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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Timberline Lodge Mt. Hood Oregon
2nd photo is of a half buried Timberline Lodge. Snow plows had to work continuously to keep the roads open so people could even use the parking lot for 48 hours straight. So, for me this was a really cool experience! The temperatures ranged during the daytime between about 10 degrees and 37 degrees Fahrenheit. The elevation is 5900 feet up Mt. Hood At Timberline Lodge. Here is a word button for it:
I spent some time making sure my son was getting used to these kind of skis before I went off on my own to explore the snow terrain. When you are in a new Ski Park in a blizzard with a whole lot of powder snow coming down there are a whole lot of new variables to get used to. For me, the biggest thing was just how hard it is at age 63 to get up out of the powder when you crash as you are very likely to if you have never before skied in this place in your entire life. So, it snowed basically all day and all night and then all day and all night until the next day before we had to say goodbye and move towards home once again. But if you want a really memorable experience almost any time of year and stay in old fashioned luxury like you just don't see almost anywhere anymore Timberline Lodge is at its rustic mountaineering best. Also, many people start their climb of Mt. Hood from this location as well. I enjoyed looking out the window of my hotel room watching snowboarders and skiers going by on their boards and skis. What a really memorable time!
When I left there it was a whole lot of powder without a whole lot of people there to enjoy it. So, I felt safe to have fun and even to crash without worrying much whether someone would run me over. So, it was amazing!
One more thing my size 15 1/2 ski boots were the most comfortable I have rented anywhere. Usually I have to make do with a tight 14 most places. So, I was really comfortable with my great rented skis and boots and new ski pants. Only my jacket got wet from the falls. Great skiing!