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1960 - Kneissel markets first fiberglass skis.
1961 - Lee Perry organizes first American
Amputee Ski School with Portland Jaycees.
1964 - Multorpor Inc. purchases Ski Bowl Ski
Area, one ticket can now be used to ski both
Multorpor and Ski Bowl Ski Areas.
1964 - Lange plastic ski boot commercially
available.
Aerial photo of the south side of Mt. Hood is illuminated by the rising sun. The Timberline Ski Area
trails are in lower middle of the picture, and Mt. Hood Meadows is visible on the right side of the
mountain. Those are the two largest of a total of five ski areas around Mt. Hood. The summer ski
training camps are held on the Palmer Snowfield, located about 2,500 vertical feet almost directly
above Timberline lodge, in the sunny area almost in the center of the photo. photo by Nathan Campbell
(21+). Each organization schedules 3 -10 camps throughout the summer. Camps usually last between 5
-10 days. Typically 6 or 7 days. But, there are also longer programs. Some well to do families can send
their kids here for several weeks at a time.
Most camps focus on ski racing, slalom and giant slalom. There are also freestyle camps, focusing
on terrain parks, half-pipes, and aerials. Snowboarding camps started in 1986. Windells Camps and High
Cascade Camps were among the first to organize snowboarding summer instruction and training. Camp
programs vary from one group to another, but it typically involves on-snow training in the morning and
dryland activities in the afternoon. During most of the summer months, lifts operate from 7 am to 1 pm,
offering plenty of time for off-snow activities in the afternoon.
With the growing popularity of snow sports, the main issue now is providing enough parking for all
the visitors. Parking lots fill up quickly in the morning. The road from Government Camp to Timberline
is actually closed on popular weekends when the parking lots fill up, and cars are allowed to proceed up
only when someone leaves the ski area.
There are future plans to provide more parking in Government Camp and/or at Mt. Hood Skibowl,
and to connect either Government Camp or Skibowl with Timberline Lodge via a gondola or tram. n
The Northwest Ski Club Council joined the Far West Ski Association
in 1993. States within NWSCC include Oregon, Washington,
Alaska and Hawaii.
About the Author:
Over the last decade, Emilio Trampuz has researched the history of the Oregon Trail around Mt. Hood and has
guided bicycle history tours along the original wagon trail now known as Barlow Road, visiting several historic sites along
the way. For his work on preserving the history of Mt. Hood, he received the FWSA Western Ski Heritage Award in 2014.
Concurrently, Emilio has been concerned about skiers getting lost in the country west of Timberline. He determined
how far it is safe to go and still be able to return to the ski area or at least to Government Camp three miles below the ski
area. He received permission from the Forest Service to mark the safety boundary with signs posted on trees. He also
leads guided ski tours to show skiers where the boundary is located, to raise awareness both of the danger of getting lost
and the existence of the safety signs. For this work,
Emilio received the FWSA Safety Person of the
Year Award in 2017.
Trampuz is a member of the Mountain High
Snowsport Club in Portland, Oregon. He skis Mt.
Hood in the winter and hikes and rides his bicycle
in the summer. He has been a ski host and ski
instructor at the Timberline Ski Area.
This map shows the location of the five
alpine ski areas around Mt. Hood. Mt.
Hood Skibowl is shown with 2 markers
indicating the original 2 ski areas: Skibowl
and Multorpor Mt. The two merged into
one ski area in 1964, and today the two
halves are called Skibowl East and
Skibowl West.
Map prepared by Emilio Trampuz based on a Google map.
1967 - Snowboarding begins with Jake
Burton testing his Snurfer.
1968 - Mike Devecka, competed in the
nordic combined events in the 1968
Grenoble, France, Winter Olympics.
1979 - Timberline Lodge installs Palmer
Chairlift, summer racing camps grow in
popularity.
1985 - Mt. Hood Academy combines high school
academics and serious ski racing.
1984 - Bill Johnson, Cascade Ski Club, wins gold
in downhill to become America's first Olympic
downhill champion.
1987 - Cascade Prime Timers Ski Club founded
for skiers age 50 and over.
1990 - High Cascade Snowboard Camp builds
Mt. Hood's first summer halfpipe.
1997 - Palmer Express, a quad chairlift,
replaces the double chairlift on Palmer Snowfield
at Timberline Lodge.
2001 - Mt. Hood Cultural Center and
Museum opens.
The historical photos in this section have come from several sources,
including the Mt. Hood Museum in Govermnment Camp, the book
entitled " Mt. Hood: A Complete History " by Jack Grauer, published
in 1975, and, various skiers who have sent old pictures to Emilio
Trampuz. The more recent pictures are provided by Emilio Trampuz.
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1964 - The ninth winter Olympic games held in
Innsbruck, Austria. Oregonian, Jean Saubert, ties
for second in giant slalom, and places third in
slalom. Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga become
the first American men to win Olympic medals
for skiing, being second and third, respectively,
in the slalom.
1967 - Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area opens.

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