Timberline, Mt Hood Day 1
19 Aug, 2008
Ahh finally made it to Mt. Hood…the summer shred destination. The snowboard camps are done so the mountain is quiet with just locals and some ski racers left. There is still quite a bit of snow on the mountain and I was very happy to see a halfpipe to ride.
Unfortunately I’m riding alone this time…but I’m fine with that, always a chance to meet people on the mountain and I have music just in case I don’t. My best friend was gonna come down, but she broke her arm before getting the chance to hit snow.
So if you have the summer itch, it’s quiet and there’s a good amount of snow left to ride. The Timberline park is really good right now, halfpipe, rails and jumps with very minimal people. Downside is lift tickets are $49 and they checked me on every chairlift today for a ticket.
Heading up the magic mile chairlift
This morning I woke up in Gresham, checked out the webcam and Timberline Lodge at the base was foggy…so I went back to sleep until the fog wore off. By 10am it looked a lot better and the mountain was sunny for the nooner hour.
Can still hike to the peak and get some riding in if you are an overachiever. I’m fine with the top of Palmer
Finally up on Palmer Snowfield, these are great conditions for August. You can see the terrain park in the lower right of this photo.
Getting the view in the goggle with my typical shannonigans.
The sun didn’t last for long and soon clouds came in pretty quickly. I went down to change and lose a layer but I still stayed pretty warm for most of the day.
In the morning I rode the Atomic reverse camber to ride it on more hard packed conditions and then switched it up to ride the Capita Black Death Inc and Union contact bindings in the afternoon.
Capita and Union…it’s like Halloween!
When fog rolls in at Hood…it can be bad or not so bad, today was okay. I’m at the top of Palmer and this was the fog.
Down the run, looking up as the chairlifts disappear into the darkness
I like the shots of empty chairs in the fog except when you are the last person loaded on Palmer and you’ve heard stories of people being left on chairs.
Riding down…got the pic of the board cutting through the amazing snow (aka rainy slush)
Here’s a look at the terrain park in the fog, I’ll take better pics when it’s not so foggy.
The halfpipe is typical for this time of year, like a big taco that’s super wide. Even still it was fun, people were just lapping the pipe. I did some hiking but then started lapping the pipe again. Today was pretty mellow just getting back into riding.
And day 1 on the mountain is done…the clouds overtook the Palmer chairlift and chairs closed down for the day.
If the weather permits, I’ll be back on the mountain tomorrow. Going into Portland now to enjoy some dinner with Erick’s family and meet his new mini-shred.