to self: get rid of dinasour girly arms


Looking back


Got all the skiing I could handle.
post #2 of 24
Oh yeah........high speed drifters Think I'll mowsey on up soon.
post #3 of 24
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What's a high speed drifter?
I probably wouldn't go up again until the next freeze which looks like midweek. Reason being is that it was about 75-85 degrees and is going to stay warm all night so there is no rejuvenation of anything. I hear if it does freeze, then they can put salt on the snow. Of course, I know nothing about this new world of skiing and snow. People were all over the mountain, climbers, trekkers, traversers. After about 3 runs I took all layers off and left them by a boundary marker it was so hot.

The worst day outdoors is still better than the best day indoors.
post #4 of 24
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Pretty good pictures for a cell phone huh? I photoshoped them but all I did was shrink them, brighten and contrast slightly and sharpen.
post #5 of 24
Thanks for the TR Cheese. It will be as few weeks before I head up there. High Speed Drifter is a skier that skids fat skis in the turns. Right BB? Anyway,Palmer is a great place to blow off some high speed GS turns for a thrill.
post #6 of 24
Great pictures. Is it slushy bumps from top to bottom? Doesn't look that way in your pictures.

Hypothetically speaking, as I'm done for the season, going to storage-wax my skis on Monday, and have completely transitioned over to biking...as I said, hypothetically speaking, what do you think the conditions will be like next weekend?
post #7 of 24
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Great pictures. Is it slushy bumps from top to bottom? Doesn't look that way in your pictures.

Hypothetically speaking, as I'm done for the season, going to storage-wax my skis on Monday, and have completely transitioned over to biking...as I said, hypothetically speaking, what do you think the conditions will be like next weekend?
Another Heat wave to roll in. Not many bumps at T-line just smoooove corn.
post #8 of 24
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..as I said, hypothetically speaking, what do you think the conditions will be like next weekend?
Hypothetically... rumor has it that you won't have to drive that far to find spinning lifts, again...

post #9 of 24
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Hypothetically... rumor has it that you won't have to drive that far to find spinning lifts, again...

And how were the slush bumps today? Actually, it occurred to me that it would have been fun to go to Alpy today, if only to lie down in the snow...
post #10 of 24
If you'd stop interrupting, I could finish my cell phone High Speed Drifter (tm) TR

Although I'm getting pretty convinced I'm gonna have to give Hood a go one of these days...
post #11 of 24
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Although I'm getting pretty convinced I'm gonna have to give Hood a go one of these days...
Friday is "one of these days." Saturday also. And BatGirl & Co. will be there. Maybe even MLC and Slider, too. Not that I'm suggesting anything. Ahem.
post #12 of 24
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High Speed Drifter is a skier that skids fat skis in the turns. Right BB? Anyway,Palmer is a great place to blow off some high speed GS turns for a thrill.
Wait a minute! The snow was really smooth first half of the day, and those skiis I have carve better than I thought (Mantras). Spent the second half of the day practicing my "bullet proof short turns" (little toe edge, fantom ski, write a "c" around the pole plant--all Harold Carv stuff). No slipping and sliding. It was a normal ski day and then when it started to look chopped up everyone traversed off across the mountain. Rode with several snowboarders that said it was great way off on the sides. Pretty sure it was the snowboard wax, "Summer Slush" that did the trick.

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what do you think the conditions will be like next weekend?
Hesitate and you shall perish. My guess is it is good ALL THE TIME (non-Utah/Colorado use of the word "GOOD"). Heck, in July they start the ski racing camps and all the hotshot bootfitters set up shop down the hill in Government Camp. Even Harold Carv has a ski racing camp and has made some of his DVD's on the Palmer Glacier (notice the word, "Glacier"). If I was flying in to ski I would bring hiking boots, and maybe a Kayak just in case, heh heh. Oh, and throw that mtn bike into your Lear jet while your at it. Just go up there and ski. This weekend is a freak with record breaking temperatures and I just wanted to see if you could still ski, and you can.

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Friday is "one of these days." Saturday also. And BatGirl & Co. will be there. Maybe even MLC and Slider, too. Not that I'm suggesting anything. Ahem.
If you are talking about Timberline I am jealous. I work on Friday. Either that or you guys are speaking a language I don't understand.
Anyway, I got a slight sun burn today, skied til I dropped, and I am planning on going a couple times a month throughout the summer. Stay posted for "Episode 2" coming in June.

