Great downhill. Awesome natural snow so far in 2010.
My first skiing trip this year (2010-2011) was to Timberline the weekend of December 17-19. What a difference from previous Decembers! Last year, there was only 1 trail (plus the bunny) open. This year, half of the trails were open by the end of the weekend. The abnormal cold spell allowed them to make a lot of snow and open early this year. And, they had already gotten about 50" of snow at the summit. The trails and conditions were awesome. The best skiing I've ever had. No ice until late on Saturday, and then only a little. It's wonderful when ti doesn't get above freezing for a couple of weeks and the snow can't melt and refreeze. The downhill terrain here is superb. White Lightning is a WIDE, steep black diamond right down the middle of the resort. My favorite trail. Did some glade skiing near the top. The staff was particularly nice this year. Simple, "country" folks but friendlier than in year's past (some different people). No annoying snowmakers blowing on us while going up the lifts. Best skiing experience ever.