Timberline named Official Training Site for US Ski Team, US Snowboarding, and US Freeskiing
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has entered into a non-exclusive agreement with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to be a USSA official training site this summer. Olympic athletes in all disciplines, including alpine racing, snowboarding, freestyle, and freeskiing, will be traveling from all over the United States and beyond to participate in summer training at Timberline.
“Timberline has a long and storied history as a summer training site for The United States Ski Team. From Tony Sailer, Billy Kidd, Steve and Phil Mahre to Ted Ligety; from Cindy Nelson and Picabo Street to Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin … All have trained at Timberline in the summer as well as virtually all other US Olympic Alpine athletes,” commends Timberline’s president, Jeff Kohnstamm, “We are very proud of this tradition and have worked with USSA to formalize our relationship. This will further meet the needs of US athletes and promote the world class summer ski and snowboard training that is Timberline’s Palmer Snowfield.”
This exciting partnership has been in the works since last summer. However, Timberline has long been recognized as a premier training facility for Olympic ski and snowboarding teams from all over the world. Mt. Hood was quickly put on a global ski racing stage as THE place to train in the summer when the original Palmer Chairlift opened for the 1978 summer ski season. In 1996, the current Palmer Chair, a high speed detachable quad, was installed and quickly began transporting athletes to the top of the Palmer Snowfield. With the new lift and upgrades in snow management, Timberline held firm to its reputation as the best destination in North America for summer training.
The ease of travel and accessibility of the Palmer snowfield makes it a clear choice for US Team Athletes. Quick turn around times on the lift and perfectly groomed lanes ensure that a day spent on the snow field is 100% productive.
U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing will be training in High Cascade Snowboard Camp’s and Windells Camp’s world-renowned terrain parks, utilizing some of the best freestyle terrain on the planet. Some of the features available to the team will be a full 22-foot halfpipe, 22-foot pipe with airbag, large jump to airbag, and every type of freestyle feature found in today’s top terrain parks. That coupled with camp-specific handle tows will allow team members to access parks without lapping Palmer chair.
The US Ski Team will have their own racing lanes reserved on Palmer as well.
The 2017 summer training season is especially important. The 2018 Winter Olympics, taking place in PeongChang, South Korea, are only a year away. During summer training, the USSA and Timberline Lodge will mutually agree upon athlete appearances, autograph signings, and social media opportunities.
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area offers the longest ski season in North America. The winter season typically begins early to mid-November and continues through Memorial Day. The Palmer Express high-speed quad lift operates later into the summer season, usually June 1st through Labor Day.