A Couple Of New, Revitalized Chairlifts Streamline Skiing, Riding In Oregon
With an even dozen ski areas within its borders, Oregon tends toward the low-key and local vibe at its winter resorts that, because of new operators and new money, continue to upgrade.
From top, the 34-year-old Skyliner high-speed quad at Mt. Bachelor had have major repairs in 2022 in order to operate last season. So mountain management has replaced it with a new Skyliner with six pack.
The new chair -- the first six-seater on the 4,100-acre mountain -- should give relief to base-area workhorses Pine Marten and Sunrise chairs, located on either side of the new Skyliner. It also will deliver more carver-dudes to the central mountain cruisers, and more park-rats to the resort's substantial cadre of Woodward terrain parks.
Over on Mt. Hood Meadows, another six-pack replaces an aging four-seater. A new Mt. Hood Express went in this summer to upgrade the original high-speed, installed in 1994. Increased capacity should help, since the new chair is one of three that haul skiers and riders out of the main base and onto the upper mountain. The resort has also gone cashless this season.
And up at year-round Timberline, there's a new conveyor to help develop a new learning area off Bruno's run.
New operators debuted this season at Willamette Pass, and the mountain will be open seven days a week for the first time since 2007. The Power Pass combine dropped cash on snowmaking and grooming, and expects to reopen the Midway chair. Squeezed between the Eagle Peak Accelerator high-speed and Twilight fixed-grip triple, the Midway last spun in 2015 to pull folks out of the base.
At Mt. Ashland, the nonprofit local hill has added a third night of twilight skiing and riding on Saturday and, in conjunction with that, now sells of Twilight Skiing pass. There are more snowcats in the fleet.
In the future, Mt. Ashland is set to revitalize the beginner area around the base lodge with a new chair that will run where the former Poma lift did. With it, skiers and riders won't have to hike out or use Comer lift to get back.
And, now at Hoodoo, kids ages 10 and under get free skiing and riding all season. Oldsters get a break, too, with $49 ticket for those 75 and older. Night lights got an upgrade.