Why Summer Skiing at Timberline is So Much Fun

Summer Skiing at Timberline

Summer skiing with lift access at Mt. Hood

If you’ve skied during the summer months, then you know that it usually involves warm weather, snow slogs and sun cupped snow. However, did you know that Timberline Ski Area offers lift access summer skiing? Timberline summer skiing is an anomaly for backcountry skiers and snowboarders with resort style skiing when it hasn’t snowed in months.

Insert mind blown here.

My husband and I are skiing every month this year and decided to cut ourselves a break from the long hike to snow and enjoyed the lift access summer skiing at Timberline Lodge for our September ski.

It was amazing.

Summer Skiing at Timberline

The Palmer Liftline and perfectly groomed black diamond ski runs.

Summer Skiing at Timberline

Skiers and snowboarders riding up the Magic Mile to connect with the Palmer Liftline to shred.

There was only one main run open this late in the season, but the Willis run off the Palmer Lift provided enough skiable terrain to lap for hours (without hiking for miles).

Unfortunately, it was very cloudy when we went for Labor Day weekend, but when the blue skies came out, the views of Mt. Hood summit area were breathtaking.

Summer Skiing at Timberline

All smiles riding up Palmer!

Summer Skiing at Timberline

Giving our backcountry gear a break from touring with more skiing than touring.

All the runs off Palmer Lift are graded black diamond, but don’t let that deter beginners from skiing – I’ve skied blue runs steeper than those off Palmer. The ski runs off Palmer provide wide open glades that are perfect for letting lose and ripping downhill.

Timberline has the longest ski season in North America with their summer skiing lift operations.

Timberline Ski Area offers summer skiing with daily lift operations June 1 through Labor Day weekend. Skiers and snowboarders get access to two chairlifts, the Magic Mile and Palmer Lift. The Palmer Chairlift tops out at 8,540 ft and is snow covered through late summer.

Summer Skiing at Timberline

Brian contemplating the foggy weather and ski runs.

Summer Skiing at Timberline

Me, getting ready to ski!

Another unique quality about summer skiing at Timberline is that they apply rock salt to the runs off Palmer Lift. This helps with the snow quality throughout the summer, making the snow less “grabby” than normal summer snow skiing slush.

During the early summer months, there’s usually a terrain park off the Magic Mile that is used by various ski and snowboard camps throughout the summer.

Later in the summer season, the only open runs are off Palmer, with a sliver of skiable snow back down to Magic Mile.

Summer Skiing at Timberline

Top of Palmer Liftline, usually there are wonderful views of Mt. Hood summit when there is blue sky.

Summer Skiing at Timberline

Brian, hiking back to Magic Mile lift to take the chairlift down to Timberline Lodge.

Those looking to enjoy the views can take the Magic Mile Sky Ride for excellent views of the Mt. Hood summit.

Ski lift tickets are $66 per person and scenic Magic Mile Sky Ride tickets are $15 per person.

For more information on ski conditions and summer schedule, visit

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    September 6, 2016 at 6:04 pm


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