SUMMER WINE AND SKI CAMP AT MT HOOD, OREGON (JULY 2019)
Several members of the club attended the summer ski camp at Mt. Hood. It is great to get a few days of skiing in mid-July. There are several race camps at Mt. Hood, so there are plenty of very good skiers on the mountain. In the morning, it is cold on the mountain, but in the afternoon the snow gets too soft for good skiing. So we spend time after lunch on warm weather activities. It is a great week of skiing and non-skiing activities.
The Oregon wine industry has continued to mature. The Oregon wines are pretty good and generally less expensive than comparable California wines. In the past few years we have gone to Hood River, Oregon for wine tasting. The town of Hood River is (surprisingly) on the Hood River, where it flows into the Columbia River. Hood River is a fun little town - there is wind surfing, kayaking and kite boarding on the Columbia River. Hood River is just touristy enough to have some very good restaurants and several tasting rooms. However, this year instead of wine tasting in town, we toured one of the vineyards on the north side of Mt. Hood.
Many of us attend every year, in part to see our summer camp friends. They have also become people we ski with in the winter. Summer skiing at Mt. Hood is great instruction, a week on skis in the summer, warm weather, white-water rafting, go-cart racing, spending some of our calorie budget on huckleberry milkshakes, wine tasting and being with ski friends who understand about skiing.
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