first_imgThe chairlifts are ready, the temperature is cold enough and the calendar almost says December. Only the moisture is missing as Mount Hood gets off to a skimpy start to the 2013-14 skiing season.Timberline Lodge started daily operation last Friday, running Magic Mile, Pucci, Bruno’s and Palmer chairlifts. Mount Hood Meadows had a “preview weekend” with limited terrain, limited snow and discounted prices. The area reopens at 9 a.m. Friday with three or four chairs scheduled to operate.Mount Hood Skibowl opened its tubing hill at 10 a.m. this morning and will be open through Sunday.Although the winter forecast is for average snow, there’s relatively little on the ground now as a cold and dry weather weather pattern has had a grip on the Northwest for more than a week.Timberline reported 21 inches on Tuesday, while Mount Hood Meadows reported 18 inches and Skibowl 1 to 7 inches.Here’s a look at Mount Hood’s big three ski areas for the winter:Mt. Hood Skibowl — The tubing hill at Skibowl East will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday“With the cold temperatures and low humidity, we’ve been able to make more than five feet of snow,” said Hans Wipper, a Mount Hood Skibowl spokesman.last_img