Timberline Lodge

The Longest ski Season and most vertical terrain in the US

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Timberline Lodge is a treasure to not only Oregon but to the entire Pacific Northwest. The lodge itself is not only a beautiful and historic building, but a testament of resilience and an amazing show of craftsmanship.  Of course it is widely known as the “Overlook Hotel” from the Shining but it is also a world famous ski destination. If you are interested in staying in the hotel, I absolutely would. It is the only ski in, ski out hotel in Oregon and has several fantastic bars and restaurants. Winter or Summer, you can not beat the atmosphere or views from the Lodge. Stay on this page for all the links and resources for Timberline as well as personal ski recommendations you do not want to miss!


Lets Talk about Winter

Timberline is known for two things: The longest Ski Season in the US and the Most Vertical Feet. Lets start with the Ski Season, You can expect Timberline to start in Mid November-ish and go until Late August to Early September. Thats right! The downtime between seasons is quite short. Can you imagine snowboarding in a T-shirt in July? Here it is the norm.

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The Lifts and Runs at Timberline Lodge

Take a look at the first image of the mountain and you’ll see all the black runs at the top. The lift that services these runs is called Palmer, and it typically runs from late April through the summer. You’ll likely never see it run in the winter. However, at the base of these black runs is the lift called Magic Mile, where on nice days, they will run a snow cat to the top of Palmer for free. Sometimes you can even smell the volcanic gases from up there (yes, this is a volcano!).

Mostly every day you will see the bottom three lifts to the right run (Pucci, Jeff Flood, and Molly’s). On busy days, Molly’s has the smallest crowd and ensures quick lift times. To the left of these three is the Stormin Norman lift, which features most of the parks beneath it. You can’t go wrong on any lift here – the terrain is all about the same and is mostly a mild blue that has good flow. Snowboarders need not worry about getting stuck unless on a green. Green runs here are more like cat tracks.

Off of Norman to skiers right is the Bonezone, which is the most fun run in our opinion. It’s like a natural riverbed but pseudo half-pipe at the same time. You’ll love it!

Skiing in the Summer

For summer skiing, you’ll be riding the Magic Mile lift to Palmer lift and back to the Mile. As summer goes on, the get-back becomes shorter and you may have to hike back to the Mile. Regardless, it is an amazing experience you will never forget.

Summit Ski Area

On the left of the first image is a blue run that goes off the map (to page 2). This run takes you all the way to Summit Ski Area, which is basically a learning hill. It has 1 lift that has perfect terrain for learning with gentle hills and kind instructors. If you’re staying in Government Camp, you can ride all the way from Timberline into town. A shuttle laps the Summit parking lot over and over and takes you back to the main lodge at Timberline.


Tubing isn’t offered at Timberline Lodge and Sledding is also forbidden within boundary. 
For Tubing, we would recommend going to Timberline’s Summit Pass in Government Pass or Ski Bowl East for Tubing with a conveyor and great Cosmic Tubing

Tips for Your Ski Trip to Timberline Lodge

  • Dress in layers: The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains, so be sure to dress in layers that can be easily removed or added as needed.
  • Book in advance: Timberline Lodge is a popular destination, so be sure to book your accommodations, lift tickets, and activities in advance.
  • Take a lesson: If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, taking a lesson can help you improve your skills and enjoy the mountain safely.
  • Try different lifts: All the lifts at Timberline Lodge offer great terrain, so don’t be afraid to explore and try different runs.
  • Bring sunscreen: Even on cloudy days, the sun can be intense at high elevations, so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and apply it frequently.

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Summer Activities

Summer is a great time to be at Timberline Lodge. Not only can you ski or snowboard during most of the summer, but there are also a variety of other activities available to guests. From mountain biking to hiking, Timberline Lodge offers something for everyone who loves the great outdoors. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top summer activities at Timberline Lodge.

Skiing and Snowboarding

As mentioned before, skiing and snowboarding are possible at Timberline Lodge in the summer, thanks to the Palmer Snowfield. The snowfield is located at the top of the Magic Mile lift and is open from June through September, offering a unique and thrilling summer skiing experience.

Mountain Biking

Timberline Lodge also has a fantastic mountain bike park, with trails that cater to all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, you’ll find trails that suit your style and ability. The bike park is located at the base of Timberline Lodge and offers stunning views of Mt. Hood and the surrounding forest.

Hiking and Climbing

Mt. Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world, and Timberline Lodge is the perfect starting point for your climb. The lodge is also the starting point for the famous Timberline Trail, a 41-mile trail that circumnavigates Mt. Hood and offers stunning views of Oregon and Washington. You may need a permit for the multiday hike, climbing, or just National Forest Use in general, check in advance

Timberline has an amazing bike park that takes you through a gorgeous alpine forest.  Check out the video below!

Tips for Your Summer Adventure at Timberline Lodge

  • Be prepared for altitude: Timberline Lodge is located at a high elevation, so be sure to drink plenty of water and take it easy if you’re not used to the altitude.
  • Book in advance: Summer is a popular time to visit Timberline Lodge, so be sure to book your accommodations and activities in advance.
  • Take advantage of the bike park: The mountain bike park at Timberline Lodge is a must-do activity for any biking enthusiast.
  • Hike or climb with a guide: If you’re interested in hiking or climbing, consider hiring a guide to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
  • Bring a Camera. The views are amazing.

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