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Summer Snowboarding at Timberline: Not Just For Summer Camps

When it comes to summer snowboarding, most people think about snowboard camps and the southern hemisphere. A lot of people consider snowboarding at Timberline to just be a novelty in the summer due to the lack of terrain, but they’re just plain wrong. Summer snowboarding is so much more than a bunch of spoiled brats and pro snowboarders trying to one up each other. In fact, it has become one of my favorite times and places to ride, and this is why.


The only time the T-shirt and mittens look will fly.

1. T-Shirt Weather: Snowboarding in a t-shirt is fun. There is just something about feeling the cold radiate off of the ground and the sun beating down on top you.  Don’t lie, you enjoy spring skiing. Summer snowboarding on a glacier is the exact same thing, all summer long.


Corey Caz. Photo @timberline_freestyle

2. Summer Halfpipe Riding: I got to ride half pipe through all of June this year.  You know those days when the pipe isn’t quite slush but isn’t quite ice?  Where you can go big and not die?  Imagine having that for weeks on end.


Ok, there are a few kooks, like Tim Coolidge here.

3. No Kooks:  Hands down there are fewer people getting in your way.  In the summer, almost everyone on the mountain can rip.  Whether it’s gate bashing skiers or rail slaying snowboarders there aren’t many Jerry’s.  If you wake up late when the parks are opening, you don’t even have to deal with gate bashers.  They have to go to bed so they can be up early enough for firm snow.

Camping in the snow in May? Yep, that’s a thing.

4. Chairs Stop Early: While this one sounds shitty, it has its advantages.  Want to go mountain bike? Disc golf? Fishing?  You have plenty of time when the chairs stop turning at 2:00 in the afternoon. Hell, you can even take the last chair up and make the 45 minute hike to Illumination Rock or hike the park for an extra hour.  Just because the chairs stop doesn’t mean the riding has to.

Butterfly/moth migration. #timberlinelodge #summer #ski #timberlinetruth #skipatrol

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5. Butterflies:  Yeah, you read that right.  Mother fucking butterflies.  Yeah yeah.  All you fake core, wannabe tough guys out there are making fun of me for this one. You know what though, it’s pretty cool.  Even if you miss the migration you’ll still notice a few throughout the day.

Whatever your excuses have been to not ride Timberline in the summer, stop making them.  The next time the PNW gets hammered all winter, get here and shred.

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Hood Report 2017: Timberline Treated to the Best Summer in Years

Filming: Adam Foster and Cam Weeg – Sorry about the music, it came free with my iphone editing software. 

Fires are raging out of control in most of the Western US and September 3, 2017, the second-to-last day on hill for the Timberline summer, was a smoky one. But even though breathing was labored and it seems like the world may very well be going to hell in a hand basket, the snow on the Palmer glacier is holding strong and with minimal walking, you can lap the former Windells park until your heart’s content. Don’t wanna hike at all? Don’t blame you – that air quality is worse than Bejing right now, but you can just rip Palmer midstation laps all day while exerting (almost) no energy. I could ramble all day about how fun it was, but since the Internet hates reading, here are five reasons 2017 was the best damn summer, ever.

Doesn’t look like much but compared to the last few years…

There is Plenty of snow – As stated, legit snow fall over the winter has seemingly refreshed the Palmer Glacier to its mid 2000’s glory. Enough snow means better features and less hiking and well, that’s just awesome.

The butterflies! Pic: Goneronin

The butterflies migrated – Every so many years, thousands upon thousands of butterflies migrate over Mt. Hood and this year, they were back! While butterfly-splat on your goggles isn’t that fun, fluttering insects mostly just add to the magic of an already magical experience.

Wont be the same without the skatepark in town, but whatever, that park sucked anyway.

High Cascade got the fuck outta Gov’y – In a move that was a long time coming, HCSC announced they’d be moving the majority of their campers out of Gov’y and on to the glorious Windells campus, leaving Gov’y to be the haven for adult debauchery you’ve heard rumors about.

There’s weed in there, and it’s totally legal! 

(At least) two marijuana dispensaries have popped up east of Sandy on Route 26 now: Weed is legal in Oregon but sadly, there’s still no where to buy it in Gov’y. This is likely because each town in Oregon sets its own regulations, and let’s just say Government Camp isn’t run by the most progressive minded people. But there’s Mt. Hood rec center in Rhodedendron and on our trip up yesterday we noticed another huge new dispensary across from Mt. Hood Foods that just opened. It is very chill.

They had a public lap park: We Are Camp’s constriction means more public terrain and Timberline Parks turned the former HCSC lap park is now open to anyone! Can I get an amen?

Sadly, today is the last day you can ride the lifts to the top of the Palmer Glacier for the summer, but don’t fret! When the snow holds on, TLine has been known to fire up the generators as early as Columbus Day and if you think summer boarding at Timberline is awesome, you should get up there in the fall!

 

Turning & Burning at Timberline

With free entry, blue skies, soft snow and tons a killer prizes it was hard not to have a smile on your face. As the bar lowered and things heated up Samantha Grist took top honors as “Overall Lowest” as well as winning the women’s division. Joey Carnera took it home for the men’s division with a solid toe side carve under one of the lowest marks of the day.

Mens
1st – Joey Carnera
2nd – Jeff Oglesbee
3rd – Jamie Dikih

Ladies
1st – Sam Grist
2nd – Charlene Zoeckler
3rd – Maureen Wick

Overall lowest: Sam Grist

Film/Edit: Jordan DeMoss

Turn & Burn at Timberline

An event strictly based on turning, and of course, the limbo.

Best Summer Ever 3: Welcome Back to Hood Life

Hunter Gulan packed up his Pontiac, departed Duluth and has arrived at Mt. Hood for what will certainly be the Best. Summer. Ever. To kick things off he spent some time at Windells with fellow Minnesotans Dan Spooner and Jesse Paul. Stay tuned all summer for the Hood Life through Hunter’s lens.

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Paradise Island: Season 2 Episode 1

The boyz of Mt. Hood are back with Season 2 of Paradise Island. Featuring: Corey Caswell, Kai Polendey, Will Bickerstaff, Taylor Rydman, Jagger Heckman, Tanner Seymore, Jordan Phinney, Casey Tratz.

Edit: Cameron Weeg

 

Paradise Island – 15/16 Final Bonanza

The last episode of Board Over Brains’ Paradise Island series for the 15/16 season, featuring Mt. Hood in all its summer glory. Riders: Andy Glader, Casey Mitchell, Jeff Deforge, Keizer, Jordan Phinny, Jon Holmsted , Tanner Seymore, Riley Tardiff, Corey Caswell, Jay Hergert.

Video by Cam Weeg

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Summer (Mike Rav and Friends)

Brody Gardner Mt. Hood Maycation

White Mountains

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Luke Rodnick, Brendan Sullivan, Steven Dimmit, Shane Keller, Veronika Perfilyava

Panda… ?

Moving Meditations

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riders: AJ Lawson, John Guy, Cooper Thomas, Mike Smoczynski, Katie Kloes, TJ Homan, and Ron Fleming
filmers: Mike Smoczynski, XJ Fila, and Cooper Thomas
editor: XJ Fila
executive producer: Jared Souney
associate producer: Lane Knaack
spiritual advisor: Rich Tarkington
songs: “Night Stroll” – Dâm-Funk