All On The Same Day: Bike And Ski At Timberline
Summer mountain biking mimics many of the motions, techniques, thrills, and spills of skiing and snowboarding during the winter. Now they can be enjoyed on the same day.
Situated on the shoulder of Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area – the nation's only year-round ski and snowboard resort – has opened its first bike park. For now, six trails wind down from treeline with expert, intermediate and a 4.7-mile beginner-designated trail system. All trails are served by Jeff Flood express chair.
The initial bike park terrain will be expanded in the next couple of years, according to Timberline management. For 2019, the bike park will be open daily until Labor Day. After that, management will determine a revised schedule.
Plans call for doubling the size of the mountain bike area by the summer of 2020, with other expansions expected beyond that. The bike park is the third with lift-access to open for the summer season at Oregon resorts; neighbor Mt. Hood SkiBowl and Mt. Bachelor also recently inaugurated bike parks, and Anthony Lakes offers limited lift access mountain bike terrain.
But only Timberline can boast a two-for-one attraction because, farther up the volcanic cone is Timberline's famous Palmer Snowfield – long a summertime skiing and 'boarding oddity. The snowfield, which tops out about 2,500 feet below the 11,245-foot summit of Mt. Hood, holds snow year-round and has its own lift. Both recreational and racing skiing and riding have been a staple for 80 years on the snowfield.