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Skiing Mt Hood 7/1 - 7/4

post #1 of 26
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Looks like there is plenty of snow,is the skiing as good as it looks?

post #2 of 26

I'm headed there on the 21st/22nd.

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We just put my 13yr old on a plane with 2 other kids and a coach for Mt hood. Hope they have good time.

post #4 of 26

They will - the weather turned yesterday as if someone flipped the switch - it is nice summer days here with real sunshine instead of the liquid one
 

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We just put my 13yr old on a plane with 2 other kids and a coach for Mt hood. Hope they have good time.

post #5 of 26

He arrived, but due to a delay in the flight into Washington DC and a tight connection to Portland, their luggage didn't make it. They are up and waiting for it, hoping to get onto the snow this morning.

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Can you rent skis up at The Hood?  Would not want to lug mine for summer skiing.

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RENTAL SHOP
1.503.272.3409

 

http://www.timberlinelodge.com/contact/

post #8 of 26

I was always under the assumption that T-line closed their rental shop in the summer. I have never seen it open.

 

Hillcrest in Gresham would probably be a better bet for renting.

 

http://www.hillcrestsports.com/

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Can you rent skis up at The Hood?  Would not want to lug mine for summer skiing.


I consider Mount Hood my second place home mountain.

 

When I don't drive there, 2645 miles each way, I ship my stuff FedEx. I ship a SportTube2 with as many as three pair of skis ( I have Railflex bases on all so I only need one pair of bindings). I stuff the remaining space with my ski clothes and stuff.

 

There is a FedEx store in Welches, between the airport and Mount Hood, for pick up and shipping, open M-F 9:00 to 9:00.

 

Cost has been about $60 to $100 each way, depending on how much I ship.

 

When I get on a plane I have a carry on with boots. No checked bags!

 

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Thanks for the advice.  I just don't want to damage my skis in marginal conditions. 
 

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I consider Mount Hood my second place home mountain.

 

When I don't drive there, 2645 miles each way, I ship my stuff FedEx. I ship a SportTube2 with as many as three pair of skis ( I have Railflex bases on all so I only need one pair of bindings). I stuff the remaining space with my ski clothes and stuff.

 

There is a FedEx store in Welches, between the airport and Mount Hood, for pick up and shipping, open M-F 9:00 to 9:00.

 

Cost has been about $60 to $100 each way, depending on how much I ship.

 

When I get on a plane I have a carry on with boots. No checked bags!

 

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post #11 of 26

Skis are just a tool used to accomplish a goal.

 

Use them up and then get some more.

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Some ppl get attached to them like cars. I've even heard ppl giving them names,the cars. Not to likely you will damage your skis @ Hood. I've skied there for years during the summer and never did much to mine.

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Skis are just a tool used to accomplish a goal.

 

Use them up and then get some more.

post #13 of 26

>100'' of snow at the base level is marginal?!

 

http://www.timberlinelodge.com/conditions/

 

you ARE spoiled...
 

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Thanks for the advice.  I just don't want to damage my skis in marginal conditions. 
 


 
post #14 of 26

Just go get some summer skiing on. Try it and you will be hooked, like me and slider.

post #15 of 26

I know a kid who is up there now and posting on Facebook that he is having a great time.....of course, maybe it's just he's having a good time in Govy at night....

 

 

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three sunny days in a row at mt. hood oregon and im having an awesome time here! =D

Heard back from him after this. He says it's hard in the AM, slushy, but not bad in the PM and coverage is good.
Edited by sibhusky - 6/26/10 at 1:46pm
post #16 of 26

 

When I go to Mount Hood, I go for the skiing, ONLY.

post #17 of 26
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Skis are just a tool used to accomplish a goal.

 

Use them up and then get some more.



Trying to adopt this thought process....got the "tool" mentality down.  But the "use them up and get some more" has been a more difficult thing for me to do.  But then again I do like getting new gear!  Getting anything new ski related makes me all warm and fuzzy! 

 

Also, going to Hood for the first time EVER next month!!!!  :)

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Skis are just a tool used to accomplish a goal.

 

Use them up and then get some more.



 

post #19 of 26

Mt hood in the summer won't ruin your ski's. Any more than it will in the winter. You just have to follow the basic concept of not running over rocks.

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Trying to adopt this thought process....got the "tool" mentality down.  But the "use them up and get some more" has been a more difficult thing for me to do.  But then again I do like getting new gear!  Getting anything new ski related makes me all warm and fuzzy! 

 

Also, going to Hood for the first time EVER next month!!!!  :)


 "Getting anything new ski related makes me all warm and fuzzy!"

 

  I like the way you think.

 

  See ya on Mount Hood some time, maybe. 
 

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 "Getting anything new ski related makes me all warm and fuzzy!"

 

  I like the way you think.

 

  See ya on Mount Hood some time, maybe. 
 


For sure.....hopefully my first time won't be my last!  :)
 

post #22 of 26

Most of the manufacturers have skis and boots (and even poles) to try for free at various shops in Gov't Camp. I think that the only requirement is that you are affiliated with one of the camps. I tried a new pair every day for five days last summer and plan to try some other stuff in a couple of weeks.

post #23 of 26

I dont think you have to be affiliated with a camp.  I broke my first Public Enemies up there in '04 and demoed some Rossignol Scratches for the remainder of the trip.  I was camp free and proud to be.

post #24 of 26

Normally you don't have to be a camper.  But since the hill opens early and closes at 1,  you do have to pick up and drop in the afternoon.
 

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Most of the manufacturers have skis and boots (and even poles) to try for free at various shops in Gov't Camp. I think that the only requirement is that you are affiliated with one of the camps. I tried a new pair every day for five days last summer and plan to try some other stuff in a couple of weeks.

 

+1, and you don't need camp affiliation.  The affiliation is usually required of junior campers to give the equipment manufacturers a liability safety net if things are damaged.  Otherwise, the shops will do the standard demo shuffle (i.e. take a major credit card or damage deposit) and you're good to go.

 

Note that a majority of the demo gear in Govy is either park & pipe gear or high-end racing gear, with very little in between. 

 

And the last time I was at Timberline, the rental shop at the Wy'east Lodge was running full-tilt, with a decent range of skis available for rental/demo. 

 

And even though Palmer has a lot of snow, the chemicals used to stabilize the snowpack can do a number to your bases.  So if you choose to take your own skis, make sure you can clean the bases and rewax regularly.  It's also a good idea to have your edges in good shape for the early morning skiing, when the snow is often very hard (especially if the lane/run you are on has been treated the previous afternoon).
 

post #26 of 26

Went up July 4. Not crowded at all. Most of Palmer's top-half dedicated to racing lanes. Otto Lang park open with 6-7 medium to small jumps and some interesting rails/boxes/etc. Public pipe still under construction. You could still ski to parking lot/bottom of Mile (and looks like that'll be the case for a few weeks at least, maybe longer).

 

I recommend wearing your shoes from parking lot and putting them in a backpack and leaving them in the piles of backpacks up on the hill (everyone does it). Last run, grab your pack and ski to parking lot. Otherwise, lots of walking in boots.

 

Lift runs 7a to 1:30p. Park hours 9a-3p (last 1.5hrs for folks willing to hike back up). Overnight parking is permitted in parking lot...I liked the pup tent in pickup truck bed guy.

 

I'd say at least 50% of crowd are race teams/race camps. Half the fun of summer skiing on Hood is watching and learning from elite skiers.

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