Yes you read that correctly! Ski turns in August, with a lift, in the northern hemisphere! Though I have more than a couple of friends still skiing in Colorado, hiking and earning their turns, I couldn't resist the opportunity to take the lift!
Mount Hood is the only place in North America that is opened year round (well almost). Depending on the snowfall they will only close for a few weeks before the next season begins. Timberline Resort at Mt. Hood is well known for there off season training camps for Olympic athletes and the like, but is now fully open to the public. After purchasing a ticket I unpacked the ski gear I had been hauling around. I thought there could be an opportunity to ski at some point, so everything came with.
Heading up the first chair
The day before I had been riding the bike park just a few miles down the road at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl. Now I traded out the bike for skis. There was no snow at the bottom lift so you had to carry all your gear for the ride up. Once you hit the second chair and the snowline you could boot up and ski to the lift.
Yes, I admit, I took a selfie....but with due cause..
The snow was some serious spring mashed potatoes but skied great! It took a few runs to get my ski legs back . The weather was perfect (of course) a sunny 65 degrees or so, just a t shirt and a hat for the day. As the skiers and snowboarders where taking laps, the "scenic" chair lift riders and day hikers watched with wonderment. Many taking pictures and pointing at the spectacle of summer turns!
Getting back on the skis got me thinking about the winter season coming, where the snow will fall, and where I will land.
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The Story Behind the Story
After a year living in my camper named "The Betty", I've decided to take those adventures and make it a lifestyle. From the first day of the journey to the launch of my business I've kept a journal here at "Miles in the Mirror".
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