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Encyclopedia > Timberline Lodge ski area
Timberline Lodge
Upper lifts in winter
Location: Mount Hood, Oregon, US
Nearest city: Government Camp 5 miles (8 km) south, Portland 60 miles (100 km) west
Top elevation: 8540 ft (2603 m)
Base elevation: 4950 ft (1509 m)
Skiable area: 1430 acres (5.79 km²)
Runs: 35
Longest run: 3.12 mi (5 km)
Lift system: 6 chairs, 1 rope tow, 1 magic carpet
Snow fall: yearly snowfall: 45 ft (14 m)
average pack: 15 ft (4.6 m)[1]
Web page: Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge ski area is the ski and snowboarding area of Timberline Lodge National Historic Landmark. It is one of a few U.S ski lodges which is above skiable terrain—ski in, ski out. It is located on the south face of Mount Hood in Oregon, USA, about 60 miles (95 km) east of Portland, accessible through the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway. Mount Hood is an active stratovolcano in northern Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... Government Camp is an unincorporated community located in Clackamas County, Oregon, south of Mount Hood and north of Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain. ... Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, PDX Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: Country United States State Oregon County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Mayor Tom Potter Area    - City 376. ... A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift, also known as a fixed-grip chairlift, is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ... A ski tow, also called rope tow, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... A Magic Carpet is a type of surface lift seen at ski areas to transport skiers up the grade. ... The swimming pool at Timberline Lodge Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge at 6,000 ft (1,800 m) on the south side of Mount Hood in Oregon, USA, about 60 miles (95 km) east of Portland. ... Mount Hood is an active stratovolcano in northern Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, PDX Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: Country United States State Oregon County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Mayor Tom Potter Area    - City 376. ... Mt. ...

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History

The lodge was constructed between 1936 and 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression. That year, Timberline opened as Oregon's first destination ski resort with a portable rope tow. The next year, the Magic Mile chairlift opened, as well as Silcox Hut, which sits about one thousand vertical feet (300 m) and a mile (1.6 km) above the main lodge, and was the original unloading and warming hut. WPA Graphic The Works Progress Administration (later Works Projects Administration, abbreviated WPA), was created in May 1935 by Presidential order (Congress funded it annually but did not set it up). ... Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn which started in 1929 (although its effects were not fully felt until late in 1930) and lasted through most of the 1930s. ... A ski resort is a ski area with a village and/or high-end accommodations and other amenities at the base of the mountain. ... A ski tow, also called rope tow, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... The Magic Mile is a chairlift at Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon. ... A low winter snowpack reveals the sleeping area window. ...


Summer skiing and summer race camps began at Timberline in 1956.[2] Before the Palmer chairlift, which provided access above the 7,000 foot level, the conditions at Timberline allowed skiing from November through August.


Early days

Main article: Magic Mile

The Magic Mile chairlift was the longest chairlift in the world, and the second chairlift, of those built to be a chairlift when it opened in 1939. Financial troubles operating the Lodge and World War II closed it for several years during the 1940s and 1950s. The ski area has successfully operated since 1956. The Magic Mile is a chairlift at Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


Future

The Timberline Express detachable high speed quad chair proposal was approved. This lift will provide lower mountain advanced and expert terrain and improve circulation between Stormin' Norman and the rest of the ski area. Timberline intends for it to be ready for the 2007-2008 season.[3]


Statistics

Vertical

  • 3,590' Winter
  • 2,500' Summer (April - July)
  • 1,530' Late Summer (July - October)

Terrain

Timberline categorizes the terrain as beginner 20%, intermediate 50%, advanced 30%. However, the Forest Service published an environmental impact statement containing more detailed information: The USDA Forest Service, a United States government agency within the United States Department of Agriculture, is under the leadership of the United States Secretary of Agriculture. ... According to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) whenever the U.S. Federal Government takes a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment it must first consider the environmental impact in a document called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). ...

Terrain categorization by acres and comfortable guest usage
based on industry standard terrain density
  Full ski area (Winter) Upper mountain closed
(40% of Winter days)
Terrain type Terrain definition
slope gradient
Acres Rider
capacity †
Capacity
distribution
Acres Rider
capacity †
Capacity
distribution
Beginner 8% to 12% 1.4 42.6 1% 1.4 42.6 3%
Novice to 25% (30% short pitches) 37.6 677.2 14% 37.6 677.2 48%
Low Intermediate to 30% (35% short pitches) 136.8 1,914.8 40% 23.6 329.8 23%
Intermediate to 40% (45% short pitches) 55.5 555.3 12% 19.0 189.7 13%
Advanced Intermediate to 50% (55% short pitches) 223.5 1,564.4 33% 24.1 168.6 12%
Expert over 50% 1.3 3.9 0% 1.3 3.9 0%
Total   456.1 4,758.2 100% 106.9 1,411.8 100%
[4]

Rider capacity is the number of snowboarders and skiers the terrain acreage comfortably handles, and is not a measure of lift capacity. Page 7 of the reference details the industry standard, which ranges from 2-5 expert skiers per acre up to 25-35 beginners per acre. A grade (or gradient) is the pitch of a slope, and is often expressed as a percent tangent, or rise over run. It is used to express the steepness of slope on a hill, roof, or road, where zero indicates level (with respect to gravity) and increasing numbers correlate to...


