Pucci – Timberline Lodge, OR

Upper lift line.
Looking down the lift line.
Top terminal.
Poma vault drive.
Looking up the line.
Bottom bullwheel with hydraulic tensioning.

15 thoughts on “Pucci – Timberline Lodge, OR

  1. Ryan June 23, 2020 / 9:44 pm

    I have always wondered why the sheaves on tower 12 (3rd and 4th picture) were set at an angle. Does anyone know why they are? I don’t think I have ever seen it on any other lift.


  2. Michael June 24, 2020 / 6:53 am

    Because the bullwheel diameter is smaller than the line gauge (distance between the haul ropes on the towers). Thus the sheaves on the first and last towers are canted, or angled, to be able to reduce the gauge. Hope this explains it.


    • Ryan June 24, 2020 / 5:59 pm

      Thanks Michael! That does explain it. Is this a fairly common practice? I don’t remember seeing it on other fixed grip lifts besides Pucci before or is the cant normally less noticeable?


      • Michael June 25, 2020 / 2:22 pm

        Poma did it quite a bit in the early years. It is not always quite so obvious on some lifts because they would cant the first/last 2 towers.


  3. New England Chairlifts & Skiing June 24, 2020 / 4:57 pm

    What will happen to this lift?


    • Owen Mitchem June 24, 2020 / 6:04 pm

      I was told that it will be installed on some rich guy’s ranch somewhere in eastern Oregon.


    • Ryan June 24, 2020 / 6:19 pm

      They have already sold off the chairs for charity (I was lucky to get one, they sold out in a couple hours) and are going to reuse 11 of the 12 towers for the new lift. With it being 33 years I’m pretty sure the rest of it will be scrapped. It was down a few days for mid season for maintenance either this or last season which I have never seen on this lift before and not sure if it was related to age. I think the Timberline crew does a great job of keeping the lifts maintained and running especially for the conditions they deal with on Magic Mile and Palmer.

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      • Owen Mitchem June 24, 2020 / 7:31 pm

        I was also lucky enough to receive one of the chairs and I’m just relaying what I was told by an employee. Last week I was snooping around the climbers lot where the components for the new lift are being staged, among all the new parts I noticed the old haul rope, one tower, and the bottom bullwheel. The top station has yet to be removed but I expect it will be joining the rest of the old lift shortly. I could still be mistaken, but I think the information I was given was correct.


        • Ryan June 24, 2020 / 8:03 pm

          Hi Owen, Congrats on chair! I know they go fast and you have to jump at the moment to get them. I was replying to New England Chairlift & Skiing and hadn’t seen your post yet. You posted while I was writing mine and my screen did not refresh until after I posted. I am was just speculating on what will happen with the old lift and your response has a lot more basis then mine. It would be pretty cool if someone does reuse it. It was the backbone of Timberline during the winter for many years and many great years of riding it. Do you have any pictures from when you were up there? I was hoping Timberline would post an update one of these times to show the progress. Anyways sorry about the confusion.

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  4. Chairlift World January 8, 2023 / 7:26 pm

    The reason for the vault drive is because of the previous Riblet

    Any news or photos on the lift’s relocation?


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