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Originally published October 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM | Page modified June 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM

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Oregon's Timberline Lodge first Northwest ski resort to open

Bad weather wipes out Friday's planned opening at Mount Hood's Timberline Lodge but resort is open for skiers and snowboarders as soon as weather permits.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Anyone looking to get a jump on the ski and snowboard season can head to Oregon.

The Timberline Lodge Resort at Mount Hood is the first area in the Northwest to begin operations.

Skiers and snowboarders will have access to the Palmer Snowfield on the Magic Mile and Palmer lifts.

The resort was supposed to open Friday, but a Timberline spokesman said it was closed due to weather and visibility, and operations are day-to-day. They hope to open Saturday, weather permitting.

Rains, high winds and poor visibility are a common occurrence at Timberline. It's wise for those planning to make the trip to call the hotline (503-222-2211), which is updated daily at 7:30 a.m. or visit the website at www.timberlinelodge.com.

The resort plans to have both lifts running Fridays to Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The terrain is designed for advanced intermediate level skiers and snowboarders, and no runs are available for beginners. Two boxes for jibbing are also open. Lift tickets are $58.

The Washington Ski Fever and Snowboard Show is Oct. 26-28 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Show hours are 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Cost is $12 adults, ages 6 to 12 is $3, and kids under age six are free. Details: www.skifever.org.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com

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