Perfect conditions in July

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Our second visit to Oregon brought a noticeable contrast in conditions, compared to our previous week there in June. The nights were cool, helping the snow to freeze hard, and the days were sunny but not too hot. We were able to get on the lift around 7am each morning, and usually started training between 8 and 8.30.

Nevertheless, the snow did usually start to soften up by mid-morning, around 10.30 or 11. However, we were able use salt to harden up the courses, and keep training until 11.30 or 12.

Once again, we were training with Paul Tollefson and Cascade Winter Sports Club - based in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

As is usual in July, Mt Hood provided perfect training conditions, but the USA's only summer ski area was fairly busy. At times, the queues were as long as 15-20 minutes - understandable, as there were around 30 race training lanes in operation, as well as three terrain parks.

Hopefully for our next visit, in August, things will be a little quieter.