Is it somewhere you would want to come to from out of town? Maybe. Depends how easily you are amused. I am happy on anything. You have to remember it is just a 2 mile long blue run. But the area has a ton of stuff. Hiking in the Columbia Gorge is world class because of all the waterfalls and trails and the Oregon Coast is something else. The mountains come down to the water in places.
post #13 of 24
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Pretty sure it was the snowboard wax, "Summer Slush" that did the trick.
I need me some of that Summer Slush wax. If I were still skiing.

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Hesitate and you shall perish. My guess is it is good ALL THE TIME (non-Utah/Colorado use of the word "GOOD"). Heck, in July they start the ski racing camps and all the hotshot bootfitters set up shop down the hill in Government Camp. Even Harold Carv has a ski racing camp and has made some of his DVD's on the Palmer Glacier (notice the word, "Glacier"). If I was flying in to ski I would bring hiking boots, and maybe a Kayak just in case, heh heh. Oh, and throw that mtn bike into your Lear jet while your at it. Just go up there and ski. This weekend is a freak with record breaking temperatures and I just wanted to see if you could still ski, and you can.
No, no, no Lear jet. Just a much-hated Audi. Or, even better, a ride. Not that I'm hinting. * Cough *

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If you are talking about Timberline I am jealous. I work on Friday. Either that or you guys are speaking a language I don't understand.
Anyway, I got a slight sun burn today, skied til I dropped, and I am planning on going a couple times a month throughout the summer. Stay posted for "Episode 2" coming in June.

Is it somewhere you would want to come to from out of town? Maybe. Depends how easily you are amused. I am happy on anything. You have to remember it is just a 2 mile long blue run. But the area has a ton of stuff. Hiking in the Columbia Gorge is world class because of all the waterfalls and trails and the Oregon Coast is something else. The mountains come down to the water in places.
So everything off the Palmer lift is a glorified blue? In terms of amusement, my little phobia issue means that the thrills begin on the lift. Especially, you know, if it stops abruptly and the chair begins to swing and bob up and down.

Nonstop deep heavy moguled slush is not so amusing, which is what the last lone local hill is offering. As I mentioned above, probably the only thing fun to do in that kind of snow is lie down in it to cool off, although the diehards insist otherwise.

As for traveling, I'm right next door, in WA. Of course, my idea of what "next door" really means is somewhat skewed from living in New England. Things are a little farther apart out west...

Anyway, thanks for the inside info!
post #14 of 24
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Someone mentioned in a private message that I should be aware that Epic Skiers and Harold Carv aren't great friends. Oh well. It's a big world. It's all good to me.

I did hear about this forum while attending a HH camp in December. Went looking for books on how to ski, found one of his, found his website, sold my first-born to pay for camp/travel/lodging, then learned some very interesting concepts and found this forum which is a great forum and have been very helpful and I wish I had more time and money to go to everyone's ski camps.
post #15 of 24
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Note to self: get rid of dinasour girly arms
Old speedskater cheer:

LEGS like a RHINO!
(arms like a T-Rex)
post #16 of 24
MLC, thanks for the preview. As Acrophobia mentioned, Comprex and I will be in the area as of Wed. (5/21) until Sunday (5/25) if anyone would care to get together. PM me for my cell number as neither of us have a laptop for internet access (although that may change between now and when we leave). You've definitely helped me revise my packing list for what ski clothes are needed! Those photos are fabulous, by the way. I never would have guessed that they came from a cell phone!
post #17 of 24
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Hey Batgirl,
A good idea would be to phone the ski shop or rental shop up there and just talk with whoever answers the phone.
http://www.timberlinelodge.com/index.php
You can get that info at the link above. Don't be afraid to ask them stuff like, "are there really people skiing now?". Sunday was a hot day it would be interesting to know what happened.

