August 2, 2008 – Palmer Glacier, Mt Hood

Mt Hood was calling our names for August turns, so Todd and I headed up and the conditions didn’t disappoint.  2008 has been an epic year- we even got some lift served riding at Willamette Pass in June!  The weather was iffy early in the morning, but by the time we loaded the first chairlift, I knew we would have a good day.  The clouds burned off and the sun came out to play.  We spun several laps on the Palmer chair before taking a break out on the White River snowfield for lunch.  By 11:00, most of the people had left the hill with the exception of the campers far below.

Todd enjoying August turns

Todd enjoying August turns

We kept making turns until shortly after the noon hour before heading down to the truck.

Enjoying August turns

Enjoying August turns

The ride down the Mile canyon was superb and fun as always.  We were able to ride to within a few hundred yards of the lodge, leaving only a short boot out to the parking lot.  Here’s a shot of the mountain in the afternoon sun from the parking lot.

Mt Hood's southside

Mt Hood’s southside

After loading our gear in the truck, we headed down to Govy to enjoy an Ice Axe IPA from Mt Hood Brewing Co. at the Ratskellar along with a tasty burger.  August in Oregon really is pretty sweet!  Here’s a parting shot of Todd enjoying a break up top from earlier in the day…

Hanging out up top

Hanging out up top

 

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