We look forward to hosting coaches and camps on Mt. Hood this summer for a world-class training alpine training experience.
Please read the coaches packet carefully for new information and changes to our insurance requirements: COACH MANUAL
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The following dates are sold out: June 19 - July 20 and August 1 - 7. There may be room for small groups on specific dates, please email with inquiries.
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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.
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.
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. Golder and Associates, a geotechnical consulting firm based out of Redmond, Washington has been contracted since 1988 to oversee, analyze, and compile the data. The primary purpose of our comprehensive analysis is to account for the salt that we are introducing into the environment and study and evaluate any surface water impacts.
RLK and Company operates Timberline under the terms of a Special Use Permit from the United States Forest Service. The practice of applying salt to the hill is authorized under the terms of a 401 permit issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. We provide them with concise records of salt application. Surface water data is provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The monitoring program incorporates a continuous flow and conductivity study and utilizes water samples collected from 8 locations in several streams within the Palmer drainage.
The analysis confirms sodium chloride in the downstream waters. That is important in that it accounts for the salt, and indeed, monitoring stations show that summertime chloride levels increase during salting and return to normal background levels in the winter months. Chloride concentrations observed in all monitored streams, at all stations, regardless of elevation, are well below the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality drinking water standard of 250 mg/L and below the EPA water quality of 230 mg/L (chronic) and 860 mg/L (acute) for exposure to salt-sensitive species. It has been concluded that the practice of applying salt to Palmer Snowfield presents no threat to aquatic resources, aquatic biota, wildlife, or drinking water.