Ski Descent of Mt Hood

Length:2 days
Price:1 skier $1,250
2 skiers $790 per person
3 skiers $710 per person
Dates:Custom dates are available in May and June
Location:Mount Hood

Often, the best way to climb Hood is also to ski Hood. We can work with you to find the best objective for you, but significant previous experience is required. Your day will begin early in order to catch the first chair. If, due to weather, the lifts aren’t running, it’s time to put on skins and head uphill. Either way, we’re aiming to bring our skis as close to the summit as we’re comfortable.

Our first day will start with our Introduction to Ski Mountaineering Clinic. We’ll take the lifts up and skin across to Illumination Saddle and cover our curriculum. This will include balance and footwork on steep snow, cramponing, snow anchor belays and rope systems as well as some steep skiing techniques that we can use on our climb and ski descent.

Summit Hood

On day 2,  we’ll use our rope-skills to belay steep sections, wear crampons on on our ski boots, and climb steep snow and alpine ice. After the summit, we’ll reverse any technical terrain to a location that’s suitable for transitioning into downhill skiing. This is what you came for: to ski hood. On the way down, your guide will sniff out the best snow conditions, and find the best skiing depending on weather, conditions and your goals.

Ski Hood

The descent is usually around 2,500 feet of wild snow, anywhere from mellow to steep, depending on the route selection between you and your guide. After that, we drop back into the groomed resort at 8,400 feet and ride corduroy another 2,400 feet back to the Timberline Lodge.

Get Started

Interested in a trip? Call us today to get started on your trip reservation. We will take the time to place you on the expedition that is a fit for you.

(541) 312-9242

When you call us you will speak to someone knowledgable about all or our trips and locations.

Ski Descent

Mount Hood

Skiing from the summit ridge of Mount Hood is a lifetime run right in our backyard. The Hogsback and Old Chute are two popular ski descents. Beyond those, dozens of other lines are viable runs for expert skiers, including Leuthold’s Couloir, the Wy’East, and even the Cooper Spur. Come explore the testpiece of Oregon ski mountaineering with us!

Style:Steep snow climbing combined with steep skiing
Skill Level:Difficult
Glacier Skiing

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Portland, OR

Skills Series

Next Steps

  • Ski circumnavigation of Mount Hood is an all-time classic ski mountaineering day for experts who are in peak condition
  • Broken Top has some of the steepest winter skiing in the state. Curious? Look at the alpine snow climbs – they’re also ski runs!
  • AIARE 1 and 2 programs are available every winter in Central Oregon and on Mount Hood

Know Before You Go

  • Most skiers join us for a day before a ski descent in a ski mountaineering clinic or a glacier skiing program to get to know their guide and the conditions
  • Participants should be expert skiers comfortable off-piste in variable conditions, and in steep terrain
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