SUMMER TRAINING AT TIMBERLINE
PALMER LANE RESERVATIONS
We no longer have lane space available for summer 2020.
As we continue moving forward, uncertainty and speculation surround all aspects of our daily lives. One thing we do know for sure, is our skiing and snowboarding community is a positive bunch with resolve to get back in the mountains. Palmer maintenance and repair is on track and the snowpack is good. We are forging ahead, looking at plans for summer snow on Palmer.
Today, we are not exactly sure what a summer snow setup at Timberline will look like, but we are confident there will be alpine and freestyle experiences. This summer could be the same or similar to what you are used to or something different. We will keep you informed on the situation and will always give you the best we have. For this summer, we are hearing that camps are planning to train domestically, drive more and fly less, and are open to modified spaces and infrastructure. Basically, whatever it takes to make it happen. Please continue to communicate with us. Together, we can build the best summer possible.
Registration has been strong. We treasure the loyalty of our summer snow customers and recognize the planning scenarios you are faced with are daunting. Please stay healthy, stay active, and stay tuned.
IDEAL TRAINING CONDITIONS
The ease of travel and accessibility of the Palmer snowfield makes it a clear choice for ski and snowboarding teams. Quick turn around times on the lift and perfectly groomed lanes ensure that a day spent on the snow field is 100% productive.
Timberline is easy to get to, only a domestic flight away for most camps. Most camps are off the hill by 1pm - our location in the Mt. Hood National Forest and proximity to Portland and Hood River offers a multitude of apres-ski activities. Think hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and kiteboarding or sporting events, shopping, and sightseeing in the city. The Timberline Bike Park is open daily through summer so athletes can ski in the morning and mountain bike in the afternoon.
IN GOOD COMPANY
Timberline has long been recognized as a premier training facility for ski and snowboarding teams from all over the world. Many of these teams have been coming to Timberline for decades, since the Palmer Chairlift was installed in 1978. Their athletes have grown up on Mt. Hood, so every summer is like a family reunion at Timberline.
SOME LEGACY CAMP CUSTOMERS
THE USE OF SALT ON THE PALMER SNOWFIELD
Here on Mount Hood, as is true at ski areas throughout the world, the practice of ensuring a fun and safe ski surface includes applying rock salt. The salt works by essentially melting the snow crystals at the very top of the ski surface, creating a slurry that quickly refreezes as a smoother, faster skiing surface. The snow almost instantly becomes less “grabby.” This provides more skiable surface conditions and increases safety, contributing to Timberlines reputation of being one of the world’s finest summer ski and snowboard programs, and an international summer destination.
As operators of Timberline, and stewards of this alpine environment, we recognize that the practice of salting raises environmental questions and concerns, and we want to address those concerns here.
Salt is applied to the Palmer Snowfield on nearly a daily basis from late May through approximately Labor Day. The practice of salting is a site-specific operational one. An effective monitoring plan, as well as an understanding of salt’s affect on the environment needs to carefully consider the area’s site-specific conditions including topography, weather, volume of snow, drainage, and levels of naturally occurring (background) sodium chloride in the streams and rivers below. It is important to keep in mind that rock salt (or halite) is a mineral which exists naturally. There are similar naturally occurring background levels of sodium within Mt. hood streams outside of the Palmer drainage system.
RLK and Company, operators of Timberline, has a pro-active science-based monitoring program for the salting.