Upper Bowl – Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, OR

Bottom drive-tension station.
Another view of the base station.
Riding up.
Lattice tower.
Looking back down the line.
Approaching the top.
Unload area.
Another view of the top.

11 thoughts on “Upper Bowl – Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, OR

  1. Dan B January 12, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    originally, those two towers labeled 1a and lb did not exist, and there was a very long span between the base and the first lattice tower. Used to absolutely terrify me as a kid.


  2. Vintage Chairlifts April 27, 2020 / 12:57 am

    According to Ski Bowl, the current Upper Bowl lift uses towers from the original one, which was installed in 1949. I’m assuming that they are referring to the lattice towers?

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    • pbropetech June 19, 2020 / 9:08 am

      They’d have to be. Baker’s old chair 1, and Mt Spokane’s chair 1 (both built in the early ’50s) already had tubular towers.


      • Vintage Chairlifts March 13, 2021 / 10:30 am

        Update: The lattice towers are from the original Upper Bowl.

        Riblet used these for large breakovers until 1957. The original Upper Bowl also used tapered tube towers, and you can see that one of those was recycled for Cascade’s tower 1.

        There is one remaining mystery. According to Ski Bowl, the first Upper Bowl was built in 1949: https://www.skibowl.com/about-skibowl/history.html

        However, Riblet’s records show them building a chair here in 1955. I’m not sure if this refers to Upper Bowl, or perhaps they did a big modification to Sandberg’s original Lower Bowl lift.


  3. Vintage Chairlifts July 17, 2021 / 7:15 pm

    Videoed the ride up this one today.

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    • Ryan September 4, 2022 / 10:55 pm

      squeaky squeaky squeaky. just the way I like it.


  4. iloveribletdoubles February 22, 2022 / 11:36 am

    This lift follows a different alignment from the original Upper Bowl, the original started at the same place but ended lower and farther east than the current one.


  5. HoodRacer September 4, 2022 / 8:04 pm

    I heard from local ski patrollers this weekend that Upper Bowl’s haul rope failed inspection, and that a replacement is ~4 months out. If true, hopefully it’s ready by winter…


    • Ryan September 4, 2022 / 10:49 pm

      If this is the case, do you think they will replace the rope, or the lift?


    • RS November 30, 2022 / 11:33 pm

      Ski Bowl is opening Saturday with Lower and Upper Bowl chairs running. I have been watching the webcam and it didn’t look like they replace the haul rope so it must have been fine. Could it have been Multorpor? The Google Earth satellite image was updated this summer and it looks like all the chairs are stacked at the lower terminal.


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