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Palmer

05/08/2018

The Palmer Express chairlift gives Timberline the longest ski season in North America. In ideal years, lower mountain lifts open in October and continue to run through the spring season. Palmer typically opens in April and enables Timberline to offer skiing and snowboarding through Labor Day.

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Timberline’s Palmer Chairlift

The Palmer Express chairlift gives Timberline the longest ski season in North America. In ideal years, lower mountain lifts open in October and continue to run through the spring season. Palmer typically opens in April and enables Timberline to offer skiing and snowboarding through Labor Day. While other ski resorts are closing, skiers and riders flock to Timberline in mid-spring to take advantage of our extended season and our affordable Spring Pass. Timberline’s Spring Pass offers unlimited skiing from early March through Memorial Weekend, costs less than the price of two lift tickets, and can be purchased through May 13th.


Once summer starts, skiers, snowboarders, and sightseers ride up the Magic Mile chairlift to the Palmer Glacier and its lift, where summer skiing takes place. In contrast to winter operations when weekends are the busiest, the lifts are the thriving during the summer ski season Monday through Friday, mostly due to ski and snowboard camps. Intermediate and more advanced public skiers and snowboarders are welcome on Palmer as well.

“In the summertime, everyone who is anyone in the ski business is on Palmer,” says Steve Kruse, Timberline’s GM of Mountain Operations, “It keeps it interesting. It appeals to a different level of skier or snowboarder.” Timberline Lodge is an official training site for the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding, and U.S. Freeskiing. Olympic ski and snowboard teams from around the world train at Timberline in the summer.

The original Palmer Chairlift opened for the 1978 summer ski season. Mt. Hood was quickly put on a global ski racing stage as THE place to train in the summer. The original lift was a fixed double chair in basically the same location as the present lift, with the base station near Silcox Hut. The current Palmer chairlift was completed in 1996, and is built to withstand wind gusts of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) and 200 inches (510 cm) of snow. Its construction time was less than six months due to a limited building season imposed by the local weather conditions.

We wish it was possible to maintain the Palmer Chair during the winter – but frequent and heavy winter storms coat the lift towers in thick snow and ice. These storms often have wind speeds exceeding 100mph and brutally cold temperatures. These factors make de-icing the lift virtually impossible. In the spring, Palmer Chairlift gets a full maintenance check to prepare it for summer operations.

Also, as you can see in the photo, the Palmer Chairlift Upper Terminal is buried in the winter. Timberline uses Pistenbully SnowSAT to measure snow depth around the ski resort. SnowSAT uses satellite technology to help us manage snow levels safely and efficiently, so we can guarantee a full cover of snow throughout the entire season. Snow depth at the 7500’ elevation on Palmer Glacier currently measures in at over 60 feet.

In place of the lift, we offer our Palmer Snowcat for your snowcat skiing enjoyment during the winter season. This opens up 3,690 vertical feet of snowcat skiing and riding from the top of Palmer to the bottom of the Jeff Flood Express.

OREGON TOURISM AWARD Mountain | Lodge | Community
Oregon Tourism Award

05/04/2018

Timberline's Director of Public Affairs, Jon Tullis, has been awarded the Gene Leo Memorial Sustainable Tourism Award at the Oregon Governor's Conference in Tourism.

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Oregon Tourism Award for Jon Tullis

The Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) proudly announced the recipients of the 2017 Oregon Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards, presented at the 2018 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Bend, OR, on April 30, 2018.

The achievement awards recognize people and organizations that enhance travel and tourism experiences across Oregon. The award recipients are outstanding professionals who demonstrate perseverance and dedication to the state. They go the extra mile. It’s because of their vision and commitment to making Oregon a better place for Oregonians and visitors that this industry is successful.

The Gene Leo Memorial Sustainable Tourism Award was established in 1994 to honor the late Gene Leo, known for his Oregon tourism contributions as Director of the Oregon Zoo, Portland Rose Festival and the Portland Oregon Visitors Association (now Travel Portland). This award recognizes an outstanding contribution for a tourism-related activity or attraction focused on Oregon’s natural beauty or outdoor recreation. The award was presented to Timberline Lodge Director of Public Affairs Jon Tullis, a planner, Forest Service liaison, special events coordinator, spokesperson, governmental affairs manager, and all-around advocate for the National Historic Landmark Timberline Lodge for more than three decades. Jon has been an ardent advocate for outdoor recreation, historic preservation, conservation, public lands and sustainable tourism practices. He has served on the Oregon Heritage Commission, Ski Oregon, the Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association, Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Tourism Advisory Council, and is a member of the Outdoor Recreation Initiative Leadership Team.

Congratulations Jon!

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Spring Operations - PALMER UPDATE

04/27/2018

PALMER IS OPEN! Timberline's spring and summer operations will be evolving over the coming months. Check out the proposed lift schedule for now through September.

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Spring and Summer Lift Schedule

Our scheduled hours of operation (subject to change) for Spring/Summer 2018 are as follows:

Now thru June 3rd | 9am - 2pm/3pm
June 4th thru Sept 3rd | 7am - 2pm

  • Palmer is open! Weather permitting, it will operate daily 9am - 2pm.
  • We run the best three lifts and five terrain parks daily.
  • Bruno’s will be open Sat/Sun through end of April, then closed.
  • Jeff Flood Express is currently available as a weather backup, likely to close May 7th.
  • Norms likely to close end of May - depending on snow depth.
  • Phlox Point Cabin has officially closed for the season.

Get your Spring Pass by May 13th and use through May 28th! It costs less than the price of two lift tickets. Summer Pass ($899) goes on sale May 7th.

Timberline Summer Snow Camps begin with Freestyle Day Camp on June 11 and Family Race Camp on June 16. LEARN MORE

Please check our Conditions page for daily updates!

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Chef of the Year

04/16/2018

Timberline Executive Chef Jason Stoller Smith has been honored by the Oregon Beef Council with their Chef of the Year award for launching an innovative local beef and butchering program at the lodge.

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Oregon Beef Council Chef of the Year

The Oregon Beef Council (OBC) has awarded Timberline Executive Chef Jason Stoller Smith with their Chef of the Year Award for 2018. At a dinner hosted by the Oregon Beef Council and Chef Philippe Boulot at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC), Chef Stoller Smith was honored for launching Timberline’s proprietary beef program at Timberline Lodge.

In September of 2016, Timberline Lodge’s proprietary beef program was born when the lodge purchased 52 head of cattle in in partnership with rancher Keith Nantz of Deschutes River Beef. This beef is raised naturally and sustainably, with an emphasis on soil and animal health. Since then, the lodge has received one side of beef each week that is butchered in-house. This beef is distributed throughout the lodge’s seven restaurants in the form of hamburger, steaks, roasts, stews, and braised meat with very little waste.

“On behalf of Timberline Lodge’s Food and Beverage team,” says Chef Stoller Smith, “I am honored and pleased to accept the award of the Oregon Beef Council’s Chef of the Year for 2018. For decades, Timberline has worked with local producers to showcase the best of Oregon’s food products for it’s upwards of 2 million annual visitors. In the last couple years, our team has worked hard to develop a progressive program that enables us to forge relationships directly with cattle producers to bring the best in Oregon beef to our menus with full integration. When Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Timberline Lodge on September 28th, 1937, he noted ‘Here, to Mount Hood, will come thousands and thousands of visitors in the coming years. Looking east toward eastern Oregon with it’s great livestock raising areas, these visitors are going to visualize the relationship between the cattle ranches and the summer ranges in the forests.’ I’m pleased, that as stewards of this great lodge, we are still hosting thousands of visitors (on a daily basis) and working to further realize a sustainable relationship with the cattle ranchers of this great state. Thank you to the Oregon Beef Council, and to all of the ranchers of Oregon, for this honor!”

