Welcome to Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum

dsc_6643The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum is housed in a beautiful structure in the heart of Government Camp. Located along the ruts of the historic Barlow Road, the building site offers a wonderful view of Mount Hood.  The museum consists of six galleries plus a rentable meeting/multipurpose room.

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Recent things

  • Trail Skiing on Mount Hood – A Long Standing Tradition

    TRAIL SKIING ON Mount HOOD A LONG STANDING TRADITION By Lloyd Musser Ask any Mt. Hood skier over the age of 25, to recall a memorabl skiing event on Mt. Hood and they likely will recall fond memories of skiing the Glade Trail. Should the skier be older that 50,…

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  • A Short History of Timberline Lodge

    By Lloyd Musser As early as the 1880’s people were thinking about building LODGES on Mount Hood. In 1889, Wm. Ladd and CES Wood built Cloud Cap Inn. Visitor had to travel by railroad to Hood River, and then take a stage coach, via a toll road to reach this…

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  • Mount Hood Skiing History and the Mt. Hood Museum

    1890 Langille brothers skied on the north side of Mount Hood to check on the Cloud Cap Lodge. 1903, the Mazamas a Portland mountain climbing club tested 10’ long ski near Government Camp and found skiing a good comparison to flying. 1904 Portlanders form the Snowshoe Club, they would use…

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  • Our Mountain, Mount Hood

    By Lloyd Musser Is that Mount Hood? How tall is it? Is it going to erupt? These are the questions most often asked by visitors to the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum. The first two questions are rather easy to answer if one does not deviate from the standard…

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Mt. Hood SKI HISTORY TIMELINE

1850

Sondre Nordheim of Telemark, Norway discovers birch tree roots can be used as heel bindings, allowing skiers to jump and turn for the first time.

1870

Sondre Nordheim designs first sidecut ski, the “TELEMARK SKI”, a narrow-waisted ski that facilitates turning in soft snow.

1882

Norske Ski Club, Berlin, New Hampshire formed first ski club in America. It is still active today.

1894

Mazamas mountaineering club founded no Mt. Hood.

1900

Mazamas take first Norwegian snowshoe (skis) trip to Mt. Hood. This event sparked the start of Mt. Hood skiing.

1925

Mt. Hood Loop Highway completed after 5 years of planning and 5 years of construction work.

1925

Hood River Ski Club holds cross country ski race from Cloud Cap to Kirby ranch. Race was won by Mark Weygandt, a local mountain guide.

1926

Oregon Highway Department begins to keep the road to Government Camp open in the winter.

1926

First modern downhill race in the U.S. held at Mt. Moosilauke, New Hampshire.

First ski shop in U.S. opened in Boston, by Oscar Hambro of Norway.

1927

Mt. Hood Ski Club formed. This club sponsored ski jumping tournaments at Swim, located on the south side of Multorpor Mountain.

1927

Summit Ski Area built and operated by Advertising Club of Portland; opened with large formal ceremonies on December 11, 1927.

Cascade Ski Club organized; built Multorpor Ski Jump Hill.

1930

Rudolph Lettner from Salburg, Austria invents the steel ski edge.

1934

The first rope tow installed at Gilbert’s Hill, Woodstock, Vermont. Tow rope was attached to rear wheel of a Model T Ford .

1934

Dr. Otto George opens First Aid room in Ski Pole Ski Shop in Government Camp.

Rope tows installed at Summit and Ski Bowl ski areas.

1936

Sun Valley opens the world’s first chairlift, copied from banana lifts used in Central America to load fruit on cargo ships.

1937

Timberline Lodge opens.

1938

North Slope Ski Club builds first ski tow at Cooper Spur. The tow was 150 feet long and had a 50 foot rise.

1938

First U.S. ski patrols established including Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, Stowe Ski Patrol and the National Ski Patrol.

1938

Ariel Edmiston, under the supervision of Otto Lange, starts Timberline Ski School.

1939

Magic Mile chairlift built at Timberline Lodge, as longest chairlift in the world (4950’).

1939

Hjalmar Hvam, a Mt. Hood champion skier, invents the world’s first useful release safety ski binding.

1942

Schnee Voegli Ski Club started by a group of Portland high school boys as a men-only club.

1946

Lower bowl chairlift installed at Skibowl Ski Area with wooden towers.

1948

Portland Junior Chamber of Commerce starts free ski school in effort to reduce ski accidents.

1949

Gary Gast begins Mount Hood Ski School at Ski Bowl.

1949

Howard Head markets the first commercially successful metal ski.

1951

Skiway aerial tram from Government Camp to Timberline Lodge opens.

1953

Skiway aerial tram closes.

1954

Ribblet double chairlift installed in upper bowl at Skibowl Ski Area.

1954

Ski Bowl Ski School established.

1955

Henke Speed Fit buckle boots appear.

1955

Skiyente Ski Club, organized as women’s ski club to actively promote skiing.

1956

Timberline holds first Summer Racing School.

1957

The first useful aluminum ski poles made by Scott.

1960

The first useful aluminum ski poles made by Scott.

1961

Lee Perry organizes first American, Amputee Ski School with Portland Jaycees.

1964

Multorpor Inc. purchases Ski Bowl Ski Area, one ticket can now be used to ski both Multorpor and Ski Bowl Ski Areas.

1964

Lange plastic ski boot commercially available.

1964

The ninth winter Olympic games held in Innsbruck, Austria. Oregonian Jean Saubert ties for second in giant slalom, and places third in slalom. Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga become the first American men to win Olympic medals for skiing, being second and third, respectively, in the slalom.

1967

Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area opens.

1967

Snowboarding begins with Jake Burton testing his Snurfer.

1968

Mike Devecka, competed in the nordic combined events in the 1968 Grenoble, France, Winter Olympics.

1979

Timberline Lodge installs Palmer Chairlift, summer racing camps grow in popularity.

1984

Bill Johnson, Cascade Ski Club, wins gold in downhill to become America’s first Olympic downhill champion.

1985

Mt. Hood Academy combines high school academics and serious ski racing.

1987

Cascade Prime Timers Ski Club founded for skiers age 50 and over.

1990

High Cascade Snowboard Camp builds Mt. Hood’s first summer halfpipe.

1997

Palmer Express a quad chairlift, replaces the double chairlift on Palmer Snowfield at Timberline Lodge.

2001

Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum opens.