Photographic evidence — Winter vs Summer at Mt. Hood
Hey, you! The guy who keeps randomly ending up on Yobeat because of Google searches or Facebook links. Let’s, for the argument of this story, say you enjoy snowboarding. Let’s also say you have vacation days, parents looking to get rid of you, or some other reason to get the hell out of town this summer. Why not shake things up and try out snowboarding IN THE SUMMER at beautiful Mt. Hood*.
Now you may say, how is the possible? There was little to no snow this year during the winter! Well morons, thank god you found us. We’re about to do you a favor and break it down with a little science and a few facts.
Fact 1. Mt Hood is home to twelve glaciers. Glaciers you see, are permanent snow fields – in other words they get more snow in the winter than they lose in the summer. This means, you guessed it folks, there’s always snow on Mt. Hood, and Palmer Glacier (home to Timberline and summer shred camps like Windells, High Cascade and MHHSC) is open and shred ready. There’s more snow on Mt. Hood in the summer than most midwest and eastern resorts have in the winter (and more terrain too.)
Video proof of summer snowboarding at Mt. Hood
What we’re saying here is, Mt. Hood is looking forward to a summer full of learning tricks, bro-ing down and goggle tanning. And while climate change may be a threat to the future of summer snowboarding, this summer, all is well! Unless of course Hood erupts (since science tells us it’s an active volcano,) however, can you really think of anything cooler than witnessing Mt Hood erupting? Did think so. It might only be cool for a few seconds until you’re boarding down a field of flowing lava*, but maybe you’d have time to instagram it (hashtag #hotlinesbro). Anyway…
– Mt. Hood has six snowboard/ski areas, however Timberline is the only year-round lift-served boarding in North America.
– Mt. Hood is an active Volcano. The last major eruption was in 1790, with minor activity in the 1800s.
– The nearby community of Government Camp is a hotbed of summer camp activity. It was given it’s name when settlers discovered a camp of wagons abandoned by the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen.
– While there are Cobra Dogs on Mt. Hood, there are in fact, no wild Cobras in the Pacific Northwest. Western Rattlesnakes, but no Cobras.
– In the state of Oregon, it is illegal to place a container filled with human fecal matter on the side of any highway. Remember this if you’re camping in Gov’y this summer.
So now you know. Or if you already knew, quit procrastinating, lollygagging, or being lazy. Get your ass to Hood this summer (whether it’s for camp, or public Timberline summer riding) and witness the miracle of science yourself.
*There are also other mountains with summer snowboarding, but we’re biased and also trying to keep this simple. **It is scientifically not possible to snowboard on molten lava. But it would make a sick edit.
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