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Summer Skiing at Timberline for Beginners

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Just got back from some "spring skiing" at Sugarloaf with the wife (it was 5 at the base the first day, higher up more wind and cold. Oh and the ice. wow. Still had a great time of course!). After getting her a private lesson our first day there and lapping a couple of the beginner hills over and over again she's completely in love with skiing and is bummed that now the season is over. She wants more skiing (and so do I). Sweet!

We had talked about doing PDX again this year and it'd be pretty sweet if we could do some skiing too. :)

So I ask, how is Timberline for beginners in the summer? I see they close down all of the green runs, but I hear the blues off of Magic Mile are ridiculously flat (like don't even need to turn when you combine it with soft snow). So I'm curious, how appropriate would Timberline be for a beginner with good form but some fear?  For reference she only had done the flattest 3-4 runs at Sugarloaf and she felt most comfortable on the two flattest ones (though she was ready to bump up to the next ones when the lifts stopped).

btw - This trip is looking like mid-May to end of June (went mid June last year) so other options are certainly welcome.
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The blues off of Mile dissapear pretty quick. Leaving one WROD to the lodge that gets shorter as summer progresses. We are under average on snowfall this year. Usually it is around 600 inches. Right now we are sitting at 391 inches. Up on Palmer it is labeled Black Diamond, but it is pretty mellow. Just a steep groomer actually. There is usually a little more snow out the western boundary that can be hiked to. But probably not something a beginner would want.
Keep in mind that there is a big difference in how much terrain is covered, and how much terrain someone on a day pass is allowed on. The camps take up 90% of the available snow. That is their moneymaker for the summer. It's not really worth bringing your own gear for unless you are going to stay at the Lodge, and accept it for what it is. I hit it a couple times a month in the summer just to get a fix, and to keep the muscle memory.

BTW if you hit it around mid May it should be some good fun. And enough snow have some fun. My pass is good until May 31st
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Good info. I'd seen pictures off of the mile from mid summer and yeah WROD is a good call. Was def not going to bring gear, just wanted something to have fun on in May/June for muscle memory and scratching the itch sake. I had heard that 90% of the terrain off of Palmer was all ski camps. Is this true on Weekends too? I'd heard it's a lot calmer around there then.

It's looking like mid June so perhaps the wife won't be getting any skiing in (seeing it's blue and slim pickens) but a morning for me would be super sweet.
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Talked with the wife and Mid June it is. She is a Level 3 or 4 (can't remember) so if the conditions are good and the snow is slow after hiking for a few runs on something flat (if such a thing exists!) she may be up for stuff off of magic. Here's hoping! Would be something awesome to get some skiing in over our anniversary. =D

There's gear to rent up there right? Don't think I'll bother slinging my boots (much less skies) around the airport for one day of skiing (2 at the most).
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If you are not at a camp Hood gets boring after about 3 runs, and that would be even worse if you are a beginner. I wouldn't recommend it, maybe try water skiing or roller skate/blading. Also i would say it can be dangerous to take a beginner up there during the summer, the ice in the morning is bullet proof re-freeze surrounded by volcanic rock. If you fall and loose a ski you keep sliding a long way.  
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You can always demo in Government camp if you go the day before to get the gear, most of it will be race gear though.
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Talked with the wife and Mid June it is. She is a Level 3 or 4 (can't remember) so if the conditions are good and the snow is slow after hiking for a few runs on something flat (if such a thing exists!) she may be up for stuff off of magic. Here's hoping! Would be something awesome to get some skiing in over our anniversary. =D

There's gear to rent up there right? Don't think I'll bother slinging my boots (much less skies) around the airport for one day of skiing (2 at the most).
post #7 of 7
^^^^^
I agree.  Beginners might be better off at Blackcomb, depending on when they close off their terrain?
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