Timberline is the only ski area in U.S. open ten months of the year. We have 4,540 vertical feet, more than anybody else in the United States. We’re located near the top of an 11,245-foot volcano, Mt. Hood, the tallest mountain in Oregon.
Timberline offers the longest ski season in North America. Historically, the winter season begins early to mid-November and continues through the end of May.
The Palmer Express high-speed quad operates in the Spring and Summer seasons only. Palmer allows us to operate later into the summer season than anyone else, usually June 1st through beginning of September (snow dependent).
Operating hours are snow and weather dependent. Please check the CONDITIONS page for daily operating hours.
With the addition of Summit Pass to our permit area in July 2021, Timberline has the most inbounds vertical in the United States - 4,540 feet.
While this entire vertical is not yet lift-serviced, it is accessible via other transportation methods and available when there is enough snow at all elevations. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders with a lift ticket or season pass can take the Timberline Resort Shuttle from Summit Pass in Government Camp up to Timberline. At Timberline, catch the Magic Mile Chair Lift up to the Palmer Snowcat access point to be taken to the top of Palmer. Enjoy the ride down to the Alpine Trail or West Leg Road, which ends at the bottom of Summit Pass.
Mt. Hood’s elevation is 11,245 feet. Timberline Lodge is located at 6,000 feet. Silcox Hut is at 7,000 feet. The highest operation point is the top of Palmer at 8,540 feet. The lowest operation point is the bottom of Summit Pass at 4,000 feet.
Timberline maintains multiple terrain parks throughout the year. Timberline was a freestyle leader from the start; Palmer Snowfield was a testing ground for many of the types of features now seen in freestyle terrain parks around the globe.
Our Schoolyard Park is a cookie cutter beginner park. It's tucked away from the crowds and very spread out to encourage hiking the rails and learning tricks. It has been slightly expanded to include some terrain based learning a few rollers, banks, and terrain variations kept on the trail right next to the Schoolyard Park.
Thunder Park is built with 8-10 rails plus two jumps in the lower section. Thunder's jumps are in a new location, which allows some room to put rail features next to them. Conway's and Blossom Parks feature jump lines. Blossom's three jumps are a progression from small jumps to Conway's larger jumps.
As the winter season transitions to spring, Timberline's terrain parks crew works at collecting as much snow possible to ramp up the existing parks and add a couple more. Our Paintbrush Flow Park, reminiscent of a concrete skate park, is full of transitional snow features. Spraypaint jump line also debuts in the spring, featuring our largest jumps on hill. The upper jump links with the lower jump utilizing a high speed snow feature.
During the summer months, our freestyle terrain parks move up the mountain to follow the snowpack. In the early to mid summer, we build a park in what’s known as the Mile Canyon that is accessible via our Magic Mile Chairlift. Later in the summer, we move again up to the Palmer snowfield to open the Freestyle Training Center (for more info on the FTC, keep scrolling). Please observe all posted signage, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask a member of our staff.
Freestyle Terrain may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, halfpipes, quarterpipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features. PRIOR to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air. Stay educated on all safety information and spread the knowledge.
The Timberline Freestyle Training Center will be open June 19 - July 22, 2023, Mondays through Saturdays (closed Sundays to rebuild). Located in the legendary Palmer park zone, the FTC is geared to freestyle progression with carefully designed and maintained features and terrain and handle tow service. Individuals, teams, coaches and camps will have access to the Timberline Freestyle Training Center.
Timberline’s FTC Lift Ticket is $124, and includes access to all public ski and snowboarding areas. Participants must sign release at time of purchase.