Chef Stoller Smith crafted a five-course, beef-centric dining experience for MAC members and OBC board members and ranchers. The three savory hors d’oeuvres included Chef’s signature dish, beef cheeks in a cabbage taco, as well as a shortrib arancini and an upscale riff on a reuben sandwich. The first course was a study in red with beef tartare, beets, and radishes. Beef hearts with salsify, sunchokes, and arugula appropriately made up the “I Heart Beef” course. Beef in its most classic form was the highlight of the main course - beef strip with root vegetables and demi-glace. While there was no actual beef in the dessert, Chef got cheeky with a Beefeater gin and cucumber yogurt ice cream.

Chef Stoller Smith follows an impressive class of other OBC Chefs of the Year, including Chef Boulot who won the honor in 2014, as well as other well-known Portland chefs Matt Christianson (‘13, Urban Farmer), Vitaly Paley (‘15, Paley’s Place, Imperial), Carlo Lamagna (‘16, Clyde Common), and Greg Denton (‘17, Ox). Former Timberline Chef Leif Benson was the first OBC Chef of the Year in 2012.

Oregon Beef Council Chef of the Year 2018 Award
Oregon Beef Council Chef of the Year 2018 Award

Oregon Beef Council Chef of the Year Dinner Menu by Chef Stoller Smith
Oregon Beef Council Chef of the Year Dinner Menu by Chef Stoller Smith

MAC Chef Philippe Boulot and Timberline Chef Jason Stoller Smith
MAC Chef Philippe Boulot and Timberline Chef Jason Stoller Smith

Beef cheek, cabbage taco, parsnip, mustard seed
Beef cheek, cabbage taco, parsnip, mustard seed

Beef tartare with shiso, kohlrabi, beet, and radish
Beef tartare with shiso, kohlrabi, beet, and radish

I Heart Beef - beef heart, salsify, sunchoke, arugula, fromage blanc
I Heart Beef - beef heart, salsify, sunchoke, arugula, fromage blanc
Beef strip, carrot, celery root, potato, pine nuts, demi
Beef strip, carrot, celery root, potato, pine nuts, demi
Beefeater cucumber yogurt ice, lime, mint
Beefeater cucumber yogurt ice, lime, mint

Oregon Beef Council CEO Will Wise with Chef Stoller Smith
Oregon Beef Council CEO Will Wise with Chef Stoller Smith

































































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TIMBERLINE BIKE PARK UPDATE

04/04/2018

On March 31, the Oregon US District Court dismissed the Timberline Bike Park law suit. Timberline is very pleased with the Court's decision and is excited to move forward with lift assisted mountain biking at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area.

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Timberline Bike Park Update

On March 31, the Oregon US District Court dismissed the Timberline Bike Park law suit.

Timberline is very pleased with the Court’s decision and is excited to move forward with lift assisted mountain biking at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area. This ruling confirms the US Forest Service evaluation and approval, granted more than 5 years ago and supported by subsequent further reviews, that operation of a Bike Park at Timberline meets Mt. Hood National Forest Plan objectives and falls within our permit parameters. Steve Kruse, Timberline’s General Manager of Mountain Operations commented, “This is a good, environmentally sound project. Timberline would like to thank the US Forest Service, whose specialists worked long and hard with us and the public, in a very thorough fashion throughout the environmental analysis and related reviews for the Bike Park Project.”

Timberline is the people’s place. As stewards of Mt. Hood, Timberline remains committed to providing quality public recreation within the capabilities of the ecosystem. The Mt. Hood National Forest Plan objectives include managing ski areas to provide a diversity of winter and summer recreation activities that emphasize the forest setting. Considering this and the strong growth and popularity of mountain biking, Timberline remains committed to this modest and carefully designed Project to bring high quality, lift assisted mountain biking to Mt. Hood as an additional summer activity.

Gravity Logic, a world leader in sustainable, progressive bike park planning and design, has been working with Timberline since the Project’s inception and will continue to play an important advisory role. Construction is planned to begin Summer 2018 and will be a phased approach. The Timberline Bike Park will be developed and operated to serve local, regional and global riders of varied interests and skill levels. The project includes a skills park, trail system, natural features, built features and jump lines. Other facilities slated to open with the Bike Park include a full service retail bike shop offering repairs, rentals and sales, as well as existing Timberline Food and Beverage concessions. The Bike Park will open for full public access once the majority of the infrastructure is in place. Riders interested in being among the first to ride the park are encouraged to stay tuned at www.timberlinelodge.com.

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TIMBERLINE SNOW FARMING Mountain
Snow Farming

03/07/2018

Watch this video of Timberline's Mountain Manager, Logan Stewart, as he explains Timberline's snow farming techniques. This practice enables Timberline to collect snow throughout the winter and place it where the mountain needs it most, enabling us to stay open until September.

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​Timberline Snow Farming

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area utilizes snow farming techniques to prepare for the summer snow season. Using PistenBully Snowcats outfitted with SnowSAT technology that measures snow depth around the mountain, our crew can gage the areas that need more snow. The crew plows out trenches in the snow, known as wind rows, by creating spines at intervals in the snow. When a storm comes through and blows snow across the mountain, it catches on these spines and collects in the rows. This process can take 4-5 inches of snow on a night with moderate winds and turn it into 3-4 feet of snow as it gathers in the trenches. The collected snow can then be moved around the mountain to fill in lower spots. By farming snow throughout the winter, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area is able to stay open through summer until about the first week in September.

Watch the video to learn more about Timberline’s snow farming process.

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Team USA Olympics Recap

02/27/2018

​The Olympics might be over but the celebration continues as Team USA Skiing, Snowboarding, and Freeskiing brings home 14 medals. Congrats to U.S. Ski and Snowboard, we look forward to seeing you again this summer on the slopes!

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U.S. Ski and Snowboard Medalists

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area is an official training site for U.S. Skiing, U.S. Snowboarding, and U.S. Freeskiing. Last summer, we were honored to host Team USA athletes as they prepared for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. It’s been an exciting Olympics with U.S. Snowboarding bringing home four Golds, two Silvers, and one Bronze. The Alpine team earned one each Gold, Silver, and Bronze, while Freeskiing took one Gold, two Silvers, and one Bronze. In total, U.S. Skiing, U.S. Snowboarding, and U.S. Freeskiing won 14 of Team USA’s 23 medals!

Snowboarding

Arielle Gold, Maddie Mastro, Jake Pates, Ben Ferguson, Chase Josey, Kelly Clark, Chloe Kim, and Shaun White.
Arielle Gold, Maddie Mastro, Jake Pates, Ben Ferguson, Chase Josey,
Kelly Clark, Chloe Kim, and Shaun White.
Shaun White - five Olympics, four gold medals
Shaun White - four Olympics, three gold medals

Collecting his third career Olympic gold medal, Shaun White’s halfpipe snowboarding gold medal was the 100th gold medal won by the USA in Winter Games history. The 31-year-old pulled off an epic final run to avenge the disappointment of missing out on a medal four years ago and add to his legacy following golds in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010. Team USA members Ben Ferguson (Bend, OR) finished fourth, while Chase Josey was sixth and Jake Pates eighth.

Chloe Kim had already won gold when she took her glory run…and scored higher!
Chloe Kim had already won gold when she took her glory run…
and scored higher!

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Kim made her stunning debut on the Olympic stage with a gold medal in halfpipe snowboard. On her third-run victory lap, Kim nailed back-to-back 1080s – the first in Olympic history – to score a 98.25. Joining her on the podium was team member Arielle Gold, who nailed her final run to take the bronze medal, bumping three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark into fourth place. This was a bittersweet moment for both Gold and Clark. A snowboarding legend and mentor, this was Clark’s fifth time competing in the Olympics. “Not many athletes get to stick around long enough to see what their legacy will look like,” Clark said. “This U.S. women’s team is an incredible group of talented young women and I’m so proud of them. I think my Olympic career could end today, but theirs is just getting started.” Maddie Mastro finished 12th.

