Back Country Visitors
In light of Covid-19, Timberline has limited operations and safety protocols in place. Back Country visitors will not need to make an online reservation to access the National Forest via the Timberline road or parking lot. Upon your arrival at Timberline, there will be a mandatory Check Point stop. At this time, overnight camping is not permitted in Timberline parking lots. A Timberline representative will direct you to the Salmon River parking lot. We ask that you self-regulate responsibly and do not gather in groups.
Uphill traffic will not be allowed in the active part of the Timberline Ski Area and is only permitted on the climbers route, located on the east side of the Timberline permit area, accessed from the Salmon River parking lot.
Timberline is operating the ski area and hotel with a very measured and cautious approach. We would hope that uphill traffic visitors practice similar measures with their mindsets and activities.
Please note, you are accessing and using this terrain under the jurisdiction of the US Forest Service.
Timberline Uphill Travel Policy
Timberline’s Uphill Travel Policy allows for uphill travel on designated routes during hours of operation. All users, regardless of travel method, direction, and/or purpose are required to abide by the Oregon Skier Statute (ORS 30.970 to 30.990), Oregon Skier Responsibility Code, and Timberline’s Rules of Use. In addition, all users travelling uphill within the Timberline Ski Area Boundary are required to travel on designated routes and abide by the rules, responsibilities, and expectations set forth by Timberline’s Uphill Travel Policy:
Climbing Mt. Hood
Timberline will no longer offer Climber Tickets, or “one ride” tickets, to the top of Palmer. The main reason for this policy change is Timberline does not promote activities that involve leaving the ski area boundary.
Climbing Mt. Hood is a serious endeavor that takes knowledge and preparation. For guests looking for information on climbing Mt. Hood please check U.S. Forest Service resources:
U.S. FOREST SERVICE CLIMBING INFO
U.S. FOREST SERVICE CLIMBING MT. HOOD VIDEO
For guided climbing information:
TIMBERLINE MOUNTAIN GUIDES
Climbers must register their group and obtain a wilderness permit from the Climber Registration outside of the Wy’East Day Lodge, then proceed to the Climber’s Trailhead adjacent to the Salmon River Parking Lot and avoid resort operations.
Deep Snow and Tree Well Safety
The Pacific Northwest’s deep maritime snowpack can create an unexpected danger of being trapped in the unseen void next to large trees. When skiing or riding off groomed trails in these conditions, always have a partner and keep each other in sight. The NSAA has also put together a great article on this topic –please follow the link.
Know the Code - Skier Responsibility
Skier Responsibility Code
Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
1. Always stay in control.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
7. Know how to use the lifts safely.
KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
Officially Endorsed by National Ski Areas Association
Safety Tips - Stay Alert, Be Courtious
Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. You may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
Terrain Park Safety
Freestyle Terrain Parks come with their own unique risks. For more information please follow the link.
Helmet Use - The Smart Choice
There is an inherent risk in skiing and snowboarding. Timberline views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner as the primary safety consideration for all riders. Wearing a helmet is a personal choice, but it’s one we STRONGLY ADVISE, especially for children. Keep in mind that it is important that helmets be properly fitted and do not inhibit vision or hearing. For more information on helmet use for children, please follow the link.
Lids on Kids
Trail difficulty designations are relative only to Timberline Lodge Ski Area and may not correspond to what you find at other skis areas. When new to an area, we encourage you start out on terrain a notch below your ability level at other resorts.
Closure and Boundary signs are placed for specific purposes and impose specific responsibilities for skiers and riders.
Off the beaten path
For safety, Timberline Lodge Ski Area recommends staying on designated, groomed trails. Those who choose to venture into more challenging terrain should be aware of their greater responsibility for protecting their own safety and the risks they pose to others.
Timberline does not recommend out-of-bounds skiing or snowboarding. If you choose to leave the ski area boundary, you assume the risks of backcountry travel.
You must be prepared with the knowledge and proper equipment to navigate unmarked hazards, extreme avalanche danger, blow holes, rocks, cliffs, crevasses, tree wells, low visibility, limited access, limited return and all other hazards.
Be aware that all canyons lead away from the ski area, return may not be possible.
Once you are outside the ski area boundary you are responsible for your own safety, transportation and evacuation. Help, if possible may be hours or days away. You or your heirs will be responsible for the cost of your rescue.
Beyond the Ski Area Boundary
Accepting the risk of skiing or snowboarding beyond the boundary should only be considered with the following:
a) proper avalanche education
b) proper avalanche equipment & training (probe, shovel & beacon)
c) being with a knowledgeable group or “buddy”
d) backcountry travel knowledge and experience
e) knowledge of local conditions including snow pack history
Ski and Snowboard tracks may lead beyond Timberline’s boundary to where there is NO avalanche control, NO trail signs, CONFUSING route directions and DANGEROUS terrain traps. Rescue, if possible, will be slow and may be costly to you. Remember that hiking, skiing or snowshoeing into closed areas is prohibited.
Snow Kiting Policy
Timberline does not allow snow kiteboarding or snow kite skiing anywhere inside the ski area boundary. Passengers are not permitted to board any Timberline chairlift with a kite and/or related equipment. Accessing the USFS Wilderness Area with snow kite equipment through the Timberline permit area is not permitted.
The Mt. Hood Ski Patrol is composed of nearly 300 volunteers, all dedicated to providing quality rescue and emergency care to participants in seasonal activities on Mt. Hood. The Mt. Hood Ski Patrol works alongside Timberline’s full-time Professional Ski Patrol to service all of our guests on weekends and holidays.
Mt. Hood Ski Patrol
For more information on the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, and to donate vital funds that keep the Patrol running, please to visit their site.