Monday, February 25, 2008

Skiing Mount Hood

Less than an hour in one direction from Portland, one reaches great hiking and waterfalls, less than two hours in another direction is the coast, and less than two hours in another direction still, one reaches fantastic mountain skiing.

We tried it out at the Timberline lodge on Mount Hood. The beautiful lodge was built by hand by unemployed craftspeople in 1936 as a Federal Works Progress Administration project. When we arrived, it was half-covered with snow. From the inside, we looked out windows covered with snow at a bluish-white haze. The skiing was very fun – with a lot of lower intermediate slopes, plenty of space (I was often skiing alone, with no one else around), and good powder. It made me miss my regular weekend ski trips in Kyrgyzstan.

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