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stephensteach

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I am planning to ski up and down Mt Hood June 1st or 2nd. I was wondering if the lifts are still running to save a couple thousand feet of elevation gain at that time. If so, is it worth waiting until they open (9am?) or better to do an alpine start.

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Exact time they open varies, but that time of year it is usually from 7:30 to 8:30 AM. An alpine start from the parking lot will get you way past 8,000 ft. (top of Palmer lift) by 7:30. Keep in mind, though, that the snow may not soften enough up high to making skiing enjoyable until much later.

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I called the resort and they will open the lifts at 7 or 8am. Is the rock/ice fall too dangerous if we start skinning/climbing from the top of the lifts at 7:30 or 8:30am?

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