Summer action already underway on Mount Hood

This is the earliest SkiBowl has ever opened up their summer activities

Mount Hood on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 (KOIN)
Mount Hood on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 (KOIN)

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — Holiday traffic along Highway 26 slowed to a crawl Monday afternoon in one sign of how busy it was on Mount Hood this weekend. After a challenging winter, all the businesses in the area hope it’s a sign of good things to come.

This is the earliest SkiBowl has ever opened up their summer activities, and after this winter, personnel are depending on them.

SkiBowl onely ran their lifts for skiing and snowboarding 11 days this winter.

Higher up the mountain at Timberline, skiing is still going on, but they’ve dealt with less snow than normal all year.

“Timberline’s summer skiing is world famous,” said Jon Tullis. “Really, there was some good skiing to be had just not as much snow as normal and not as many regular fresh snowfalls.”

Their summer ski season begins Tuesday but they are extending their winter passes an additional two weeks as a “Thank You” to their customers.

This weekend they saw as many tourists, hikers and photographers as they did skiers and snowboarders – another good sign for the summer season.

“The tourism numbers are really on the rise here in Oregon and Timberline is one of the most heavily visited tourist attractions,” Tullis said. “We’re starting to see that earlier this year than normal.”

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