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Established in 1978. A lot has happened in 40+ years. This History page is a work in progress as we try to put dates to significant historal events that have taken place in 4+ decades. If you have camp photos from the 80's, we'd love to see them!

1792 AD: Mount Hood is named after British Admiral Samuel Hood, who never set foot on the mountain.

1978 - Palmer Chairliftt opens (named after Joel Palmer, an Oregon pioneer), launching the summer training industry on Mt Hood. In October of 1978, Mike Annett drove across the country from New York with 4 ski racers to do some downhill race training on this new Palmer Chairlift. A handful of other east-coast racers met up with the group at the Portland airport. While the U.S. women's ski team were training downhill on the Palmer Snowfield, Mike had his group doing the same out on the Zig Zag Glacier on the west side of the chairlift. They trained for a week, then road tripped home. Mike realized the potential of summer skiing and made the decision to start offering camps begining that next summer.

old palmer chairlift

1979 - Eastern Downhill Camps was the original name of the camp. The camp was for alpine downhill training only in the beginning. There were four 2-week long sessions offered that first year. And a total of only 23 kids. We did our lodging at Snow Bunny Lodge, which has a history of it's own. The two summer chairlifts (Magic Mile and Palmer) were double fixed grip chairlifts in those early years.

snowbunny lodge Kristine

snowbunny lodge 1983

1981 - GS and Slalom were added to the menu.

1984 - The camp was re-named Mt Hood Summer Ski Camps.

1985 camp group photo


Early 80's Alpine Coaches

1985 -12 year old Daron Rahlves came to camp. He retired from World Cup racing at the end of the 2006 season with 12 World Cup victories and a World Championship Gold Medal in 2001 in Super-G.
Daron Rahlves age 12

1986 - The blue bus was purchased by camp director Mike at a government surplus auction in Auburn, Washington for $1,500. Everybody seems to have a story to share about the infamous camp blue bus. It stayed in our fleet of camp vehicles for 16 years.

1987-The camp t-shirt! *Worn here by mid-80's camp counselor and videographer, Steve Heuer. The camper that the image was made of on the back of this tee was none other than famous opera singer Ivan Gancedo; from Argentina.

1988 - Snowboarding became an afternoon activity. The lifts were closed in the late afternoons, so we'd take a group of ski race campers back to the ski area, hike up the mountain from the parking lot and try their hand at snowboarding. Burton donated a half dozen state-of-the-art boards to our camp as we became the test group. There were no snowboard camps on Mt Hood back then. It was roughly 80% ski racers, 15% freestyle/mogul skiers and 5% public skiers roaming the glacier.

1988 coaches

1990 - Bumps, Jumps & Moguls was added to our camp menu. Mogul skiing became a medal event at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and the demand for mogul training quickly grew. Our most noteworthy mogul coach alumni from those early years was 4-time Olympian Minna Karhu from Finland, pictured below.

Minna Karhu

A look back at some of our old-school camp brochures. *BEFORE INTERNET!

old brochures


1992 - Camp headquarters was moved to Summit Ski Area lodge.

Summit Ski Lodge

1992 - The Magic Mile chairlift was upgraded to a high speed quad chair, more than doubling the uphill capacity.

1992 - MTV (Music Television) came up to camp and shot an episode of "Beach MTV" at the top of our race lanes on Palmer. Actors Dan Cortez and Alyssa Milano were the hosts and they used several of our campers and coaches in their segments.

beach MTV wayne on beach mtv

1994 - Racers Ted Ligety (age 9) and Julio Mancuso (age 10) both attended our camp (pictured below). They've both gone on to have amazing ski racing careers. Ted has won 25 world cup races (all but one in Giant Slalom), a gold medal in the 'combined' in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Olympic Gold in GS in 2014, plus 5 World Championship gold medals on his resume too. Julia has 3 Olympic medals, including gold in the Women's GS (Her three Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American alpine skier). She has also won five medals (two silver and three bronze) at the World Championships and seven victories in regular World Cup competition.

Ted Ligety age 10 .........Julia Mancuso age 10


Julia Mancuso goofing around at Afternoon Activities in 1994. *Age 10


1995 - Mt Hood Summer Ski Camps registered the website name "". Mike Annett and son-in-law John Bard teamed up to design version 1 of the camp website.

1996 - The Palmer chairlift was upgraded from a 2-person fixed-grip chairlift to a high-speed quad, resulting in shorter lift lines and quicker trips up the slope.

1998 - Our new camp lodge opens. It was designed by early 80's MHSSC coach, Fred Loesberg. Years later, the lodge was named "Chinook Lodge", although most people still called it the "Main Lodge".

1998 - We made it onto the cover of Ski Racing magazine!

ski racing magazine 1998

1999 -The first summer MHSSC had its own private terrain park.

terran park 1999

1999 - "Good Morning America" (ABC network) sent a video crew out to Mt Hood to do a story on summer skiing, interviewing several of our campers.

Good Morning America crew


2001 - First ever "Sunset Session" at MHSSC

2002 - A small earthquake rocks Mt Hood in mid-July. 4.5 on the richter scale. Only a few campers felt it.

2002 - MHSSC Snowboard coach, Mark Stegall, was on the cover of the Sports Section in the Oregonian Newspaper on November 14, 2002.

Mark Stegall Oregonian pic

2002 - Three former MHSSC coaches competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City: Andrej Jerman (Men's Downhill and combined), Uros Pavlovcic ( Men's GS), and Minna Karhu (Women's Moguls......and this was her 4th Olympics!)

2004 - The camp zip-line and log-walk are built on the MHSSC campus, out near the soccer field.

2004 - Mt Hood Summer Ski camps was listed in Outside Magazine as one of the top skill camps in the world.

2006 - Gold Medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics for former MHSSC campers Ted Ligety (Men's Combined) and Julia Mancuso!! (Women's GS). AWESOME! As you read above, both were campers with us in 1994 when they were kids.

2006 - MHSSC alpine race coach, Andrej Jerman, competes in his 2nd winter Olympics for Slovenija. Photo is a screen shot of opening ceremonies on USA's television broadcast.

Andrej Jerman 2006 Olympics

2006 - Butterflies invade the mountain! ahhhh, run for your lives!

butterflies racer thru butterflies

2008 - Session 3: big snow storm in June. Chains required on Timberline road. There was a police office writing $144 tickets for anyone without chains on their tires. We had our 60+ campers ski all the way down the Alpine Trail to Government Camp at the end of the ski day, instead of trying to drive on the slick road in the big yellow bus.

timberilne road snowy

2009 - THIS happened in 2009 (*she was fine)

2010 -Mt Hood Summer Ski Camps created its Facebook fan page.


2011 -Long time MHSSC snowboard head coach Mark Stegall passed away in April of 2011. He touched countless numbers of peoples lives. Great man. "He was a pro at life"

Mark Stegall


2012 -MHSSC counselor, Chase Kerzel, breaks the camp record by eating 12 burgers at the camp picnic.

12 burgers


2013 - Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) came to camp in mid August to produce a segment about our camp for a show called "Oregon Field Guide".

Mike Annett Oregon Field Guide

2014 - 3 former MHSSC campers won medals at the Sochi Olympics! Ted Ligety won the Gold Medal in Men's GS. Julia Mancuso won the bronze medal in the Women's Super-Combined. And Vic Wild won TWO gold medals in Men's parallel snowboard race GS and the Slalom events.

Ted Ligety gold in Sochi GS


Vic Wild
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TO BE CONTINUED! this is a work in progress....


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