Kyle Mack, Ryan Stassel, Chris Corning, Jamie Anderson, Red Gerard, Hailey Langland, Jessica Jenson, Julia Marino
Kyle Mack, Ryan Stassel, Chris Corning, Jamie Anderson, Red Gerard,
Hailey Langland, Jessica Jenson, Julia Marino

Jamie Anderson battled challenging weather conditions and stiff competition to win gold, defending her slopestyle snowboarding title earned at the 2014 Games. Team USA members Jessica Jenson placed fifth, while Hailey Langland was sixth with one of the few clean second runs. Julia Marino finished 11th.

Jamie Anderson went home with a gold in slopestyle and a silver in big air.
Jamie Anderson went home with a gold in slopestyle and a silver in big air.

Anderson earned a second medal, silver, in the inaugural snowboard big air event at the 2018 Olympics. In big air, the top two scores out of three determine the final rankings. Anderson led the field early with a pair of clean jumps but sat down on the landing of her final run – a double 1080 - leaving the door open for Austria to take gold. US Team members Julia Marino finished 10th and Jessika Jenson was 11th.

Red Gerard came back from behind with his third run to earn a gold medal
Red Gerard came back from behind with his third run to earn a gold medal

Another seventeen-year-old, Red Gerard, came back from eleventh place to win a gold medal with his third run in slopestyle snowboarding. Gerard, who is the youngest Olympic snowboarding gold medalist ever, said “I can’t believe it all worked out. I just wanted to land a run. After falling on my second run, I was really excited for the third run.”

Kyle Mack took silver in the Olympics' first big air event
Kyle Mack took silver in the Olympics’ first big air event

Kyle Mack claimed the silver medal in inaugural Olympic Winter Games snowboard big air event. “I’m really stoked,” Mack said. “I came in with the mindset of doing my backside triple and my frontside 14, and I did it. To land those two tricks right off the bat, took all the pressure off me, and to walk away with a silver medal today is just mind-blowing.” Chris Corning finished fourth, while slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard placed fifth.

Alpine Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in giant slalom and silver in alpine combined
Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in giant slalom and silver in alpine combined

Despite weather delays, Mikaela Shiffrin took home the gold in giant slalom, holding nothing back on her second run. “After Sochi, I set a goal that I wanted to come to the next Olympics and I wanted to be one of the best giant slalom skiers in the world. It’s never easy, and I put a lot of fight into the second run, and it feels incredible.”

Shiffrin added another Olympic medal to her collection with a silver medal in the alpine combined event. Shiffrin’s silver medal followed her gold in giant slalom, making her the first American woman in 66 years to win at least a gold and a silver in alpine skiing at a single Olympics. Her career total stands at three after the Sochi Games, where the American became the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion. Defending her slalom gold title from 2014, Shiffrin just missed the podium this year and finished fourth.

In her final Olympics, Lindsay Vonn took bronze in downhill
In her final Olympics, Lindsay Vonn took bronze in downhill

Racing in her final Olympic downhill race, four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn won the bronze medal, leading three Americans into the top-seven. Alice McKennis, in her second Olympics, came out of the 14th start position to finish fifth. Breezy Johnson, who was competing in her first Olympics, finished seventh. Two-time Olympian Laurenne Ross from Bend, OR, was 15th.

In men’s alpine, fourth-time Olympian Ted Ligety placed 5th in alpine combined and 15th in giant slalom. Ryan Cochran-Siegle led Team USA with 11th in giant slalom and 14th in Super G.

Freeskiing

David Wise successfully defended his gold medal in freeskiing halfpipe, teammate Alex Ferreira took silver
David Wise successfully defended his gold medal in freeskiing halfpipe,
Alex Ferreira took silver

Defending his gold medal in his second Olympics, David Wise layed down a flawless final run to win the gold medal freeskiing halfpipe. “I was hoping to have three runs to kind of work things in; sometimes you have a little bit of a bad landing or whatever - you get a little bit better run by run,” Wise said. “But I had to put it all on the line on run three, and I’m stoked I put it down.” Teammate Alex Ferreira won the silver medal, and was the only skier to post three clean runs. Aaron Blunck finished seventh, while Torin Yater-Wallace was ninth.

Nick Goepper, a graduate of Mt. Hood’s Windell’s Academy (check out the video interview above when he gives Timberline a shout out!), landed an incredible run on his final attempt to take silver in slopestyle skiing. The event was ultra-competitive from start to finish - eight of the 12 qualifiers scored more than 90 points. The final results saw the top five finishers all score 90 points or more. “Wow - today was incredible,” said Goepper. “It was such a pleasure to be a part of the best slopestyle skiing contest in history. Qualifying was mind blowing and finals were two times that. To land my final run and come away with my second Olympic medal is a dream come true.” Teammate Gus Kenworthy, who skiied with a broken thumb and a giant hematoma on his hip, finished 12th. Goepper took slopestyle bronze in 2014.

Brita Sigourney earned the bronze medal in freeskiing halfpipe
Brita Sigourney earned the bronze medal in freeskiing halfpipe

Brita Sigourney nailed her final run to grab the freeskiing halfpipe bronze medal. Sigourney put down solid scores in her first two runs to rank third going into the final run. Fellow American Annalisa Drew briefly overtook Sigourney with a strong final run score, but Sigourney responded, cementing her bronze medal finish. Drew finished fourth.

Maggie Voisin led Team USA with 4th place in slopestyle skiing, while Devin Logan took 10th.

Photos and athlete’s quotes courtesy of U.S. Ski and Snowboard

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Congrats Olympic Gold Medal Snowboarders

02/14/2018

USA sweeps snowboarding events with four gold medals won by Shaun White, Chloe Kim, Jamie Anderson, and Red Gerard. Making Timberline proud, all are athletes who have trained on Mt. Hood.

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USA Cleans Up at PyeongChang

It’s only day five of the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and USA has earned a total of 11 medals, four of which are gold medals won by US snowboarders Shaun White, Chloe Kim, Jamie Anderson, and Red Gerard, all athletes who trained at Timberline Lodge last summer.

Shaun White

In a feat of poetic justice, Shaun White’s medal was the 100th gold medal won by the USA in Winter Games history. This is Shaun’s fourth Olympics and his third halfpipe gold medal. PyeongChang is considered sweet redemption following disappointment in Sochi in 2014. Shaun’s quote from the US Ski & Snowboard Team’s Facebook page sums it up best - “The final run was the best I’ve ever done in my career and I did it when I had to do it - at the clutch moment in front of all my friends and family - and the world was watching.” Check out footage of Shaun training at Timberline last summer with Toby Miller.

Chloe Kim

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Kim made her stunning debut on the Olympic stage with a gold medal in halfpipe snowboard. “It’s really nice to come back to the country where my parents came from and do a good job. I’m really happy!” Joining her on the podium was team member Arielle Gold, who took home the bronze medal.

Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson battled challenging weather conditions and stiff competition to win gold, defending her slopestyle snowboarding title earned at the 2014 Games. “I realized coming into this year that it was a lot of pressure to defend the title especially with the level of riding escalating at a crazy rate,” Anderson said. “Deep down I knew I could do it.”

Red Gerard

Another seventeen-year-old, Red Gerard, came back from eleventh place to win a gold medal with his third run in slopestyle snowboarding. “When that score came up my jaw dropped,” said Red, who is the youngest Olympic snowboarding gold medalist ever. “I was like ‘this isn’t real’. I would have been happy to just land a run, but to land a run and win, it’s crazy.”

