Watching over the Oregon landscape from 11,250 feet, Mt. Hood has drawn skiers to its snow-clad slopes for more than a century. In 1937, on the snowfield above historic Timberline Lodge, the first Golden Rose Ski Classic was held, destined to become the world’s longest continually run ski race.
Timberline’s history of summer ski camps dates to 1956 when attendees hiked and rode snowcats to the snow. Soon national ski teams and academies from all over the U.S. and the world began training on the Palmer Snowfield. In 1978 Timberline became the first area in the U.S. with lift-serviced summer skiing. The Snowfield is now accessed by two high-speed quads, but the phenomenal view hasn’t changed.
The long tradition of top racers and coaches instructing aspiring skiers continues with the Ligety Weibrecht Ski Camp. Heading up the coaching staff are two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Overall World Cup Giant Slalom Champion Ted Ligety, and Olympic Super G Silver and Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht. The staff includes many current and former U.S. ski team members including Sochi Olympians Nolan Kasper – 13th in Slalom, Megan McJames – 30th Giant Slalom and U.S. National Champion; David Chodounsky – U.S. National Champion, and Peter Anderson - U.S. Ski Team Women’s Technical Coach, with Olympic Gold and Silver Medalists Phil and Steve Mahre.
Camp Director Miguel Azcarate oversees a program where participants hone their skills under close guidance from their coaches. Aimed at skiers of all ages and at least intermediate ability, recreational snowsliders and licensed competitors, NASTAR racers, collegiate and Masters racers, school teams and ski clubs all fit right in. Coaches are accessible, available and hands-on, even participating in some off-slope activities like world famous windsurfing and kite boarding in nearby Hood River, rafting the Deschutes River or visiting Willamette Valley wineries.
Camp prices are all-inclusive with shuttle from Portland Airport, lifts, coaching, video, activities, lodging with buffet-style meals at Huckleberry Inn and lodging at Collins Lake Resort or Timberline Lodge. Save and register for multiple sessions by May 1st. Come and see why Oregon is voted as one of the best family vacations in the country.