Blue – Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

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Yan bottom terminal which was added in 1979.
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Height adjustable tower and lift line.
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Bottom drive-tension station.
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Top unload ramp and bullwheel.
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Unload area.
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Looking down from the top.
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Breakover towers.
The same towers seen from the Mount Hood Express.
Looking down the variable-pitched line.
Middle section of the line.
Another mellower part of the lift.
Looking up at T7.
The first pitch out of the base area.
Yan bottom terminal and counterweight.

13 thoughts on “Blue – Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

  1. northeastchairlifts May 23, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    It’s weird how riblet used so many Breakover towers and wasted them all and only put about 4 sheaves on each

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    • HoodRacer May 25, 2017 / 1:17 am

      I believe this was a pretty common practice back in the ’60s (when Blue was built). This becomes especially apparent when looking at Riblet lifts of a similar vintage. I can’t say for sure why they used so few sheaves on each tower, but I would be willing to bet that they were attempting to distribute the force over each of the break-over towers (as longer sheave trains would place more force on each of the towers). The topography below these towers is pretty nasty, which could potentially make it more difficult to pour a foundation large enough to support more force on less towers. Also notable is how windy this ridge gets; that could also explain the need to distribute the force of the cable and chairs over more towers (I can speak from personal experience, as I have been stuck on this lift, sitting under these breakover towers in far too many windstorms).

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      • northeastchairlifts May 25, 2017 / 7:40 pm

        Yeah, but it seems all riblet lifts have a lot of Breakover towers, no matter where it is. Maybe they are just playing it safe

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    • pbropetech January 6, 2021 / 1:50 pm

      Riblet did not build assemblies larger than 4 sheaves until the 80s; thus, the large amount of towers. Their sheaves and assemblies also weren’t built as heavily until later.

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    • pnwrider July 12, 2021 / 11:13 am

      I can tell by your username!

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  2. Donald Reif January 6, 2021 / 11:45 am

    There’s a part of me that thinks that in 1994, the MHX should’ve replaced this instead of Jacob’s Ladder. But at the same time, realizes that Blue’s loading area is a bit less accessible than the MHX’s starting location.

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  3. pnwrider July 12, 2021 / 11:15 am

    I wonder how much use this lift will get in the future, seeing that Mt. Hood Express is going to be replaced with an LPA detachable six pack with a 3,600 people per hour capacity in the next year or two. Although once again, Blue outlives the newer lifts next to it!

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    • Vintage Chairlifts July 12, 2021 / 10:32 pm

      Not surprising. It seems like Riblets are usually replaced to increase capacity rather than because the lift is worn out.

      Helps that it has a newer drive, too!

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    • Vintage Chairlifts July 12, 2021 / 10:32 pm

      Not surprising. It seems like Riblets are usually replaced to increase capacity rather than because the lift is worn out.

      Helps that it has a newer drive, too!

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