Endless Winter


Dec 5, 2002
Outside Magazine

Christmas in July: Mount Hood, Oregon    Photo: Eric Sanford/Index Stock

Timberline on Mount Hood, Oregon
THE TERRAIN IS SOMEWHAT limited during summer, and much of it is dedicated to racers in training, from ten-year-old dreamers to Olympic medalists, but Mount Hood is the only place in the United States that offers lift-served skiing for 12 months of the year. Here's an ideal July day: Rise early and ski hard before the snow turns to slurpy mush. By 11 a.m., descend from the volcano into the valley for mountain biking on hundreds of miles of trails around Government Camp, or hit the Columbia River Gorge for windsurfing. Then it's back up the mountain for sunset viewing and drinks on the veranda of Timberline Lodge, a national historic landmark.
COOL DIGS: Timberline Lodge (doubles, $80-$230; 800-547-1406, www.timberlinelodge.com) is the epitome of the great American ski lodge, with immense wood beams, stone floors, and a giant central hearth. (It also served as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.)
MOUNTAIN STATS: summit, 8,540 feet; vertical drop, 2,616 feet; skiable acres, 2,500; annual snowfall, 400 inches
LIFT TICKET: $39 Contact: 503-622-7979, www.timberlinelodge.com