Meadows Blog

Stadium Express Towers Placed

It was an amazing day at Meadows. Overcast skies with mist, gave way to clearing skies as the KMAX helicopter from HeliQuest arrived. It's mission - lift the 12 towers of the new Stadium Express high speed quad into place. The towers and the cross arm assemblies were laid out in the parking lot. The crew from Leitner-Poma had prerigged the towers to make the placement most efficient. They headed to the top of the lift to secure tower 12 the first to fly, and work their way down to the base. Even with some strong winds in the morning the placement went smooth - and all 12 towers were placed in just two hours.


  1. Local in red

    September 21, 2011

    That's awesome. Super fast. Though it looks like you moved Lady Finger to an entirely new location on the mountain. How will I know where I'm going if I have an old map?

    Meadows: We'll have new trail maps - which are consistent with the trail signage. It was incorrectly labeled in previous maps.

  2. k2skier

    September 22, 2011

    Do you have a date for pulling the haul rope? How about spicing?

    Meadows: No date set yet but most likely in mid October.

  3. Ryan

    September 22, 2011

    How far up does stadium go up?

    Meadows: The top elevation is 5949 and it reaches to the top of the same knoll that the Heather Chairlift reaches. The old lift didn't get over the lift. The elevation gain is only 19 feet at the top, but the new lift is 556 feet longer, the extra length needed to allows passengers to drop in to Shooting Star, Hood River Meadows and gated access terrain.

  4. Dr. Schuss

    September 23, 2011

    When will we get to see a new trail map? :)

    Meadows: We'll get that posted on our web site next week. The trail map itself will be printed in early October.

  5. Brian

    September 25, 2011

    It would be interesting to see if there is anything in the Meadows archives that describes the construction of the original Yellow and how long it took to place all of its towers. Probably a lot longer then 2 hrs.

    Meadows: I'll discuss that with our founder Franklin Drake. We may have also used a helicopter to place certain towers (we did on the Blue lift) which were difficult to access through roads. But I'm sure you are correct that the lift placing process was longer than 2 hours back in 1967.

  6. Brian

    September 28, 2011

    looks great i cant wait to hit the POW, one thing that would be cool for you guys to do is to fix the sloped turn that you have to take when crossing back over from the very top of HRM lift. if you don't know what turn im talking about its the one you must take to go back over to express, you cant strap in because you cant get enough speed but the entire turn you have to try not to fall down hill. if this was fixed some how im sure every single rider would love it! thanks

    Meadows: Thanks for the suggestion. We'll look into it.

  7. BR

    September 29, 2011

    Great idea! And brilliant to extend it up and down. Thanks for doing this. Be great to clear out the base area and free up the traffic. Be nice to have more night skiing terrain too.

    One suggestion: one or two more lights on 3&4 bowl...gets pretty dark down there.

    Meadows: Thanks for enlightening us with your suggestion!

  8. Patrik Barr

    September 29, 2011

    The thing that bothers me and many of the other Hood River folks about this is that the people that ride this lift will now beat the HRM people to Star and Heather. We think that you should open HRM earlier so we have an even chance to the POW.

    Meadows: We're committed to opening our scheduled lifts by 9 AM each morning. The ride time on Stadium is a few minutes less than Hood River Express, but with a chair every 15 seconds or so it won't amount to a great number of people getting to the powder first. Of course, everyone is welcome to arrive early and park in the main lot for first freshies.

  9. Jim Haynes

    September 29, 2011

    So senior prices go up again w/ a deadline. Seems like about a 20% annual increase for the past several years. Ptui.

    Meadows: The 65 and older pass is $379 this season, up from $349 last year. The previous two seasons it was $300. After November 6 it increases to $449 (which is actually $1 less than last year's price). So we encourage you to purchase by November 6 for the best price.

  10. Jerry

    September 29, 2011

    Wow, this is the best news I have heard for a long time, been coming to Meadows since the 70's, taught my son to ski there, now board and ski every time so it will be great to get to all those parts of the mountain with ease! Good work, can't wait to try it out!

    Meadows: We're excited too!

  11. Ryan

    September 29, 2011

    I have been waiting for this one! thank you meadows!!!!

    Meadows: You're welcome!

  12. Julie Noble Bakkkala

    September 29, 2011

    Would be cool if the mountains had music like it did when I was a kid at meadows. It is fun skiing to the Eagles blasting thru the trees.

