Palmer Express – Timberline Lodge, OR

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

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      • 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 skilifts.org (http://skilifts.org/old/images/resort_images/or-timberline/palmer/midstation.jpg). I would imagine they used a similar process to do this as well.

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

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

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    • 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

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  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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