Get ready for summer. Coaches - reserve your lane space on Palmer now! Campers, your summer snow mecca awaits!
Please note, the majority of publicly accessible terrain on the Palmer Snowfield is somewhat limited due to many ski race camps that reserve private ‘lane’ space throughout the summer. There will always be one lane available for the public, with the potential for more on days when ski race camp traffic is lighter.
Our Summer Snow Season begins June 1, 2013.
We typically operate our best 2 lifts based on weather and snow conditions. This is most typically our Magic Mile and Palmer lifts.
Lift status and operating hours may change on a daily basis due to weather and snow conditions – please see our conditions page for current information.
Reserve your land space on the Palmer Snowfield!
Please call us at 503-272-3158.
Timberline Summer Snow Program
Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
Camp Leaders and Coaches:
Click to download the 2013 Summer Ski Camp and Coach Manual. This newly revised manual is full of important information, and is quick and easy to read!
Click here to download 1-page liability release.
Hungry? Summer Camp Meal Information
Timberline Lodge strives to provide the most nutritious meals at a reasonable price. Our Black Iron Grill (B.I.G.) located in the Wy’East Day Lodge provides a large menu to order from.
Breakfasts and lunches can be setup for your camp through the Mtn. Services Desk. Group meals this summer are TBD for breakfast and TBD for lunch (per person) – both are served buffet style.
The practice of ensuring a fun and safe ski surface by applying salt to the snow is something that is done at ski areas throughout the world. The salt works by essentially melting the snow crystals at the very top of the ski surface, creating a slurry that quickly refreezes as a smoother, faster skiing surface. As operators of Timberline, we recognize that this practice of salting raises environmental questions and concerns, and we want to address those concerns here.
To determine if salt usage has any site specific detrimental environmental effects, Timberline implemented its first salt monitoring and analysis program as early as 1976. The current comprehensive program has been in place since 1988. The practice of applying salt to the hill is authorized under the terms of a permit issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality under section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The primary purpose of our comprehensive analysis is to study and evaluate any short and long term impacts from the use of salt in the ski area.
Salt is applied to the Palmer Snowfield on nearly a daily basis from late May through approximately Labor Day. An effective annual monitoring plan, as well as an understanding of salt’s effect on the environment needs to carefully consider the area’s site-specific conditions including topography, weather, volume of snow, drainage, soil composition and levels of naturally occurring (background) sodium chloride in the streams and rivers below. On that later point, it is important to keep in mind that salt (sodium chloride) is a mineral which exists naturally, particularly here on a volcano.
To help us with the scientific nature of this work, we hired one of the best…Golder and Associates, a geotechnical consulting firm based out of Redmond, Washington.
Timberline believes that the practice of salting, when done responsibly and in accordance with sight specificity, can be done in an environmentally sensitive way and on a sustainable basis. It plays an important role in our ability to continue to provide a safe quality summer ski experience.