Mount Hood ski racer Alice Jacklet took first place in slalom and second place in giant slalom in the 75-79 year-old division at the 2017 NASTAR nationals in Colorado. So allow me to dispense with...
Not long after the first pioneers found their way to the Cascade Range, they started dreaming up ways to climb - and ski - Mount Hood. It's a rich tradition of ingenuity that continues to this day. This timeline should give you an appreciation for the rich history associated with Oregon's tallest mountain.
700,000 BC: Volcanic eruptions form the Cascade Range and the mountain called Wy’East by the Klickitat people.
1792 AD: Mount Hood is named after British Admiral Samuel Hood, who never set foot on the mountain.
1889: Cloud Cap Inn opens on the north side of Mount Hood.
1890: The Langille brothers ski the north face of Mount Hood to Cloud Cap Inn.
1894: 100 people climb Mount Hood together and form the alpine club Mazamas.
1899: Oliver Yocum builds the first hotel in Government Camp.
1903: Three Mazamas shred Hood wearing 10-foot wooden skis and carrying nine-foot balancing poles.
1905: Tourists visiting Portland for the Lewis and Clark Exhibit sign up for $5 guided tours to the peak of Mount Hood.
1914: First solo car trip up to Government Camp.
1915: Climbers build a fire lookout at the mountain’s peak.
1926: Plan to connect Cooper Spur to the summit with a cable tramway are rejected.
1926: State begins plowing Highway 26 regularly in winter.
1927: Snow clubs formed on Mount Hood.
1928: Summit opens as first ski resort on Mount Hood.
1928: The Mutorpor ski jumping hill is developed (the photo below from the Digital Public Library indicates the popularity of early jumping events).
1931: Andre Roch, Hjalmar Hvam and Arne Stene summit on skis.
1933: Fire lookout at the peak is torn down.
1935: Plan announced to build Timberline Lodge, a Works Progress Administration project, part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's economic recovery plan.
1936: Timberline foreman Ira Davidson invents the modern Snow Cat.
1937: FDR travels to Oregon for the dedication of Timberline Lodge.
1937: Russ McJury and Joe Leuthold (pictured below, photo courtesy of Daniel Becker) complete the first ascent of the Sandy Glacier Headwall.