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all photos courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard | video courtesy of Redbull

TIMBERLINE TERRAIN PARKS Mountain
Timberline Terrain Parks Update - February 2018

02/08/2018

The Timberline Parks Crew continues to exceed expectations in spite of the springlike weather conditions. Check out the School Yard park extension for beginner freestyle terrain, or rip it up on Conways rebuilt rail line with a "skate park" feel. Timberline's Terrain Parks are the best in the Northwest!

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Timberline Terrain Parks Update - February 8, 2018

The Timberline Parks crew has been maintaining the park in Thunder, and trying to keep everything buried with the recent rain, but it is still in really good shape thanks to our amazing groomers and hand crew. We are in the process of expanding our School Yard park to include the short trail (Walt’s Baby) next to the current park. We did this to open up some space next to the jumps for our groomers, but also to start building some terrain-based learning on the adjacent trail. We look forward to putting some small rollers, berms, and snow cubes in this park as a “first step” into freestyle terrain. Customers will be able to ride small snow features to start getting the basics of freestyle terrain, weighting and unweighting, and edge control over snow features. We have already started building in there, but the lack of snow has put a slight damper on it. Currently there is a set of 3-4 rollers, and two small snow cubes.

The crew just rebuilt the entire rail line in Conways this last week, with a whole new fresh setup. We have rails and snow features littered all over the run, and have heard nothing but good things about the variety and “skate park” feel it gives. Our Conways 4-pack jump line is really good right now. I have heard some local rippers are throwing double corks off the last jump. We also just got our Zaugg Cat up and running. This is the cat we use to cut the flow park/halfpipe transitions. With the lack of snow we are holding off on building our Flow Park, which we typically would build this time of year. We are still waiting on a couple more storms to get enough snow to start building in there. In the meantime, we have started building a mini-Flow Park on the east side of our Conways jumps, we call it the Blossom Flow park. It is smaller scale than what we build in our Flow park, but we have built some rollers, berms, hips, and snow features starting at the top of the lift and extending down to the top of the rail line. We will be adding to this mini Flow park and Zaugging more and more transition everywhere as the conditions allow. We currently have a total of 14 jumps, 7 hips, 37 jibs, and a handful of snow features across four different parks. They are all looking good and ready to endure the spring conditions.

This Sunday, February 11th, we are hosting a USASA slopestyle event in our Conways park. It will be closed for the competition from 10:45am-2:00pm.

~ Tyler Wike, Terrain Park Manager

2018 OLYMPICS Mountain | Community
Best Wishes Olympians!

02/01/2018

The 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang start on Feb. 9 and we couldn't be more excited! As an official training site for the US Ski and Snowobarding teams and avid snowsport fans, we look forward to seeing a few familiar faces competing in South Korea. Best of luck, US Olympians, bring home the gold!

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​2018 OLYMPICS

When the 2018 Olympics kick off on February 9th in PyeongChang, South Korea, we’ll be cheering on friends and athletes on Team USA who have trained at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area on our Palmer Snowfield racing lanes and terrain parks.

“Timberline has a long and storied history as a summer training site for the U.S. Ski Team. From Toni Sailer, Billy Kidd, Steve and Phil Mahre to Ted Ligety; from Cindy Nelson and Picabo Street to Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin ... All have trained at Timberline in the summer as well as virtually all other U.S. Ski Team alpine athletes,” commends Timberline’s president, Jeff Kohnstamm, “We are very proud of this tradition ... to meet the needs of US athletes and promote the world class summer ski and snowboard training that is Timberline’s Palmer Snowfield.”

TRAVEL SAFELY Mountain | Lodge | Community
Tips for Safe and Smart Travel

01/17/2018

Check out Timberline's tips and recommendations for safe and smart travel to Mt. Hood ski resorts. Weekends and holidays are reaching record levels. While there's plenty of room on the slopes, guests need to plan for increased traffic and parking limitations.

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Travel Smart and Safely to Mt. Hood

Oregon state’s population continues to grow with folks migrating here from other states. At Timberline, we’ve recently experienced some record days on the mountain. While there’s plenty of room on the slopes, parking around Mt. Hood has become scarce and unfortunately Timberline cannot accommodate any more cars than our lots allow.

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area was built in the spirit of collaboration and industry, funded by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. Timberline continues to thrive because of the many partnerships with government and private groups it has forged throughout its 75 plus years. One such relationship is the one we have with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Many people don’t realize that Timberline Road is actually OR 173, an Oregon state highway that runs from Hwy 26 in Government Camp through the Timberline parking lot and back again. While Timberline Lodge employs parking lot attendants to clear and manage the lots by the lodge, we rely on ODOT and work closely with them to make sure guests can safely access the lodge every day of the year. Timberline and ODOT share the same objective…to make our guests’ visits to Timberline safe, fun, and memorable.

Our parking lot attendants are on hand to park as many guests as we can fit into the lot. It’s important to follow parking instructions and parking cones at the lodge so we don’t have to prematurely close the lot on a busy weekend. Also, if cars park illegally at the lodge and block roadways, ODOT can have them towed at the owner’s expense.

ODOT is charged with maintaining Hwy 26 and Timberline Road. ODOT manages the digital signs leading up the mountain, advising drivers if and when chains and traction tires are recommended. The ODOT Highway Maintenance Station at the bottom of Timberline Road is cleared with enough space for dozens of vehicles to chain up. Timberline Road does not have any wide shoulders, so it’s crucial that drivers put on chains before driving up to the lodge. This is why we see so many accidents and blockages on Timberline Road, because people fail to chain up before driving up the mountain. Timberline Road can be deceiving…it may look clear at the bottom but elevation rises rapidly and you’ll find yourself stuck halfway up!

How can you make your trip to Timberline safe for you and others on the road?

  • Be prepared for traffic on holidays and weekends. We cannot stress this enough. The Timberline parking lot fills up quickly and can close as early as 8:45am on holidays and weekends. New cars are allowed to enter as others leave, but lots may not reopen completely until 2pm.
  • Allow more than enough time to reach your destination, especially on weekends and holidays.
  • Drive the proper vehicle for snow and icy roads.
  • Do your research. TripCheck has roadcams at various points along Hwy 26 plus alerts with weather warnings.
  • Adjust your speed to the road conditions. Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Carpool, take the Mt Hood Express, or take the Timberline Resort Shuttle. See bus schedules and Timberline’s other suggestions for Travel and Transportation.
  • Carry chains, a snow shovel, de-icer, extra clothing, and kitty litter. Yes, kitty litter. (see below)
  • Pay attention to ODOT digital signs and follow chain-up laws.
  • Breath in. Breath out. Be patient. Be considerate.

Helpful hints from the Timberline parking crew:

  • Don’t get stuck. Use your snow shovel to get unstuck and kitty litter around tires for traction.
  • Throw kitty litter around your tires on the downhill side of the car to prevent it from sliding into the car next to you on icy days.
  • Spread Vaseline on the weather stripping around car doors at the beginning of the season to prevent car doors freezing closed.
  • Know how to properly install chains. On the correct tires.
  • Remember, you’re driving uphill. If you stop, you may not get going again. Rest assured…you’re not stuck, you just can’t go forward. If all’s clear behind you, back on up.
  • Follow parking lot signs and thank your parking lot attendant!
Wally Inouye Community
Helmet Safety Hero

01/16/2018

Legendary skateboarder and Timberline employee Wally Inouye talks about participating in Skatestock V and raising money and awareness for helmet safety. Also, learn about how you can win a Smith Quantum helmet!

