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For the fourth consecutive summer, Mt. Hood Meadows lift crews are constructing a new lift. The Heather Chairlift will provide convenient uplifting from Heather Canyon, which offers the ultimate advanced and expert skiing in the Northwest.
Heather is well known for offering the most exhilarating and enjoyable steep pitches into snow which varies from primo powder to spectacular corn snow, depending on what part of the season it is. The problem with the canyon has always been the flat skate and pole out at the bottom. The new chairlift will uplift skiers and snowboarders from where the flats begin, to the top of the Hood River Express high speed quad. From there, skiers are just a Shooting Star chairlift ride from Lower Heather, or two high speed rides (Mt. Hood and Cascade Express high speed quads) from the black diamond trails of Upper Heather.
Meadows will also be able to groom in Heather Canyon, thanks to advanced snowcat technology acquired last season. Lower Heather Canyon was winch-cat (a snowcat with a winch which "yo-yos" itself up and down steep runs) groomed last spring, and plans are to groom it again this season, allowing upper level intermediates to enjoy the canyon. Meadows will also add three new snowcats to its grooming fleet next season, to continue to offer skiers and snowboarders the best surface conditions available in the Northwest.
The Great Wide Open
Beginning at the southern end of Clackamas County, wander through the Table Rock Wilderness over toward the Mt. Hood National Forest, which is a whopping one million acres. This southern region of the Mt. Hood Territory could occupy even the most spirited traveler for days. Clear alpine lakes dot the region, where the fishing is good and the living is easy. The Clackamas River nuzzles down through the center of the Territory and the Oak Grove Fork branches off and runs into Timothy Lake at the eastern edge of the Territory.
Campgrounds, as remote as you want them to be, are nestled along the Clackamas River and the Oak Grove Fork. Here’s where the kayakers, the canoers, the water craft paddlers get their kicks. This is where the fish rise often and the nights are dreamy and silent. They ought to be - you’re miles from the clatter and din of cities or towns.
On the northern end of the Territory, take Highway 26 east from the Portland area. Explore quaint towns like Sandy, Wemme, Zigzag. Stop in at the Mt. Hood Visitor Information Center just after you pass through Sandy and talk with area experts or pick up as much information about the area as you can carry.
Find unique and cozy places to stay like The Resort at The Mountain, Timberline Lodge and many bed and breakfasts. Access the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness and spend a few days camping and hiking the trails that will give you staggering views. And lastly, winding your way along Highway 26 East, there’s spectacular Mt. Hood. It reaches to a height of 11,245 feet. Sledding on shallow hills, cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow camping are all allowed. Timberline has the distinction of having the longest snow season in North America. It’s open for skiing 12 months of the year.