Skibowl, Timberline open, prepare for pandemic rush

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Mt. Hood Skibowl's tubing hill opened on Friday

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (KOIN) — The roads up to Mt. Hood will be busy in the coming weeks as ski and snowboarding season gets underway.

Timberline sold out of reservations for its ski slopes on Friday but reservations won’t be required starting Saturday. Instead, Timberline staff will limit the number of people based on how many cars can safely fit in the parking lot.

Parking lot availability will be first-come, first-served and Timberline Road will be closed once the lot is at capacity. Newcomers will be allowed in once other spaces open up. Guests should wait to get up to Timberline after 7 a.m. when roads are plowed, but before 9 a.m. before the road closes.

On Friday, families flocked to Mt. Hood Skibowl’s tubing hill to burn off some Thanksgiving calories. Tubing and cosmic tubing has officially opened, though the hill will be limited to 35% capacity to follow safety guidelines.

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“We are super excited to get this season off the ground,” said Mike Quinn, the vice president and general manager at Skibowl. “Right now we are open for tubing only. Today was our grand opening for tubing. We have six sessions, three during the day and three at cosmic. It will run at 10 o’clock tonight, again tomorrow and Sunday it will stop at 8.”

Quinn said tubers will be required to wear masks and maintain social distance. The ski slopes remain closed, for now.

“We are really, really close — we need about one good snow fall and we are open,” Quinn said. “As soon as we can get another 6 to 12 inches of snow we are ready to go.”

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