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Helmets Save Lives

Legendary skateboarder, ripping snowboarder, Timberline Food & Beverage Manager, and local legend Tom “Wally” Inouye was asked to participate in Houston’s Skatestock V in October. With art, live music, skateboard legends, and plenty of skateboarding, Skatestock raises money and awareness for helmet safety. In the spirit of NSAA’s National Safety Month and Lids on Kids, we wanted to share his recap of this important event and emphasize the importance of wearing a helmet on the slopes and on your skateboard.

Tom

My journey started a few months before hand when I got the call and was asked to join in on Skatestock V. Of course the opportunity to ride my skateboard in two of the best skateparks in the U.S., Lee and Joe Jamail Park and North Houston Park, has something to do with my decision to attend! North Houston Skatepark is better known as the largest park in the U.S. It covers an impressive 75,000 square feet and was built by our own Northwest company Grindline. I was also asked to paint one of the helmets (provided by S-One Helmets) to be auctioned off.

Next I started getting texts from the likes of Doug “Pineapple” Saladino, Brad Bowman, Steve Olson, Tony Alva, John “Tex” Gibson, Pat Black, Craig Johnson, and Jerry Valdez as well as young guns Chris Russel and Alex Sorgente. Now its game on! Some of these guys I’ve been skating with since we were teenagers some 40 years ago. Now on the music side of things texts are coming in from Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, Tim Kerr of Monkeywrench, and Ron Emory of TSOL, yes they are all skaters. We will all fly in on Friday and meet up in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency to talk stories of the golden years and catch up on what everyone has been up.

I flew in a few days early to get my skate legs in order and as a gracious as he is Jerry Goodsen of OFCS skateboards invited me to stay until the rest of the fellows came in. We hit both of the skateparks. We also toured some of the neighborhoods that were hit the hardest by the devastating floods a few weeks earlier. For most skaters, disasters that hit neighborhoods means empty swimming pools and we did find a few. Sorry, saving those stories for myself…

Saturday, the day of the event, as you skate into the park you pass graffiti artists spray painting billboards and come to the table with several painted helmets done by most of the skaters and musicians. Not really paying attention to the crowd of kids and parent, I soon get bombarded by a flock of skaters young and old asking for my autograph. I spend the twenty minutes signing boards, posters, and helmets. I still can’t really grasp that 40-year-old skaters are super excited to meet me, I guess it just validates what I did as a teenager and that after all these years I had an impact on them. Soon it was off to the kidney pool to skate with some of my childhood heroes like Tony Alva and Pineapple.

So the main reason we all participated in Skatestock V was to bring awareness to the importance of wearing a helmet. I almost always wear a helmet skateboarding but ALWAYS put on helmet while I snowboard. We have lost some great skateboarders, snowboarders, and skiers from massive head injuries due to not wearing a helmet. It only takes one blow to the head to change your life forever. It is so sad that many people think helmets aren’t cool, but it’s more uncool to be sitting in a wheelchair or even worst leave this life just because you didn’t wear one. In the end we only have one brain so let’s protect it.

The event was very successful and we raised a bunch of money to purchase helmets that we can hand out to whomever needs one.

The Smith Quantum Snow Helmet in Matte Thunder Gray

In honor of National Safety Month, we’ll be giving away a Smith Quantum Snow Helmet (Size L, Matte Thunder Gray, $300 retail value) on Saturday, January 27th. The helmet will be hidden in one of Timberline’s Wy’East Day Lodge food outlets…the one who finds it keeps it!

Photos by Eric Sauseda

TIMBERLINE TREE Lodge | Community
A good old-fashioned tree raising

12/07/2017

It takes about a dozen people, lots of rope, and a winch to haul and erect Timberline's 30' Christmas tree. It will take a lot more to get it decorated. Join us for the tree lighting ceremony on December 8th at 6pm.

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A Labor of Love and the Holiday Spirit

On Thursday, December 7th, twelve members of Timberline’s management, maintenance, and housekeeping team worked together to haul Timberline’s massive Christmas tree into the lodge through the back patio, up through the Cascade Dining Room, and into the Main Headhouse. Using a winch from the Ram’s Head Bar Mezzanine one floor up, the tree was lifted into place. The maintenance crew worked together to get the trunk centered in its stand and tethered in place, while housekeeping mopped up the melting snow that fell from the tree’s branches. It’s now ready to be lit and decorated at Timberline’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 8th at 6pm. This event is open to the public…join us!

Every Tree Has a Story

This year’s tree was provided by Denise and Lawrence Pearson. Denise is an Ohio native. Growing up, Denise and her family drove out to Oregon every year in a 1947 Chevy to visit Timberline Lodge. They would stay and play on Mt. Hood.

Lawrence is a native Oregonian who fell in love with Denise and continued the tradition of traveling up to the mountain to go inner-tubing with Denise and their friends. Denise and Lawrence got married at Timberline Lodge on Christmas Eve in 1977. They arrived at Timberline in a 1960 VW Van with the wedding party inside. Theirs was the first wedding in the C.S. Price wing, which was added onto the main lodge in 1977. After the ceremony the whole wedding party bundled up and went out on the hill to inner-tube.

Denise and Lawrence relocated from Portland to Sandy, OR, where they purchased a 200-acre farm on Coleman Road. This property was part of the Leigh Coleman homestead. Coleman was one of the original Mazamas to first climb the Mt. Hood. Denise and Lawrence cleared some of the land, removing some of the existing trees. Denise then planted 50 Nobel firs as part of a replanting program. We are honored to be presenting one of Denise & Lawrence’s 30-foot Nobel firs for the holiday season at Timberline lodge.

PALMER SKIER Mountain
Palmer Open Weekends

10/19/2017

Timberline is pleased to announce it will be opening Palmer Snowfield on weekends for skiing and snowboarding starting Oct. 7 and 8 (weather permitting) for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Get your 2017/2018 Timberline Season Pass and start using it this weekend!

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Timberline to open Palmer October 7th for advanced skiers & riders

Timberline is pleased to announce it opened Palmer Snowfield on weekends for skiing and snowboarding starting Oct. 8 (weather permitting). The Palmer Chairlift will operate from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Lift tickets are $61 each and will be available at Guest Services in Timberline’s Wy’East Day Lodge. 2017/2018 Timberline Season Pass holders may use their new pass!

There will be some snow grooming on Palmer for a better experience; however, conditions can change rapidly. Early season snow conditions are extremely variable with the possibility of ice in the mornings and thaw in the afternoon. Skiers and riders are urged to use extreme caution. The Palmer Snowfield is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only.

Stay tuned to the Timberline Lodge Conditions page for future operating times and lift schedule. The operating schedule will be dependent on weather conditions.

Terrain parks are not scheduled to open at this time.

For those not interested in skiing or riding but very interested in seeing the snow at Timberline, come up and enjoy hiking and sightseeing around the lodge (sledding and tubing is not permitted). Many of Timberline’s Mt. Hood restaurants will also be open offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks with a view.

Be advised: Palmer Snowfield conditions are suitable for advanced skiers and riders only.

Be aware and be safe, early season conditions exist.

Purchase your Timberline Season Pass!

TIMBERLINE TUCKER Mountain | Lodge | Dining
What’s New 2017/2018

10/11/2017

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area gears up for another great winter season with improvements and innovations on-hill and in the lodge.

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Timberline continues to invest in innovations and infrastructure to exceed guest expectations in 2018

Timberline Website

In September, Timberline launched a new, streamlined website at timberlinelodge.com. Hammerquist Studios, a Seattle-based company with a focus on adventure travel and outdoor sports, designed the fresh and clean website with our guests in mind. Featuring a modern yet nostalgic feel, the new website is easier to use with vivid photography and a narrative that tells the unique story of historic Timberline Lodge and Ski Area. Improvements include a 3D virtual tour, on-line dining reservations (coming soon), and HD web cams.

