Wy’East Nordic‘s annual Mt Hood Summer Telemark Ski Camp just wrapped up on Sunday. The weather held for three great days of freeheel skiing on Mt Hood’s Palmer Glacier.
Shelley Hakenson runs a great camp. This year marks the event’s 26th year, which should tell you something about its quality. Skiers come from all over the country to attend the clinic. This year’s long distance travel award went to Andre from Manhatten, NY. Instructors included, Nils Larsen from freeheels.com and Stuart Craig from Snow Performance. This year’s group of skiers and instructors made for a fun crew. Thanks to Jarl from Berg’s Ski Shop in Eugene setting up the waxing bench and offering his technical expertise on wax and binders – and for taking some good natured grief for his dedication to the NTN gear.
The skiing on the Palmer is in good shape with full skiability all the way to the lodge. Conditions were warm and soft by 2pm when the lifts close, but the upper elevations remained fast and fun all day long.
Thunderclouds threatened each afternoon, but never materialized. The alpine race camps are getting into full swing this time of year as are the park and pipe freestyle camps so there is plenty of action on the hill. If you are jonesin’ for a ski fix, a day on the Palmer is a unique experience – big wide-open terrain, fast and carvable snow – it is a hoot.