Daisy – Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

Looking up the lift line.
Lower lift line.
Top unload.
Looking down the line.
Bottom terminal.
Tension station.
Bottom station work chair.

15 thoughts on “Daisy – Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

  1. snowbasinlocal12894 April 29, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    Rare type of chairlift. The only doppelmayr center pole double I seen other than this the doubles at snowbird excluding baby thunder.

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  2. Chris April 29, 2019 / 3:10 pm

    Only rare in North America. Doppelmayr center poles were a staple in Austria and Germany, although most of the lifts have either been replaced or at least updated with new chairs.

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  3. Donald Reif September 24, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    I wonder how much usage this one receives during the winter months. Because on the one hand, Vista Express serves most of Daisy’s terrain. Yet at the same time, this is also the most direct way to access Cascade Express if the Mount Hood Express and Blue are backed up, and Vista Express can’t be accessed from the main part of the base without riding Buttercup up to it.

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    • Ryan Smith October 1, 2019 / 10:53 pm

      Daisy used to run all the time until Vista Express was installed. Now it only seems to run when it is busy on weekends/Holidays or if there is bad weather and Vista Express isn’t running. I don’t think they really run it that often for night skiing either anymore. Daisy’s terrain can also be accessed from Mt. Hood Express (MHX) or Blue (if it is running which is normally only an alternate to MHX) which they both can run for night skiing.

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        • Donald Reif October 2, 2019 / 9:49 am

          I think the Vista Express did that job of being a Daisy replacement.


  4. Mark N. November 24, 2019 / 8:19 am

    Apparently the room beneath the bottom terminal was the former ski patrol center before they built a newer one on the left side of the parking lot. The counterweight is also housed beneath the bottom terminal, and one time a tree fell on the cable and sent the counterweight through the ceiling of the ski patrol center! The lift itself was fine though.


  5. iloveribletdoubles January 5, 2021 / 11:35 am

    in 2005, meadows was planning to replace this with a high speed quad, but the plans fell through. This lift serves Daisy Bowl, and it operates at night, the problem with that is they don’t always run it at night, meaning you can’t ski the entire Daisy Bowl, the other day i was night skiing and they didn’t operate it, so it’s just kind of stupid to not run it during the night. It’s a similar story when Cascade is running, because this lift is basically a direct connection to Cascade, yet they don’t operate it. it just seems really incoherent.

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    • Donald Reif January 5, 2021 / 11:54 am

      I think they scrapped the plans because of the Vista Express doing that job.


    • Terrain enthusiasts August 20, 2022 / 7:05 pm

      After the 6 seater mt. hood express is finished they’re going to connect the sunrise lot to the base area(maybe bottom of vista) with a short lift. After that daisy express but bottom terminal where ballroom carpet is now. In a 1997 map they also have an elevator express starting from the bottom of north canyon to the top of outer limits. Hopefully that’s the next step after daisy is replaced


  6. iloveribletdoubles January 5, 2021 / 12:57 pm

    i’m glad they didn’t replace daisy because i like historic chairlifts


  7. pnwrider March 2, 2021 / 5:39 am

    As someone who’s skied at Mt. Hood Meadows for ten plus years, I can confidently speak of the value and convenience of this lift, even though all of its terrain is technically covered by detachable chairlifts. Even if Mt. Hood Express didn’t have lines, this lift directly gets riders to Cascade Express faster than riding MHX up and skiing over to the bottom of the Cascade Express. Also, this lift covers the entirety of Easy Rider’s terrain, plus some more.

    If anything, I find it rather odd that Easy Rider is open more than this lift, considering how this lift serves the entirety of Easy Rider’s terrain, can be accessed from the base, and has terrain of its own that Easy Rider can’t serve. I’m not advocating for treating Easy Rider as an “alternative” lift though, it too is still very useful and ridden plenty even on days when Vista Express is open. But from all the Mt. Hood Meadows blogs I’ve read over the years, every Mt. Hood Meadows skier and snowboarder universally agrees that they should run Daisy more.


    • Drew Jackson December 1, 2022 / 9:01 pm

      In the “old days”, Daisy ran daily… while Red (now Easy Rider) only opened on peak days. The two lifts switched roles in the late 90s or early 00s, after Red’s original center-pole carriers were replaced with outside bail carriers. That’s when the lift was renamed Easy Rider. I believe there were three main reasons for the operational swap: 1) Easy Rider’s new carriers made that lift more kid-friendly, 2) Daisy’s loading and unloading areas are tougher (uphill climb to the loading platform & longer/steeper unloading ramp), and 3) Easy Rider is the more convenient lapping lift for the half pipe & terrain parks in that pod.

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