Fresh snow sprinkled over the flanks of Mt. Hood this week. But Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge already launched its fall schedule for skiing and riding, thanks to the year-round Palmer Snowfield.

Fall skiing and snowboarding on the Palmer Snowfield already started on weekends. Vans supplied access while the Magic Mile chairlift was undergoing upgrades. With those upgrades now complete, both the Magic Mile and Palmer lifts are scheduled to operate starting Oct. 19, 2012.

The Magic Mile and Palmer lifts are scheduled to run Fridays through Sundays until enough snow falls to launch the daily winter schedule. For now, skiers and snowboarders upload and download on the Magic Mile in order to ski the Palmer Snowfield.

The terrain is for those with at least advanced intermediate skills. Two boxes for jibbers are available, too. No easy runs are available for beginners.

During the fall schedule, the lifts operate only when conditions permit. Rains, high winds and lack of visibility can close the lifts, so it’s a good idea to check the snow report and call prior to driving up to Timberline. The lifts are scheduled to operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $58 for all ages. Season passes—the Mt. Hood Fusion Pass and Timberline Passes—are valid for fall skiing and riding.

Find the current conditions here or call 503-222-2211.