New Quad chairlift at Mt.Hood for 2011/12

Fri 30 September 11

Mt. Hood Meadows is constructing its first lift since 2005. Stadium, one of Meadows’ original lifts, is being replaced with a new generation Poma high speed detachable quad

New Quad chairlift at Mt.Hood for 2011/12

New Quad chairlift at Mt.Hood for 2011/12 © ©2005 Dean Blotto Gray

The new, modern lift will represent a significant upgrade over the existing Stadium fixed grip double. Maximum uphill capacity will reach 2,000 people per hour, versus the current maximum capacity of 1,200 which the current lift rarely achieves. With a more robust design the new lift will be more stable in high winds and will therefore run at maximum capacity more often.

The bottom terminal will be much closer to the lodge – guests will find the load point approximately 300 feet closer than it is currently located. The top terminal will be placed on the ridge near the top of Heather lift, which will significantly improve access to the North side areas, including Heather Canyon, Shooting Star, and Hood River Meadows.

The lift will also join the Mt. Hood Express for night operations so evening riders will have two high speed quads, maximizing their night riding experience. The lift will also provide improved service to racers on the Stadium courses

• Faster uplifting to the North side lifts and terrain.
•Improved loading experience for beginner and intermediate skiers and riders – the lift will load on a contour similar to Vista.
•More efficient maze and loading design.
•Provides backup for Mt. Hood Express.
•Improved run time in windy conditions.
•Improved night skiing/riding experience.
•Improved experience for participants and spectators for race events on Stadium.
•More efficient footprint (takes up less area).
•Better base area circulation on skis and boards.
•More groomed skiable terrain.

For more information visit www.skihood.com

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