When does ski season on Mt Hood usually start? -Jon
Ski season on Mount Hood can open as early as Halloween but the Thanksgiving weekend is generally the target date for all the resorts. If you really have the bug like me, Timberline runs limited operation on weekends starting in early October through the official resort opening when all lifts are operational. It is weather dependent, so make sure to check their website or the Timberline snow phone 503-222-2211. Have a awesome winter and hope to see you on the slopes!
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Ski season “truly” opens when Mt. Hood gets enough snow and it is usually dependent on the resort. Timberline will usually open first, sometimes as early as the beginning of November, followed by Mt Hood Meadows and then Ski Bowl. Realistically, though, ski season usually kicks off at the beginning of December. The resorts that open in November typically only open a few lifts and there is limited access across the mountain. You are also much more likely to encounter hidden rocks and other debris that will increase the likeliness of ruining your equipment. If you want to get up there early in the season you can but the real riders come out in December when the mountains have had time to establish a good base.
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About Ask Oregon Expert Asit Rathod
Asit Rathod was born in Portland, Oregon and started skiing x-country at the age of five on Oregon's very own Mount Hood. Asit lived and skied between Chamonix, France for five seasons and Las Lenas, Argentina for four summers. He has more than 140 ski descents from the 11,239ft summit of Mount Hood, is an Ambassador for Mount Hood Meadows and contributor to 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. Asit is a suit and tie by day but big mountain skier at heart.