Mt Hood is Oregon’s most iconic peak. Standing at 11,245 feet, it towers above the surrounding landscape. Many skiers and climbers come from all over the world to challenge themselves on this beauty of a peak. The skiing opportunities paired with chairlift access to the alpine zone make this one of the best peaks in the United States for spring and summer ski mountaineering.
We start our trip on day 1 with our Ski Mountaineering Course. If the lifts are running, we’ll take the Palmer Lift up and tour on the upper mountain to a location where we can teach steep snow climbing skills in preparation for the ascent of Mt Hood. We’ll cover balance and footwork on steep snow, crampon skills, snow anchors and belaying. We’ll also work on some steep skiing techniques in preparation for the following day’s climb and ski descent.
On day 2, if the lifts are running, we’ll take the Palmer Lift up again to 8500 feet. Wrapping around to the east of Crater Rock, we’ll make a gradual ascent to the Hogsback. At this point, we will likely switch over from skis and climbing skins to boot crampons, in preparation for the final steep climb up the Old Chute to the summit ridge. Our guides will carefully evaluate snow conditions, and group skill to decide where we will ski from. Skiing the Old Chute is always our goal, but conditions will ultimately dictate where we leave our skis. Either way, we’ll get an incredibly long run back down to Timberline Lodge!
Previous ski touring experience is required. Previous mountaineering experience is not required.