Here are the captions and images :skicdave: helped post:
. Mt. Hood is an ominous mountain of 11,240 feet, an hour southeast of Portland, OR. Oddly, the portion that is skiable during the summer faces south. The first lift takes you from the lodge (at 6,000 feet - about the tree line) up to 7,000 feet. The second lift (Palmer) goes up another 1,500 feet onto the glacier. From there it's less than 3,000 feet to the summit. We were able to ski down almost to the lodge, since a narrow trail extending downward had residual snow.
. The Palmer lift (right side of photo) goes up to 8,500 feet, so there is less than 3,000 feet to hike above the lift to the summit. At this time of year, the summit is unskiable, but I saw a handful of hikers
climbing up without skis. Most hikers go to the left of the big rock in the midportion, and then climb around to the sandy/rocky looking area to the right of center. We didn't hike at all (see Image 5). When Mt. Hood is skiable from the summit, people ski either the East (right) or West (left) sides. Skiers also sometimes go over the summit and down the north side. In May, you can ski all the way down to Government Camp - 9,000 vertical feet.
. The Palmer lift is covered in snow during the winter, and is unusable. The exit from it is built into the glacier to protect the system. So, you exit from the inside the glacier, and ski out.
. For the snowboarders
. There were several terrific terrain parks that ran towards the lodge. The late morning/early afternoon snow was ideal for snowboards. The first image shows the distal half of the half pipe. The second shows various jumps - sorry - cheap
- it looks great in real life.
. It felt great to be skiing for a few turns, until my skis slid out from under me during my warm up run the first morning. It was just after 7AM, and the glacier was bulletproof -> slid about 600 vertical feet (depicted by the red line). I just read the section on "fall arrest techniques" in RR's mountaineering book, so I knew it wasn't optimal to be head first and on my back. Unfortunately, one ski didn't release, I had no ice ax, and couldn't think of a thing to do. It wasn't as steep as TR, but I disliked the feeling of reeling down and down unable do a thing to stop. Luckily, I stopped short of the rocks. If anyone has good ideas on how to stop when you are sliding down a giant ice cube, I'd appreciate the input.
. Limited by the effusion in my left knee (from the fall), my major off slope activity was the ice pack. The hubby's major activity was hunting down more ice. Given my marginal weight bearing ability, we had to "downsize" plans to
to the summit, take advantage of free demo skis, etc. But we took an afternoon to kayak which was relaxing and fun. The area also has great wind surfing, white water rafting and other water sports.
Overall, I had to ski slow
, but no one noticed, and it was a lot of fun. There was enough beer to keep even elwood
happy, and :ma: would have been pleased that a lot of people used
. Mostly it was a group of people who couldn't resist the idea of skiing in July. The hubby had fun skiing and vowed to turn into a ski bum next winter……we will see.
We left the Skidude at the kids camp for a second week of fun. Now I have four months for my knee to recover before the Thanksgiving snow hits.
Sorry for the poor quality images - throw away camera - I promise I'll get a real
for the next trip.
THANKS TO SKICDAVE :skicdave: FOR POSTING THE PIX!