Timberline's Pucci lift is getting an upgrade this summer from the existing triple chair setup to a high-speed detachable quad. This upgrade will increase uphill capacity with a user-friendly top terminal for speedy unloading.


Thank you to everyone who purchased a Pucci chair! We sold out in a matter of hours with 80% of the proceeds going to charity.

Update: 4/5/2020

Dear Pucci Chair Recipients,

As many of you know, COVID-19 has forced the suspension of Timberline operations for an undetermined amount of time. The crushing effects on our employees and business continuity cannot be understated. There is a plan to ramp up when the time is right and a genuine intention to offer a late spring skiing experience. Part of this plan also includes evaluating and prioritizing capital projects such as chairlift replacements.

None of us are in this alone. Doppelmayr, our chairlift supplier for the new Pucci, is also in a state of uncertainty around delivering on projects such as the Pucci replacement scheduled for summer 2020.

We would like nothing more than to bring back our mountain operations team as soon as possible, get the lifts running, prepare for our summer snow program on Palmer and begin construction on a new chairlift. Unfortunately today, there is simply too much uncertainty in business continuity and the supply chain to tell you construction will begin this summer.

Your chairs will not be available for pick-up in April. If we are able to begin construction on the new Pucci this summer, we will provide pick-up details at that time. If we are not able to begin construction this summer, your Pucci chairs will live another year at Timberline and will be available for pick-up in spring of 2021.

Timberline cannot thank you enough for your support and the donations you made to the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum and the Friends of Timberline. Please stay tuned for updates, stay well and stay home. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Mt. Hood when the time is right.


We successfully raised $17,600 each for Friends of Timberline and the Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum.

All chairs must be picked up in mid-April. The exact dates are to be determined based on how quickly our lift ops team is able to dismantle the lift, but we will allot a 2-3 day period encompassing a weekend in April. Chairs that aren’t retrieved at that time will be resold. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate specific chair number requests. Charitable donation tax letters will be given to buyers at time of pick-up.


The original Pucci Chairlift was installed in 1956 and replaced in 1987 with the current chairlift. This fixed-grip triple chairllift was designed to operate at 1,800 pph but was lowered to 1,330 pph due to loading and unloading problems. It is the oldest lift in the network. The Pucci Chairlift services beginner and novice terrain with some lower intermediate terrain. The top terminal of the Pucci Chairlift is located south of the Timberline Lodge and west of Wy’East Day Lodge

The Pucci Chairlift will be replaced as a detachable quad with an hourly capacity of 1,800 pph. The chairlift replacement would use the existing lift corridor, resulting in the same slope length and elevation gain as the existing lift and would use eleven out of the twelve existing lift towers. The replacement would add two new towers: one adjacent to the top terminal and the other near the bottom terminal.
The replacement will facilitate easier and more efficient loading and unloading, which will result in fewer chairlift stoppages due to misloading. The chairlift ride will also be faster than the current lift, reducing ride time from approximately 6.5 minutes to 4.5 minutes. In addition, as the Pucci Chairlift serves as a “step up” from the beginner terrain, providing a more user-friendly chairlift will enhance the beginner and intermediate skier/snowboarder experience. Due to the slight increase in Pucci Chairlift’s hourly capacity, overall resort capacity will increase slightly from 3,990 to 4,030 guests following the Pucci Chairlift replacement.

EMILIO PUCCI AND RLK Designer Emilio Pucci pictured with Timberline operator R.L. Kohnstamm

The Pucci Chairlift is named for Italian fashion designer Emilio Pucci, a 1937 graduate of Reed College in Portland. He initially came to America as a representative of the Italian ski team at the 1932 Winter Olympics in New York.

Perhaps better known for the bright, swirly prints that made him famous in the 1950s and 1960s, Pucci actually got his start in fashion designing clothes for the Reed College ski team. He attended Reed on full scholarship in exchange for developing and coaching the college’s first ski team. Pucci and his team practiced and competed on Mt. Hood before Timberline Lodge was even built, forging ski trails without the convenience of chairlifts.

In 1955 the original Pucci center pole double chair was installed over those trails originally developed by Pucci and the Reed College ski team. It was built to supplement Timberline’s first and original chair, the Magic Mile single chair, which was installed in 1939, extensively rebuilt in 1955 and replaced with a double in 1962.

The Pucci triple fixed-grip chairlift replaced the original double in 1987. The Pucci chair deposits uphill skiers on the west side of the lodge near the swimming pool.

Photo courtesy of the Friends of Timberline

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