SUMMER TRAINING AT TIMBERLINE
PALMER LANE RESERVATIONS
Greetings coaches and camp organizers looking to reserve space on the Palmer Snowfield this summer! Timberline is now accepting online lane reservation requests for 2021, except for August 1 - 20, which is full.
FREESTYLE COACHES - LEARN MORE about Timberline's new Freestyle Training Center and how to reserve space.
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.
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.