Timberline Snowcat Purchases

During the 2017/2018 season, Timberline will take delivery of two more new PistenBully Park Pro Snowcats. The new machines will join the five Park Pro Snowcats that have been used for the past two seasons at Timberline. The Park Pro is a great performer, from trail grooming to building and shaping the most progressive terrain park features imaginable. This substantial investment will ensure Timberline remains at the leading edge of grooming quality and park design.

New Motor on the Palmer Chairlift

Recently, the 600-horse power, 8000+ pound, main drive motor of Palmer was removed and transported for service. In addition to the challenge of physically getting the motor out and back into the lift house, it heads to Portland for a dip-and-bake, a conventional method of applying varnish. The process involves removing the electric motor coil, dipping it in a vat, and then baking for a time. Now serviced, the motor is as good as new and ready to power the iconic Palmer Chair for many summers to come.

New Terrain Park Features

This year, the Timberline Parks Crew is excited to build a rail trailer. The trailer will be loaded with features destined for Conway’s Terrain Park. This new piece of equipment will allow the crew to have rails ready to set upon opening without having to fight the snow-covered rail piles, getting terrain park product out on the hill and open quickly.

Among the new features being created, Timberline is building a “waterfall” rail.

Timberline Discover Pass

For only $149, Timberline is offering a beginner season pass this year to encourage guests that anyone can learn to ski and “practice makes perfect”. The Discover Pass includes unlimited Bruno’s Chair access and unlimited beginner rentals for the 2017/2018 season. This is a great way for beginners to improve their skills and gain confidence on the slopes at a fraction of the normal price. A day of beginner rentals can run about $40 per day, while daily lift tickets are $47-$71 depending on your age. A Discover Pass pays for itself in just two visits. Discover Pass holders also get a 20% discount on Discover Program and Kids Club lessons.

Discover Pass holders can upgrade to a regular Timberline Season Pass at any time by paying the difference at Tier 2 pricing. This equates to $400 for adults 25-64, $170 for teens/young adults 15-24, and $50 for kids and seniors. The unlimited beginner rental benefit does expire with the upgrade.

All Timberline Season Passes are good through May 28, 2018. 2017/2018 Season Passes are on sale now.

Mt. Hood Brewing Co. - Timberline Tucker Double IPA

The Timberline Tucker Double IPA celebrates innovation in Oregon hop growing and the Mt. Hood Brewing Co.’s long time relationship with Timberline Lodge. A heaping dose of Oregon State’s latest aroma variety hop, Strata (formerly X-331), is used to brew the Timberline Tucker. At this point, Strata is only being grown in very small quantities. Timberline Lodge and the Mt. Hood Brewing Co. supports Oregon State’s breeding research to develop new varieties with interesting qualities by showcasing this promising hop. Oregon State is doing stellar work with this project. The Tucker Snowcat, an iconic image that has been associated with the lodge for many decades, is worthy of the label. The classic machine embodies the rugged, harsh conditions of Mt. Hood but also the playful nature of the mountain.

Timberline Tucker Double IPA is a massive punch of grapefruit and pine, with a solid platform of rich malt to balance. Available in cans and on tap, Timberline Tucker can be enjoyed at the Mt. Hood Brewing Co. in Government Camp and at the Y’Bar and Phlox Point Cabin at Timberline Lodge.

Timberline Lodge Partners with Traeger Grills

Timberline Lodge’s new partnership with Traeger Grills is the perfect complement to the lodge’s innovative food and beverage program. Traeger Grills are natural wood pellet smokers that help people cook delicious food outdoors. Pure hardwood is the fuel for Traeger’s signature flavor. Traeger Grills have been inspiring Timberline Executive Chef Jason Stoller Smith since before he got his first Traeger, over 10 years ago.

With this partnership, Timberline gets four Traeger Grills to use throughout its seven Mt. Hood restaurants. At Timberline’s Labor Day Mountain Music Festival, guests enjoyed brisket, corn, and chicken smoked on Traeger’s Double Commercial Grill Trailer. This winter, guests will enjoy Timberline proprietary beef and other Northwest-grown meat smoked on Traeger’s Pro Series 34 Grill and two of Traeger’s new Timberline 1300 Grills. While the Timberline Traeger is not named after the historic lodge, the name perfectly lends itself to the partnership.

Timberline and Stanley-DeWalt Partnership

New this season, Timberline is proud to announce a brand new partnership with the Stanley-DeWalt Tool Group. Guests can expect to see these great tools on and off the hill and at all tech benches within the ski area. It is very exciting to begin a partnership with such a strong American brand on Timberline’s 80th anniversary year. The team at Timberline Lodge looks forward to maintaining everything from the lifts, to the lodge, to skis and snowboards with Stanley-DeWalt products.

FDR Lodge
Celebrating Timberline Lodge at 80

09/28/2017

September 28th marks 80 years to the day
since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s motorcade wound its way up Mount Hood in order to deliver the president and first lady to a magnificent and nearly finished Timberline Lodge...

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Earlier that morning, the president had presided over the dedication ceremonies of Bonneville Dam. This was a big day for Oregon.
Following a Works Progress Administration sponsored music and dance presentation in Timberline’s outdoor amphitheater, the president stood at a podium on the Lodge’s front terrace and gazed southward to those assembled in the parking lot. He looked out over an impressive view of the forest below and the beautiful sweep of the Cascade Mountains and proceeded to dedicate Timberline Lodge “as a monument to the skill and faithful performance of workers on the rolls of the Works Progress Administration.” He stressed the benefits of recreation, and the point that Timberline was “a place to play for generations of Americans in the days to come.”


The project provided jobs to an idled economy, and recreational infrastructure for a young nation. All across this land, and to this day, we enjoy the fruits of their labor.
At a time when people were questioning the American Dream, wondering if the so-called “American Experiment” had perhaps failed, Timberline Lodge, Bonneville Dam, and many other Government sponsored public works of the day became examples of what could be done in a land that had seemed to have lost its universal promise.
Unlike most WPA projects however, Timberline was not a big utility project. Instead, it was of all things, a ski lodge; a place for recreation, contemplation, health, and enjoyment.
It was to be a place that celebrated the region and its natural environment and reflected an indigenous and organic style of architecture. It was to be a place for the people, and a catalyst for community. As WPA administrator Harry Hopkins wrote, it was to be “an investment in social usefulness.”

Funded as a Federal Arts Project, Timberline Lodge focused on architecture, old-world quality, fine art, and craftsmanship. In the end, it was to be a work of art itself, and indeed, it became the northwest’s crown jewel for the WPA. Timberline stood as a symbol of hope and purpose and became representative of the notion that when government works with the people, it can provide solutions to some of society’s biggest problems. So when Roosevelt took his place at the podium on that September day in 1937, there was excitement, pride, and a strong sense of accomplishment among those assembled. TheTimberline Lodge project had been good for Oregon, and good for Oregonians.

Today, the Lodge is an Oregon icon. It has become an essential place for retreat and recreation, and a place to celebrate our life in the mountains. It is a source of Oregon pride, and had become a part of Oregon’s cultural DNA. When guests are visiting from out of state, Oregonians often take them to their beloved mountain lodge, and they often take the same lovely drive up the Gorge that President and Mrs. Roosevelt took so many years ago. It has been said that our future lies in preserving and celebrating our history. Happy birthday Timberline Lodge!

Jon Tullis is the Director of Public
Affairs for RLK and Company.

fire sculpture Mountain | Community
Fire Sculpture

09/19/2017

Timberline unveils new fire sculpture on the back patio. Timberline Lodge partnered with Orion Forge of Bend, OR, on this stunning new addition to the back patio. Spearheaded by Timberline’s Assistant GM, Scott Skellenger, the fire pit is as much a piece of art as it is an amenity for our guests’ enjoyment. The sculpture weighs in at 1000 pounds and was hauled onto the patio by a Timberline snowcat and crew of heavy lifters.

