PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) –Skiers and snowboarders get ready — Timberline is reopening Friday!
However, you can expect it to be much different than it was before it closed in March. Full operations at Timberline are still a long way away, but for the limited number of people who had reservations to stay at the lodge or ski — it was a beautiful way to spend a Friday morining.
The lucky few were excited enough that they were in the Timberline parking lot a full hour before the lifts were scheduled to open. The clouds shrouding Mt. Hood’s summit parted just in time for sunshine to pour down on the limited number of skiers back for the first day of reopening.
“I mean its just great to be back on the mountain — get outside and do something we love,” one skier said.
As part of the restart, Timberline is making skiing available only to a very small number who are able to register online for a ticket. Each day, registration is open for the next day. Many people like Malia Martinez were at their computer yesterday waiting for ski tickets to come online and got lucky.
“We woke up and were antsy to get up here as soon as we could,” said skier Malia Martinez. “We got a pass and we were doing the same thing as everybody else — refreshing, refreshing and as soon as we got in, we got up here as quick as we could.”
Without a reservation to ski or a reservation for a limited number of available rooms in the lodge — people will not be allowed access and will be turned away at a checkpoint on the road up to the lodge.
While some activity is resuming — it is still too early for people to randomly come here just to wander and absorb some of the rich history of the lodge.
“People actually aren’t permitted in the hotel unless they have a reservation, so we’re just going to ask people to pause,” said Timberline Marketing Director John Burton, “We certainly appreciate the historical value — it is at our core, it’s what we do — but its just not the right time.”
The day lodge remains closed while takeout food from the limited number of food venues that have reopened is available. People are asked to relax in their cars after skiing instead of decompressing in the lodge.
But, for the lucky few who are able to get reservations on Friday will enjoy no lift lines, a little sunshine and long awaited day on the mountain.