Mt Hood Descents - 11,240' / 3426m
Standing high above the Columbia River, the highest peak in Oregon offers a fantastic introduction to ski mountaineering. Reaching the summit requires all the tools - ski crampons, boot crampons, ice axe, and rope.
More technical ski descents are also possible - contact me for details.
I typically alpine and ski guide Mt Hood - and rock guide at Smith Rock - in May. I'm able to offer these trips in cooperation with Timberline Mountain Guides.
Mt Hood Ski Descents
With lodging at the historic Timberline Lodge or a little bit lower in Government Camp, this 1.5-day trip is a fantastic introduction to ski mountaineering. After a mid-morning meeting at Timberline Lodge, we'll head out for a short tour to practice wearing crampons, climbing steep snow, and self-arresting - all necessary skills for the final summit slope. In the morning we'll usually catch first chair (typically around 7:30am) to the top of the ski area, to give the snow a chance to soften up for our descent. Maximum 3:1 ratio.
Its also possible to make this a bivouac trip with a light camp. Contact me for details.
Photos: A dramatic look at Mt Hood in the summer, by Zach Dischner. Sunset from an overnight trip at Illumination Saddle. Incredible turns down the Zig-Zag Glacier. Splitboarders are invited too! - descending after an overnight trip.