Ski With Olympians in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory This Summer

  • Written by Annie Bailey Austin

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory has been named Official Training Site for the US Ski Team, US Snowboarding and US Freeskiing. Olympic athletes across 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 on Mt. Hood.

The 2017 summer training season is especially important, since the 2018 Winter Olympics, taking place in PeongChang, South Korea, are only a year away. 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 Earth. 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.

Timberline Lodge & Ski Area boasts the longest ski season in North America with skiing all 12 months and daily skiing typically available Thanksgiving Weekend through Labor Day. (Trivia tip: Mt. Hood Territory is also home to the largest night ski terrain in the country at Mt. Hood Skibowl.)

Mt. Hood Territory not only offers the best summer skiing and endless outdoor recreation from whitewater rafting on class III and IV rapids to biking a volcano. It is also part of Oregon Wine Country, Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Wine Region of the Year worldwide and famous for Pinots. Experience The Territory's wine scene along its Farm Loops, complete with plenty of u-pick farms, lavender and dahlia fields, friendly alpacas and even an on-farm cooking school.

While there, you may also explore the last leg of the Oregon Trail, the Barlow Road, all the way to the official end of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City where you'll even find the 2nd largest waterfall by volume in the U.S. after Niagara, Willamette Falls. Don't miss unique historical sites and nearby shopping and dining gems along the way by downloading the brand new Mt. Hood Territory Heritage Trail app.

From cozy cabins and luxury vacation rentals to historic lodges and hotels with a view, your perfect place to recharge after each day's adventure in Mt. Hood Territory awaits.

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