I’ve always used my tele skis on the lift so I’d like to see what it’s like to skin up and ski down at Timberline. Two firsts for me- first time to try this and first time to lead a NW Wilderness outing. So buyer beware. :-)
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,500 ft to the top of the Palmer lift. We’ll do at least 1 run and depending upon the time and our energy level we’ll do one more or a half run. If we’re feeling strong we could climb as much as 5,000 ft!
PACE: Moderate to Moderately fast.
DIFFICULTY RATING: Depends upon how much we do but it could range from Difficult to Very Difficult in terms of physical exertion. The terrain is best suited for intermediate or higher level skiers/boarders.
ESTIMATED TIME: 4 to 7 hours.
PERMITS: Sno-Park Pass
CARPOOLING: RT is 100 miles. I prefer to compensate the driver 10 cents/mile for gas and wear and tear on their vehicle. Exact change makes things easier. If you can’t quite afford this, that’s OK you’re still welcome to come along.
Let’s meet at Gateway at 6:15 am with a departure time of 6:30 am. Uggh, I know that's brutal but you can do it. We’ll then carpool to Timberline lodge. We’ll skin up to the top of the Palmer lift (8,500 ft) and reward our hard work with some sweet turns down the mountain. Often the run down is groomed and wide open which makes for some nice cruising turns.
For those that need to rent skins, I suggest Oregon Mountain Community (e-omc.com). If you need to rent skis, boots, etc. I’d try either The Mountain Shop (mountainshop.net) or Oregon Mountain Community.
Please note in your RSVP if you’re willing to drive, and how many folks you can fit in your car. If you drive you’ll need to meet winter snow zone regulations. See the following link for details. http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/winterdriving.shtml#Chains_and_traction_tires
What to bring:
• Ski setup with skins. Or a split board with skins. I guess you could use snowshoes to climb but you’ll need a way to carry your skis or snow board.
• A few layers and a warm toasty layer/jacket to put on when we stop.
• Gloves and a warm hat
• A waterproof jacket and pants. Gaiters are optional and probably not necessary.
• Lunch, snacks and at least 2 liters of water
• Sun screen
• Sunglasses or goggles
• Cash to reimburse the driver