The first turn at Mt. Hood Meadows

It’s like anticipation of knowing what’s about to come out of your mom’s kitchen before Thanksgiving dinner. It is like the moment before tearing into the presents Christmas morning. It is like the excitement of waiting at the bar for a blind date and watching them walk in the door. The moment all skiers wait for all summer long is the first turn when the cold air hits their face while sinking into the fresh powder that was dreamed about for the last 7 months. Pupils dilate, heart skips a beat, and some how the smile feels like it is too big for our face. Fist pumps, hi5’s, and whoo hoos can be seen all over the mountain!

The photos are from opening weekend at Mount Hood Meadows and were just as sweet as I had dreamed about all summer. I have been skiing for 33 years here in Oregon and can feel an amazing winter on hand. If ever there was a year you wanted to learn how to ski or snowboard this is the year! Time to visit one or all of Oregon’s awesome resorts: Mount Hood Meadows, Timberline, Ski Bowl, Mount Bachelor, Mount Ashland, Willamette Pass, Hoodoo, Warner Canyon, Mount Bailey Cat Ski, Anthony Lakes, or right out you back door. Just get out and ride and save the excuses for next year. If life has pulled you in paths that didn’t allow you to ride then this is the year you come back home to the mountains. No more excuses. Sacrifice or regret…………… choose.

Editor’s Note: Our friends at Ski Oregon reports the following opening schedule. For the latest conditions and open dates, check out

Mt. Hood Meadows – Open
Timberline – Open
Mt. Bachelor – November 24th
Hoodoo – November 25th
Ski Bowl – November 25th
Willamette Pass – Projecting November 25th
Anthony Lakes Ski Area – November 26th

(photo credits: Randy Boverman


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  1. tspofford says…

    “I have been skiing for 33 years here in Oregon and can feel an amazing winter on hand.”

    “Amazing” all right but not, I think, as you imagined it. Amazing lack of snow would seem to best describe it.

    On the other hand, since I broke my wrist right before Christmas, I’m just counting on some late season dumps, just like the past 2 years, around the time my hand surgeon gives me the go-ahead near the end of February

    Written on January 11th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
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