Report for Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Timberline Lodge is well known for being a summer skiing destination. People from all over the country and the world come to ski on the Palmer snowfield. In fact, just three weeks ago, I was up there skiing on the longest day of the year.
Some might be less familiar with the Timberline Bike Park. It first opened in 2019 and changed the face of Timberline in the summer. Now you can ski, hike, bike, and engage in many other activities all at the same resort.
My boys love mountain biking, and their skill has been progressing, so it was practically a requirement that we visit.
They were so excited they woke up early, and we were the first ones to enter the park.
We started down Gravy Train, which is a flowy, winding green trail all the way to the bottom of the Jeff Flood Express.
“So fun!” they exclaimed as they loaded their bikes on the lift.
Next, we did Re-Align, which is a freeride jump trail. Both boys started hooting and hollering as they got “sick air” on the first few jumps. I stayed at the top of the trail waiting for them to distance themselves a bit, and smiled as their yelling got further and further away.
Other trails we hit on the day were The Rock, Xerces, and Antfarm.
The conditions were stunningly perfect. Never were we too cold or hot thanks to the sun and high alpine environment.
Timberline had just recently opened the bike park over the weekend, and unfortunately, some of the outer limit trails weren’t open yet. Some more trail work and snowmelt are needed.
What a fun day; I’m sure my boys will bug me to go back again soon.
Sometimes it’s nice not to have to pedal for some fun downhill.