Mt. Hood already showing signs of a solid ski season

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Mt. Hood saw a foot of snowfall in some areas

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The calendar says fall, but on the flanks of Mt. Hood, it looks like ski season is already upon us.

Kohr Harlan visited with snowboarders at Timberline Lodge, where almost a foot of snow fell in some places in the chilly last days of September.

Among the first into the parking lot for the long haul up to the Palmer snowfield on Monday was Matthew Abraham and his wife, Tania Shaw. They saw snow coming over the weekend — dropped their kids at school and were off to the mountains, ready to roll.

“We’re going to skin up and hopefully snowboard down so the skins on the bottom of our skis will hopefully protect them and that way we can find the rocks and know where to ride on the way down,” said Matthew.

They’ll hike up what they believe to be a groomed trail up to the top of Palmer. The hope is to break out of near-zero visibility and climb into the blue sky they hope is up there.

“It can be just really, really beautiful,” said Tania.

As Tania and Matthew found out, along with others who are up at Timberline, that conditions out there look more like the middle of winter than they do early fall.

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