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Timberline unveils new fire sculpture on the back patio.

The sculpture weighs in at 1000 pounds and was hauled onto the patio by a Timberline snowcat and crew of heavy lifters. It was our honor to work with 4th generation Timberline

Lodge blacksmith Hunter Dahlberg of Orion Forge, who describes his process below.

Building this fire sculpture has been an amazing and
engaging project – not just because of the technical nuts and bolts of building
a fairly complex piece, but also due to the history of smithing and the sheer
amount of high quality forged work up at the Lodge. The knowledge of all the
fine smiths that have worked there makes us feel so thankful for the opportunity
to do what we love and contribute to the rich ironwork heritage on the
mountain.

The design is clearly inspired by the tradition of
blacksmithing at Timberline: giant tongs, the forge-like fire pot, and the
anvil of course. Some of the harder edges are softened by the curves, making
what could be an intimidating space more welcoming. The piece is designed to
draw people in and invite them to stay awhile and share with one another.
Hopefully it fosters not only an appreciation for craftsmanship, but in a broader
sense creates an atmosphere of community and connection.

We used antique as well as modern tools to build the
sculpture – each time we reached for a modern tool we’d ask ourselves, what
would O.B. Dawson do? Russ Maugans? Darryl Nelson? We always came around to the
idea that most smiths would use the best tool for the job, and that traditional
work could be accomplished with modern means. And, at any rate – the forging,
especially the large tongs, was done pretty much the only way it could be done,
the old fashioned way.

The anvil perched atop the piece is a Vulcan brand, not a
brand that’s revered as a great anvil among smiths, but certainly a brand that
has been around a long time, and one with beautiful lines. The iconic shape
serves to draw people in – I’m sure you’ve seen it in the lodge a million
times, how tourists will stand in front of the anvil on the main floor and just
admire it.

The tongs act as a support for the large round table, in
fact, the table will move slightly within the jaws of the tongs – and that’s on
purpose! We want folks to discover that the tongs are real – and doing what
tongs do.

We’ve included the snow goose symbol and also the “hands
working together” symbol from the fireplace stone carving. The goose is clearly
so strongly associated with Timberline that it had to have a place on the
sculpture, and the hands working together symbol, while more obscure,
represents the many crafts, craftspeople, and skill sets that enabled, and
continues to enable, the lodge to exist. We are honored to become a part of
that lineage, in whatever small way.

Ultimately, we hope this piece serves as a warm and cheerful
gathering place, surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountain and the
grandeur of the Lodge. This fire sculpture is a fresh element of the whole
Timberline experience and we hope it can inspire people to marvel at what can
be accomplished with many hands working together just as the Lodge does.


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DISCOVER PASS Mountain
Discover Pass

09/19/2017

Timberline is offering a beginner season pass this year to encourage guests that “practice makes perfect” and anyone can learn to ski! The Discover Pass includes unlimited Bruno’s Chair access and unlimited beginner rentals for the 2017/2018 season.

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For only $149, Timberline is offering a

beginner season pass this year to encourage guests that “practice makes
perfect” and anyone can learn to ski! The Discover Pass includes unlimited
Bruno’s Chair access and unlimited beginner rentals for the 2017/2018 season.
This is a great way for beginners to improve their skills and gain confidence
on the slopes at a fraction of the normal price. Consider this…a day of
beginner rentals can run about $40 per day, while daily lift tickets are
$47-$71 depending on your age. A Discover Pass pays for itself in just two
visits!

Discover Pass holders also get a 20% on Discover
Program group lessons or Kids Club lessons.

Discover Pass holders can upgrade to a regular Timberline
Season Pass at any time by paying the difference at Tier 2 pricing. This
equates to $400 for adults 25-64, $170 for teens/young adults 15-24, and $50
for kids and seniors. The unlimited beginner rental benefit does expire with
the upgrade.

All Timberline Season
Passes are good from opening day (TBA) through May 28, 2018, 2017/2018 Season Passes are on sale now.

BILL Mountain | Community
Bill Brett

09/19/2017

Bill Brett, the now retired mountain manager from Timberline Resort, OR, is the 2017 Recipient of the PNSAA Tower of Excellence Award.

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BILL BRETT, THE NOW RETIRED MOUNTAIN MANAGER FROM

TIMBERLINE RESORT, OR, IS THE 2017 RECIPIENT OF THE PNSAA TOWER OF EXCELLENCE

AWARD. HERE’S HIS STORY ON LIFT MECHANICS IN SOME OF THE U.S.’S TOUGHEST WEATHER.

“Here at Timberline, we built the first Palmer lift; a Riblet fixed double in 1977 to 1978. It was the dream of Richard Kohnstamm,

the owner, to have chairlift access to the upper mountain. Mr. Kohnstamm was a

29-year old social worker/investor who rescued Timberline from bankruptcy in
1957. It took a few years of fighting for it, and finally, we got the
permission to do the construction.

It took us a couple of years to build this lift as the
weather tore it down while building it in the first twelve months. During that
first installation, the lift was about ready for chairs when an October ice
storm moved in.

The weather left two feet of rime ice built up around the
haul rope, then the wind started blowing and blew three towers over. Nobody had
constructed a chair in that environment before, and while Riblet was willing to
install the project, nobody knew what was going to happen with those kinds of
loads. These towers were not the tripod style towers we have today. It was a
learning experience. An interesting note is that the Palmer Lift was originally
going to be Riblet’s first detachable. They never built the grip, and we used
to joke about Riblet not figuring out how to get the clip in and out of the
rope fast enough.

Mt Bachelor and Mt Hood Meadows both enjoy working in the
same weather as Timberline. There is also a lot of information and learning
coming out of New Zealand where there is some big icing. I’ve gleaned some
wisdom out of those areas, but from an operating standpoint, the location of
Timberline is the most challenging. But while it’s severe, it’s the challenge
of it that keeps you going. The people who work around this stuff for a living
are high in character. I think of people like R.J. Knight who would be splicing
up on Palmer with two inches of ice in his beard in his frozen coveralls while the
rest of our crew was wearing rain gear. R.J.’d just keep on and finish the job.

The biggest challenge with year-round operations is we don’t
have a full season of lift down time like other resorts. So we just keep
working consistently between weather and schedules. We operate our lifts
year-round, and Timberline has the longest ski season in North America.

Timberline used to be a little area, just busy on the
weekends, quiet during the week, with one ski patroller. The most significant
change that ever happened was the expanded summer ski operation
when we built the chair on the upper mountain. That changed the whole picture
of Timberline and how it turned into a world-class destination during the
summer months. Funny — a lot of people in Portland who ski here in the
wintertime don’t even know we ski in the summer time. Most of our guests are
from all over the world as there are a limited number of places to ski during
this season.

The Palmer lift closes during the winter months. Besides the
rime ice, there can be winds up to 100 miles per hour. When winter comes to the
lower lands, and the boss says it’s time to put Palmer to bed, we have a
system, what we call “winter assemblies” that are mounted twelve feet below the
cross arms for strength. We drop and secure the rope in those assemblies for
the winter.

WY EAST Dining
Wy’East Cafe Remodel

09/06/2017

Timberline Lodge’s Cascade Dining Room is world renowned. However, what people are talking about this winter is the new Wy’East Cafe, located across from the historic lodge, in the Wy’East Day Lodge.

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TIMBERLINE’S NEW WY’EAST CAFÉ A BIG HIT WITH SKIERS

Timberline Lodge’s Cascade Dining Room is world renowned. However, what people are talking about this winter is the new Wy’East Cafe, located across from the historic lodge, in the Wy’East Day Lodge. Having faced challenges with the food program in the Day Lodge since its construction in 1980, Timberline’s management recently decided on a complete remodel.

