Timberline Ski Resort Review

Timberline Ski Resort, or Timberline Lodge, is an Oregon ski resort located on the south face of Mount Hood. It is 60 miles east of Portland in Clackamas County. It is the only resort in North America to stay open for skiing year round. Their vertical drop of 3,690 feet is the most on the Pacific Northwest.

Their are 41 trails at Timberline, 25% beginner, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced. The longest one is 3.12 miles. These runs cover 1,415 acres and are accessed by 5 high speed quads, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and 2 surface lifts. Combined they move 9,869 skiers an hour up the slopes. The average snowfall is between 400 and 500 inches a year.

The Freestyle Terrain at Timberline is progression based for all ability levels. There are five terrain parks and 1 pipe. Timberline has been a leader in freestyle features since the whole thing started and they continue to stay on the cutting edge.

Timberline Ski Resort.
Timberline Lodge.
Thanks to Severin Sadjina for the picture at flickr.com

There are endless lesson options at Timberline Ski Resort starting with the Bruno's Kids Club Programs where ski and board lessons are designed specifically for your child's age group. The Next Step Programs take you to the next level, from what ever level you are now at. The Discover Program offers affordable lessons for beginner skiers aged 11 and up. Anything you could ever want to learn about skiing, or about the mountain, can be taught by a private lessons instructor.

Other activities at Timberline include snowshoeing, mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking and camping. Mt. Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world and the most popular route starts at Timberline Lodge. Timberline is also the start of numerous hiking trails including a 41 mile trek around the mountain.

Lodging is available at the Timberline Lodge where the rooms are a reminder of times when everything was handmade. They are warm, inviting and comfortable. Timberline also features a very unique lodging experience at the Silcox Hut, located above the main lodge. An overnight package includes dinner, breakfast and round trip transportation. Most guests choose to ski out in the morning and that's fine too, the slopes are right there.

Timberline Ski Resort.
Top of Timberline.
Thanks to slack13 for the picture at flickr.com

Your drinking and dining options at the resort are the Farmers Market Brunch, Ram's Head Bar, Blue Ox Bar, Ice Axe Grill, Wy'East Dining and the Cascade Dining Room. Your shopping needs are taken care of at The Timberline Gallery, The Wy'East Gift Shop or The Endless Winter Tshirt Shop.

Timberline Lodge is unique in many ways. It's one of the only lodges to sit high up on the mountain, as opposed to the base. It is also a National Historic Landmark. It was built in the late 1930's as a Works Progress Administration project during the time of the Great Depression. The workers were some of the unemployed put to work by president Roosevelt and the materials used in the construction were mostly the large timber and rocks from the mountain.

The general information number at Timberline is 503-272-3116. For snow conditions call 503-222-2211 and for the snow school call 503-231-5402.

Timberline Ski Resort Map & Directions (click on "Marker" for your personalized directions)

Timberline Ski Resort.
View from the lodge at Timberline ski resort.
Thanks to slack13 for the picture at flickr.com

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