Ready to carve the first turns of the season at Timberline. (Timberline Lodge/Facebook)
The ski and snowboard season is officially underway as Timberline on the slopes of Mt. Baker will crank up a chairlift on weekends.
Starting Oct 7, the Palmer Snowfield – the uppermost portion of the skiable terrain – will run 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Palmer Express high-speed quad will deliver skiers and riders onto the snowfield, which is expert-only terrain. No terrain park will be open at this time, and conditions will dictate when the lift runs.
Tickets will be $61 for a day on the slopes and some guest services will be available at the Timberline Lodge. Parking will be at the lodge lots.
“There will be some snow grooming on Palmer for a better experience; however, conditions can change rapidly,” the resort announced. “Early season snow conditions are extremely variable with the possibility of ice in the mornings and thaw in the afternoon. Skiers and riders are urged to use extreme caution.”
First snowfall of the season at Timberline came Sept. 18-19, with nine inches falling overnight. Subsequent storms have allowed Timberline to begin spinning its chair.
Tucked onto the south slope of 11,245-foot Mt. Hood in Oregon, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area is America’s only ski and snowboard resort that keeps its lifts open all summer.
The early opening comes as the venerable Timberline Lodge celebrates its 80th birthday.