Timberline Lodge ski resort’s Palmer Snowfield on Mt. Hood, OR has nearly completely melted this summer forcing the ski resort to close over a month early on August 2nd, 2015. This is not good. But, this happened back in 2005, and the Palmer Snowfield recovered nicely. That said, since around 2005, the Palmer hasn’t been what it once was.
We have compiled 16 summer photos of the Palmer Snowfield from 13 different years from 1935 until 2015. From these photos, one can see that the Palmer Snowfield has rarely melted out as significantly as it has this year.
In 2005, the Palmer Snowfield melted out about as bad as it has this year, but recovered snow mass due to big winters in 2006 and 2011. In 2005, Timberline was forced to close early on August 18th. Timberline Lodge averages over 400 inches of snowfall per season. In 2014/15 they received only 297″ of snowfall.
Timberline Lodge ski resort’s Palmer Snowfield on Mt. Hood is the place of legends. Bumpers, racers, park rats, and normal public skiers and riders rejoice in skiing this piece of snow all summer long.
It’s currently unclear how much longer Timberline will be able to offer summertime skiing and riding. Looking at the images of the Palmer Snowfield over the years below, it’s clear that the Palmer Snowfield is on its way out…