I'm heading for NW Folklife (Seattle Center, dancing 12 hours a day) this weekend but you know, they just shut off the air conditioning for the whole week in my building. I might get "sick" come Wednesday. heh I will get your phone from PM.
post #18 of 24
Hi all very cool thread, thanks for the pics. I've never been to Timberline, I'm a Seattle Shredder, but looking for some late season pow. Snoqualmie is open this weekend but shaln't be sexy. Timberline looks like it - especially with 8" the last 2 days! BTW conditions at Timberline look way better than even Whistler/Blackcomb right now.

I called the lodge today, inquiring about the upper lifts. They said if the wind isn't bad (50MPH at the top today!) and visibility, they will open Palmer and Mile. The forecast shows 10MPH wind so I'm hitting it, driving down Friday night after work to be there first thing Saturday morning. Curious what the deal with the snowcat will be this weekend if any.

Offering possibly a free ride to a Seattle rider, assuming my buddies won't commit, looks like everyone has stashed their gear for the year. Also would be interested in meeting any other relatively aggressive but laid back hippy rock/metal riders, I'm a 35 year old snowboarder who only recently took up the sport (4 years ago, 25 days a year), but now I have eyes for nothing else. I do have a slightly injured paw so no huge jumps for me (usually enjoy jumps about as tall as I am, but no big cliffs), but I swim in powder like a fish and don't need to hold back much other than avoiding harsh landings. Timberline is all blue I gather so no worries here.

Might even be fun just to meet at the lodge for a drink at lunch, I expect to ride both Saturday and Sunday if all goes well. Wouldn't mind practicing my photo skills too, capturing you jumping or slashing with my 2MP cell phone, which i would e-mail.

If the pow is good I'll be off-piste alot of the time and having someone who knows the mountain would be a bonus, will buy beer for knowledge.
post #19 of 24
So obviously disregard my invite post above, as the mods didn't actually post it until the weekend when I was already down there (no hard feelings! lol). But regardless I had a stellar day, Saturday was nearly perfect! Rained out the rest of the weekend, but my timing couldn't have been better. It had rained away most of the 14 inches of fresh on Friday but there were still a few fresh inches on Saturday morning. They even opened Palmer for me in the late afternoons to see how vast the terrain opens up at the top. I had the place to myself, epic sunny spring conditions! Hot and sticks snow, sure, even with my fresh warm wax applied. I felt bad for anyone on rentals! Alot of wounded soldiers headed to the lodge early, which is really impressive (the hotel I mean). But quite rewarding for those willing to sacrifice the health of their leg muscles and ride waaay back.

Here are some snaps I took of the day, an awesome first visit indeed:

http://s10.photobucket.com/pbwidget.swf?pbwurl=http://w10.photobucket.com/albums/a116/Shamantiks/3af30545.pbw
post #20 of 24
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Funny. I went to Seattle. Acrophobia and her husband went down to Timberline and I almost caught them for coffee/beer Monday night in Seattle.

As you can see, I was buying shoes and dancing with someone very special.



I gotta get a beret and an ear stud.
post #21 of 24
A stud for a stud.

Don't get that shirt or shoes wet, MLC, they'll Sprout!
post #22 of 24
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Don't get that shirt or shoes wet, MLC, they'll Sprout!
Daughter bought the shirt for me in Hawaii. Maybe too much for the shoes at the same time.
I am having buyer's remorse about the shoes. Shoulda had more green in them. Oh well. There are skiis that are crazier colors than the shoes or shirt.
post #23 of 24
Now them's some dancin shoes!

Weather update: I was considering heading back to Timberline for round 2, but the forecast's promise of snow for the weekend has fizzled. Next week also looks barren at Timberline. However, next weekend at Whistler (Blackcomb is open) looks very promising, they'll have steady snow all next week for those already dreading the lulling siren call of summer.

(BTW I'm basing this off my subscription to Snow-forecast.com)
post #24 of 24
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Weather update: I was considering heading back to Timberline for round 2, but the forecast's promise of snow for the weekend has fizzled. Next week also looks barren at Timberline. However, next weekend at Whistler (Blackcomb is open) looks very promising, they'll have steady snow all next week for those already dreading the lulling siren call of summer.

(BTW I'm basing this off my subscription to Snow-forecast.com)
Really??? Wow!

If you're seriously considering a road trip, you might want to start a thread in the GTG sub-forum (the one at the top).
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