The project for the new Wy’East Cafe was collaboration between Timberline, Skylab Architecture, JBK Kitchen Consultants, and Lorentz Bruun Construction, all of Portland, Oregon. The design team, led by Donnie Schmidt of Skylab, took inspiration from design features and geometry found in the historic Timberline Lodge. These elements were combined with the appearance and function of a high-traffic food court designed for people on the go. “The idea,” explains Timberline operator Jeff Kohnstamm, “was to speed up the whole process while improving food quality and giving the customer a more personal and dynamic experience.” To achieve a made-to-order food venture, the team realized early on that a completely modernized kitchen was needed. They settled on what is called a “scatter system” organized around an octagonal “servery.”

Customer survey feedback helped in determining the menu. It was designed to provide a variety of healthy, hearty, and convenient meal options catering to active skiers and snowboarders.

Once the design was set, JBK brought on Curtis Restaurant Equipment of Beaverton, Oregon. With the demands of brand new kitchen equipment and specialized lighting, Bruun Construction brought on Christiansen Electrical, also of Portland.

To create a dynamic aesthetic to the restaurant, the design incorporates large photographs taken by Portland climbing legend and professional photographer Boone Speed. These photographs of mountain landscapes and chairlift elements were enlarged and transferred to wood paneling at Forge Graphics in Portland, then assembled on site by Overkill Design and Creation, of Beaverton. The photographs are featured in the restaurant’s seating area within a 130 ft. long display wall which is wrapped in striking geometric designs, again inspired by patterns found throughout the resort.

By widening the door and creating a very inviting entranceway, the new design allowed the space to become a focal ending point, a destination itself, just off the central mall of the Day Lodge. Installing new metal signs, which utilize the original custom font found throughout the Day Lodge, was the finishing touch. Upon completion, the finished product looked great, but was untested. Timberline readied itself for the upcoming ski season. Then, snow fever hit, and Oregonians by the thousands flocked to the ski area to enjoy some of the best holiday ski conditions in years. As the snow piled up outside, the new Wy’East Cafe provided a cozy yet stimulating gathering place and fed the masses in style, and in record time. Good design, and a commitment to quality proved their worth.

BRUNO Dogs
Meet Bruno

09/06/2017

Timberline Lodge welcomes Bruno, the new St. Bernard Mascot!

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TIMBERLINE LODGE WELCOMES BRUNO, THE NEW ST. BERNARD MASCOT

Oregon’s historic Timberline Lodge is a place of traditions. One such tradition continues this week with the arrival of a new Bruno, an adorable St. Bernard puppy. St. Bernards are commonly associated with snow-capped mountains. These large dogs are resistant to cold and have an uncanny sense of smell and direction. They earned their name for saving lives in the Alps’ St. Bernard Pass between Switzerland and Italy in the 1700s. St. Bernards have been a part of Timberline’s traditions since 1937, when Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the lodge. The first Timberline St. Bernards were reportedly Hansel and Gretel, and then Lady and Bruel. For a brief time, the St. Bernard mascots were replaced with Huskies when the Kohnstamm family took over management of the lodge in the 1950s. The first mascot under the Kohnstamms’ watch was Mac, who belonged to an employee. Then, due to popular demand, the Kohnstamms reintroduced St. Bernards. Since the early 1960s the lodge has had St. Bernards named Heidi and Bruno. They lived at Timberline, had free-roam of the building, and greeted countless visitors, skiers, and climbers. The dogs have been featured in the ski area’s brochures, ski pins, posters, and on Timberline Lodge matchbook covers. In the 1980s a children’s book, “Heidi’s Rose,” was published. In more recent years, the dogs have been featured in many of the outdoor-oriented fashion catalogs that are often photographed at the lodge. Guests can also purchase their own plush Heidi or Bruno at Timberline’s gift shops.

In the mid 1990s, their job as mascots became more stressful. The increasing volume of visitors to Timberline Lodge became a bit of a burden on the dogs, leading to concerns for their health and demeanor. After considering the situation, management molded the long-term tradition to a changing world and came up with a wonderful solution involving employees. Since that time, rather than allow the dogs to live independently at the lodge, Heidi and Bruno have belonged to long-term employees who become their primary caregivers and alpha masters. The dogs cheerfully come and go to work with their appointed alpha master, still spending most of their time at the lodge carrying on the tradition and bringing happiness to Timberline’s many visitors.

This week, Ski Area Sales Manager Kim Nylund has taken on the master responsibilities of a very playful and sweet purebred male St. Bernard mascot. He comes from the same breeder and lineage as Heidi, Timberline’s female St. Bernard, who is about a year and a half old. While Heidi is based at Timberline’s Front Desk in the Main Lodge, Bruno will be stationed across the parking lot at the Wy’East Day Lodge. At just 11 weeks old, Bruno is already getting a lot of attention at Timberline.

MEET BRUNO AT TIMBERLINE’S WY’EAST DAY LODGE MOST TUESDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYS

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US Ski and Snowboard Teams select Timberline Lodge

02/15/2017

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has been selected by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) as an official summer training site. Olympic athletes in all disciplines, including alpine racing, snowboarding, freestyle, and freeskiing, will be traveling from all over the United States and beyond to participate in summer training at Timberline.

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Timberline Lodge named official training site for US Ski Team, US Snowboarding, and US Freeskiing

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has been selected by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) as an official summer training site. Olympic athletes in all disciplines, including alpine racing, snowboarding, freestyle, and freeskiing, will be traveling from all over the United States and beyond to participate in summer training at Timberline.

“Timberline has a long and storied history as a summer training site for the U.S. Ski Team. From Toni Sailer, Billy Kidd, Steve and Phil Mahre to Ted Ligety; from Cindy Nelson and Picabo Street to Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin ... All have trained at Timberline in the summer as well as virtually all other U.S. Ski Team alpine athletes,” commends Timberline’s president, Jeff Kohnstamm, “We are very proud of this tradition and have worked with USSA to formalize our relationship. This will further meet the needs of US athletes and promote the world class summer ski and snowboard training that is Timberline’s Palmer Snowfield.”

Palmer Snowfield

Timberline has long been recognized as a premier training facility for Olympic ski and snowboarding teams from all over the world. Mt. Hood was quickly put on a global ski racing stage as THE place to train in the summer when the original Palmer Chairlift opened for the 1978 summer ski season. In 1996, the current Palmer Chair, a high speed detachable quad, was installed and quickly began transporting athletes to the top of the Palmer Snowfield. With the new lift and upgrades in snow management, Timberline held firm to its reputation as the best destination in North America for summer training.

The ease of travel and accessibility of the Palmer snowfield makes it a clear choice for U.S. Ski and Snowboard athletes. Quick turn around times on the lift and perfectly groomed lanes ensure that a day spent on the snow field is 100% productive.

U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing will be training in High Cascade Snowboard Camp’s and Windells Camp’s world-renowned terrain parks, utilizing some of the best freestyle terrain on the planet. Some of the features available to the team will be a full 22-foot halfpipe, 22-foot pipe with airbag, large jump to airbag, and every type of freestyle feature found in today’s top terrain parks. That coupled with camp-specific handle tows will allow team members to access parks without lapping Palmer chair.

The US Ski Team will have their own racing lanes reserved on Palmer as well.

The 2017 summer training season was especially important. The 2018 Winter Olympics take place in PeongChang, South Korea, Feb. 9 - 25, 2018. Timberline looks forward to continuing our relationship with U.S. Ski and Snowboard and hosting US Olympic medal winners in summer 2018!

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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area offers the longest ski season in North America. The winter season typically begins early to mid-November and continues through Memorial Day. The Palmer Express high-speed quad lift operates later into the summer season, usually June 1st through Labor Day.

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