Palmer Express – Timberline Lodge, OR

Lower terminal and lift line during summer operations.
Riding up in August!
Reinforced tripod tower.
This midstation is only used during late summer.
Top terminal built into Mt. Hood.
Re-enforced towers that are buried all winter.
The summer midstation.
Another view of the mid-load station that is buried all winter.
Bottom terminal.
Entering the top terminal building.
Uni terminal inside the building.
Chair parking area.
Looking down line.
Lift line from the base.
Looking up the line.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

8 thoughts on “Palmer Express – Timberline Lodge, OR

  1. zjroeber September 23, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    What is the process of inserting and taking out the haul rope from the mid station?

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    • Donald Reif January 30, 2020 / 11:22 pm

      I don’t know if we have anyone who’s done the same process on Flying Mile’s summer midstation at Tremblant here….


      • HoodRacer February 3, 2020 / 1:04 pm

        As far as I know, the chairs are taken off, the tension is partially removed from the haul rope, and the plywood sides of the mid-station (on the loading side) are removed. From there, the haul rope is removed from inside the mid-station, possibly with a snow cat. Everything beyond here is more or less speculation, but I would imagine a pulley or snatch block attached somehow to the towers above the mid-station could be used to pull the haul rope up to the upper sheaves. Might use a winch on a cat for this, too.

        In the winter, as Palmer doesn’t usually run/is partially buried, the haul rope used to be dropped onto sets of two sheaves mounted directly on the tower tubes. They’re visible in this old image from ( I would imagine they used a similar process to do this as well.


  2. Somebody January 30, 2020 / 8:34 pm

    How in the world did they install this lift in one summer?


    • Milan Streit February 2, 2020 / 12:44 am

      Many weird things happen at this ski resort. The hotel was built during the Great Depression, a world famous horror movie was filmed in it, and the weirdest one, the founder of Riblet got drunk on the original single chair… (Mt Hood Museum)

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      • reaperskier February 2, 2020 / 4:30 am

        That world famous horror movie is the shining


  3. Owen Mitchem May 9, 2020 / 10:33 pm

    Two tower heads were severely damaged in February and were replaced on May 7th.

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    • HoodRacer May 23, 2020 / 12:23 am

      I saw a comment on Timberline’s Facebook page about this from one of their managers. Sounds like the haul rope has to be replaced as well. It was a brutal winter on Hood from a rime ice standpoint, Cascade at Meadows was closed for a month because of ice damage as well.


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