Timberline Lodge/Mt. Hood, OR to CLOSE Early for 1st Time in 10 Yrs.

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The Palmer Snowfield, where summer skiing/riding happens, looking small as of today.
The Palmer Snowfield, where summer skiing/riding happens, looking small as of today.

Legendary Timberline Lodge ski resort on Mt. Hood, OR will be closing early this season on August 2nd for the first time in decade.  Timberline almost always stays open until the end of September (Labor Day) and has the longest season in North America by far.  The last time Timberline closed early was on August 18th, 2005.

Timberline averages over 400″ of snowfall per winter but this year they only got 297″.  That lack of snow is what has lead to the early closure this year.

The Palmer Snowfield on August 26th, 2011.  In much better shape after a big winter.  photo:  imtryingtorecreate.com
The Palmer Snowfield on August 26th, 2011. In much better shape after a big winter. photo: imtryingtorecreate.com

“The last official day of public summer skiing up on Timberline’s Palmer Snowfield will be August 2nd. Timberline thanks everyone involved for another wonderful summer season, albeit a short one.“It is remarkable that we have been able to provide such a great product as long as we did this summer, considering the low snow year and hot summer temperatures we’ve been experiencing,” commented area operator Jeff Kohnstamm, “and we all owe a debt of gratitude to our wonderful mountain crew.”

The ski area which typically receives well over 400 inches of snow each winter, boasts the longest ski season in North America, and typically operates on a daily basis through Labor Day. This past winter however, the ski area received only 297 inches of snow, (measured at the 6000 foot level of the Lodge) and never got the late spring dump of 100 plus inches that normally ensures a long summer season. The last time Timberline had an abbreviated summer ski season was in 2005, when skiing went until August 18th.” – Timberline Lodge


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