For me fortunately it hasn't ended yet, I still have one more trip to MT.hood in May. But unfortunately my season starts late, I say about January 1, and it will either be to Utah, Whistler, Colorado or Jackson, it really depends on the snow conditions. For the next year I guess I am going to do it less only two trips, I have to save up money to move to probably Colorado in August permanently.
Hmmm, my season doesn't end. With our indoor snow slope, I have that option all year round. Okay, but technically probably won't be on a mountain again until at least January 09.
Sweet! What indoor slope are you talking about? I was in Scotland no less than 2 weeks ago for business. I was visited the outdoor ski slope at the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre. I also went to the Glenshee Ski Center a couple of times.
January 09?!?! Is there no where to go with adequate snow around Thanksgiving?
i'll proabably start in december on a little fake snow hill, i'm not sure when they open, but there's a couple around me. i'm pretty sure there's somwhere you can go in late november, depending on how much snow there is this year. mt. hood always comes to mind when i think of boarding at uncommon times of the year. i'm sure someone on this forum will know for sure.
On Mt. Hood, the season goes all summer at Timberline with the Palmer glacier. They shut down for 3 weeks in September for lift maintenance. The "regular" season for Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline`s lower mountain ends in June and usually cranks back up again in early Novemeber.
Personally, I quit going regularly around the first of June; I get into white water rafting season then and run the rivers through October. I do hit Tline at least once a month all summer and also hike for some turns in the Cascades.
How is the snow over there on Mount Hood during the off season? I have to scratch my snowboarding itch in the summer atleast once!
Actually it is a lot of fun with the best corn snow you can imagine. Late into August it gets a little dirty and is a good idea to ride an old beater board because it is easy to find a rock here and there. I like riding Palmer in the summer because it is a great place to work on new tricks with a nice soft, squishy landing that is forgiving.
I love riding in the warm sunny clear weather as well, so it is just genearlly fun!
I am very interested in checking this out. Would flying into Portland Airport be the best way? What are the closest hotel accommodations to Palmer?