Our third trip to Mt Hood, Oregon, took place in August.
When the end of August (and the wrap-up of Timberline's summer season) gets closer, the glacier starts to get quieter, as does the local village of Government Camp. The two big snowboard camps (Windells and High Cascade) shut up shop, and all the skateboard parks, down in the village, start to get dismantled.
The lift queues begin to get shorter, becoming virtually non-existent by the final week, and the race courses are no longer crammed quite so tightly together.
The downside? The snow starts to melt ever more rapidly, leaving a dwindling patch, high up at 8500 feet (2590m) on this dormant volcano, where race and mogul training can continue to take place. But even then, there is enough space for reasonably long courses; at least 35 gates of slalom or 20 gates of GS. And of course the use of salt ensures that the snow on those training courses remains firm, even when the overnight freeze fails to happen.
Once again, we were training with Paul Tollefson and Cascade Winter Sports Club - based in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Thanks again to Paul, and his coaches (Marcus Caston, Scott "Doogie" Houser, Lukas Matelich) for a really productive summer of on-snow training. And thanks to all the CWSC athletes who woke up ridiculously early to make the drive up from Portland all summer; I enjoyed working with you all!