Lifts

  • 6 chairlifts, including 4 high speed detachable quads, one triple and one bunny slope double
  • 1 rope tow for public use
  • 1 magic carpet for ski school use
Chairlift detail
Lift Name Type Top
elevation
(ft)
Bottom
elevation
Vertical
rise
Length
(ft)
Slope
(%)
Capacity
(rides/hr)
Speed
(fpm)
Lift
Manufacturer
Year
installed
Bruno fixed double 5,885 5,840 45 368 12% 630 300 Poma 1987
Molly's Express detach quad 5,835 4,990 845 5,244 16% 1200 1000 Doppelmayr 2000
Pucci fixed triple 5,920 5,350 570 3,398 17% 1,330 450 Poma 1987
Stomin' Norman detach quad 6,245 5,460 785 4,396 18% 1500 1000 Doppelmayr 2000
Magic Mile Express detach quad 6,990 5,915 1,075 5,359 20% 1600 950 Poma 1992
Palmer Express detach quad 8,470 6,940 1,530 5,468 29% 1800 1000 Doppelmayr 1996
proposed
Timberline Express
detach quad 6,020 4,850 1,170 6,506 18% 1800 1000 Doppelmayr 2007
[4]

A ski tow, also called rope tow, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... A magic carpet is a fictional carpet that would transport persons who were on it instantaneously or quickly to their destination. ...

Summer skiing

Timberline is the only ski area in North America to offer year round skiing. It is scheduled for two weeks closure each September for maintenance.[5] Skiers, snowboarders, and sightseers ride up the Magic Mile lift to the Palmer Glacier and its lift, where most of the summer skiing takes place. Dozens of summer camps host hundreds of racers all summer long. Virtually every snow sport is offered in camps. Ski racing is the most popular, but snowboard camps like Windell's Camp and HCSC are very popular. Mount Hood Summer Ski Camps have been a mainstay in the summer, hosting campers since the 1970s.


Summer ski hours are 7 am to 1:30 pm. On warm days, most skiers leave by late morning due to soft and wet snow conditions.


The summer camps are mostly organized as week long sessions, with on-snow activities in the morning and a variety of other activities in the afternoon, such as river rafting, mountain biking, hiking, trampoline, wind surfing, etc.


Public skiing is available, but rental gear may be limited or unavailable.


Photo gallery

References

  1. ^ Rates and Info. Timberline Lodge Ski Area. Retrieved on 2006-09-15.
  2. ^ Arthur, Jean. Timberline and a Century of Skiing on Mount Hood. ISBN 0964547708.
  3. ^ Northwest Skiers update. Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
  4. ^ a b Appendix G: Mountain Specifications Summary, Draft Environmental Impact Statement for The Timberline Express Proposal (pdf). USDA, U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Hood National Forest (March 2005). Retrieved on 2006-09-18.
  5. ^ General area information. Timberline Lodge ski area. Retrieved on 2006-09-18.

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External links

  • Webcam at Timberline Lodge, from the KGW website


KGW, Northwest Newschannel 8 is an NBC affiliate serving the Portland, Oregon area. ...

Oregon ski areas
Central Oregon Hoodoo | Mount Bachelor | Willamette Pass
Eastern Oregon Anthony Lakes | Ferguson Ridge | Spout Springs
Mount Hood Cooper Spur | Mt. Hood Meadows | Mount Hood Skibowl | Snow Bunny
Summit Ski Area | Timberline Lodge ski area
Southern Oregon

Mount Ashland | Warner Canyon Central Oregon is a geographical term that is generally taken to apply to the portion of the state of Oregon that is east of the Cascade Range, near the geographic center of Oregon. ... Hoodoo ski area is a mountain resort operated on federal land through agreement with the Willamette national forest, McKenzie River ranger district. ... Mount Bachelor ski area is a ski and snowboard resort located in central Oregon approximately 22 mi (35 km) west of Bend, Oregon, at the end of Oregon Highway 372. ... Willamette Pass is a ski area located in the Willamette and Deschutes national forests in the cascades mountains of Oregon. ... Eastern Oregon is a geographical term that is generally taken to mean the area of the state of Oregon east of the Cascade Range, save the region around the Dalles and sometimes Klamath County. ... Anthony Lakes Ski Area is located in eastern Oregon, near the city of La Grande. ... Ferguson Ridge is a small ski area in northeastern Oregon near the city of Enterprise. ... Spout Springs Ski Area is a ski resort located in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. ... Mount Hood is an active stratovolcano in northern Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. ... The Cooper Spur Ski Area is located on the northeast side of Mount Hood, Oregon. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mount Hood Skibowl is a recreation area located near Government Camp, Oregon. ... Summit Ski Area in winter Summit Ski Area in summer Summit Ski Area is a small ski park located on Mount Hood, alongside the Mt. ... The region of Oregon south of Lane County and west of or in the Cascade Range, excluding the southern Oregon Coast. ... One of the higher peaks in the Siskiyou mountain range, Mount Ashland rises above the eponymous town below. ... The Warner Canyon ski area is located in the Fremont National Forest, on land now owned by Lake County, approximately nine miles east of Lakeview, in southern Oregon. ...


 
 

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