We left Welches at 5 AM, Govy at 6 AM and up the Timberline road. The weather teased us at mile marker 3 & we caught a brief glimpse of the sun to the east and no sooner did we make the turn to the west and it was snowing; progressively harder as we approached the parking lot.
The Mile was on a delayed start, Palmer on stand-by and the weather radar kept showing precipitation coming in from the west. Chris Acosta headed up the Mile lift at 7 AM and took 2 loops down to check the snow conditions.
Chris indicated that visibility was extremely limited and the snow varied from ice to windblown. The racers were given the option to ski or head down and Annie, Gretchen, Lauren, Libby, Nellie & Rosie headed out with coach Maisie Ide; while the rest of us headed down.
Many of the campers headed down to the Lloyd Center in Portaland while we reclaimed the 30 pair of SL skis that were out for testing and made arrangements to pick up the 25 pair of GS skis that we had taken requests for tomorrow.
After our work was done we broke down our shop and packed the truck as we head home after tomorrow's training. After 16 years I always have mixed emotions as this signifies the end of another summer at Mt. Hood but at the same time it will be good to get home.