Timberline Lodge, OR, Report: 4th of July Weekend Summer Skiing Vibes
Report from Saturday July 2, 2022.
Skiing at Timberline Lodge in the summer is just different.
I know it might sound obvious, but there’s a vibe like no other.
The lifts start turning at 7am so you can make your turns before the summer sun gets too hot.
I arrived at the parking lot around 8:15.
As I walked to the elevators 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 other states were represented. I also saw sponsored vehicles for Killington Resort, Steamboat Springs and Mt Bachelor.
Being the last resort open in North America attracts people from all over.
There are ski teams, ski and snowboard camps and the general public.
In the elevators, I chatted with 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 to the parking lot.
I spent the day searching and ripping fresh corduroy. There was plenty to find, even with plenty of land reserved for runners and camps.
Everyone up there is just having a good time. How could you not? It was a pretty sunny day.
Strangers were punching me mid-station on the Palmer elevator.
Around 10 a.m. the lines got longer because that’s when the terrain parks opened, but they quickly dwindled.
In the early afternoon 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 rode the highway on my mountain bike, thanks to my Lolo Rack, to the Sandy Ridge Trail System. I changed my equipment and my backpack, and I left to finish my day of two sports.
What a beautiful day and an amazing way to kick off Independence Day weekend.