Report from Saturday, July 2nd, 2022.
Skiing Timberline Lodge in the summer is just different.
I know that may sound obvious, but it has a vibe like no other.
The lifts start spinning at 7 am so you can get your turns in before the summer sun gets too hot.
I pulled into the parking lot around 8:15 am.
As I walked toward the lifts I saw license plates from Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, South Dakota, New York, California, Wyoming, and of course Oregon and Washington. I’m sure many more states were represented. I also saw sponsored vehicles for Killington Resort, Steamboat Springs, and Mt Bachelor.
Being the last resort open in North America draws people from all over.
There are ski teams, ski and snowboard camps, and the general public.
On the lifts, I chatted up people from New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington.
The skiing was fantastic, well above my expectations.
Timberline still has so much snow and it wasn’t too hard or too soft. I could even ski all the way to the parking lot.
I spent the day searching out and ripping fresh corduroy. There was plenty of it to be found, even with a lot of terrain reserved for the racers and camps.
Everyone up there is just having a good time. How could you not? It was a beautiful, mostly sunny day.
Strangers were giving me fist bumps at the mid-station of the Palmer lift.
At about 10 am the lines got long because that’s when the terrain parks open, but they quickly diminished.
In the early afternoon, some more clouds rolled in, and I decided it was time to go for a mountain bike ride.
Timberline has had so much snow they haven’t even opened their bike park yet. So, I drove down the highway with my mountain bike, thanks to my Lolo Rack, to the Sandy Ridge Trail System. I changed my gear and my backpack, and I was off to complete my two-sport day.
What a great day and an incredible way to kick off the Independence Day weekend.