    Meadows: While there are those of us who liked to "Take it to the Limit", not everyone appreciated the tunres. With personal listening devices our guests can groove to their own mix. Personally I enjoy listening to the sounds of the mountain without earbuds. It also makes it easier to be aware of others.

  13. Phenom

    September 29, 2011

    So new chair, any additions to the parks on that side? Much more access could mean more places for AIR?

    Meadows: We'll continue to improve on the fun and progression provided at Park Place and Forest Park. No new parks are planned on the North side at this time.

  14. Jeremy

    September 29, 2011

    When is construction starting on the base to superbowl high speed quad? ; )

    Meadows: The base terminal is scheduled to be placed early next week. Pretty soon you'll be able to see that bottom terminal in our base area cam shots!

  15. k2skier

    October 1, 2011

    Superbowl lift??!! Please elaborate. I know you have many ambitious plans for new lifts in your master plan, but a lift into, (around or above) Superbowl seems odd at this time.

    Meadows: We don't have any plans for a Superbowl Lift.

  16. Chris

    October 1, 2011

    I agree with Patrik above, let's open HRM 5 min before Stadium on those powder days so the first chairs get to the top at the same time. Your sugestion of parking at the main lot instead will only fill the upper lot sooner. You have always encouraged parking at HRM, How about opening HRM 5 min, earlier as a perk for parking at HRM!!

    Meadows: Thanks for the comment. There's only a 2 minute difference in ride time between the two lifts. The chairs are spaced farther apart on Stadium, meaning we'll be uploading more passengers / hour on Hood River Express. While we understand that everyone wants first tracks, this will work out pretty equitably. We'll monitor it once the season gets going. For now, we're focusing our good thoughts on another big (and early) season of snow!

  17. Snowboardingdude

    October 6, 2011

    I think you should build a lift starting 50 feet higher from Cascade Express to the top of the super bowl. Doesn't have to be a High Speed Quad. That i think would satisfy Experts that LOVE Superbowl!
    Anyways.. That's just a suggestion.
    I don't who gave the idea of building a high speed quad for stadium but that was a really good idea!

    Meadows: Thanks! You definitely have an extreme suggestion for a lift location. That high up on Hood and in those conditions would be a definite challenge. For now, Superbowl belongs to those who earn their turns - enjoy!

  18. boar2m

    October 7, 2011

    I had a dream last night.
    The Arctic storm skirted passed the gulf of Alaska and picked up cold-cold moisture as it dropped down to Cascades and finally touched down on Mt. Hood, relentlessly pounding the slopes with cold dry powder for a week straight. Then, a cold and clear blue-bird day, and I am riding first chair up the Cascade Express! I get off CEX and veer off to skier’s left and get on the ski-train on rail. This ski train goes through tunnel up the steep sloped rail for about 2 minutes …it was a bullet ski-train. (my dream, ok?) I deboard the train and walk short ways out to the wide-platform perched on summit. Air feels cold and crisp but no wind in sight. I can clearly see Sisters in the distance as I survey the massive powder field beneath me. I am so overwhelmed with joy that I’ve prematurely wet myself ...a little. I crank the din on my bindings all the way to 18 and click on. "Da-Clunk" sound is music to my ears. As I am about to plunge down the deep powder abyss …I wake up. Nooooooooo! I tried to go back to that dream the rest of the night to no avail. I need to get back to that dream soon.

    Meadows: Thank you for sharing - and taking us along for the ride! I suggest eating again whatever you had for dinner last night that helped put you into such a dream state!

  19. Pete

    October 27, 2011

    On the webcam, I see that you guys are starting to put the chairs on the new Stadium Express! Are my eyes deceiving me????????

    Meadows: No deception - if you'd like to see these chairs in motion, check

  20. Pete

    October 27, 2011

    So is Stadium Express ABSOLUTELY ready for the ski year? I AM SO EXCITED!!!

    Meadows: We expect to pass the load test Friday. And then we just need snow!

  21. Chad

    October 28, 2011

    Do you have a date on when you will be opening?

    Meadows: As soon as the snow allows. We're hopeful for a pre-Thanksgiving opening - the forecasters at the Winter Weather Forecast Conference at OMSI Saturday seemed to think we could open by Thanksgiving.

  22. Pete

    October 28, 2011

    So did Stadium Express pass the load test? So it's finally ready for the year?

    Meadows: The primary motor passed the load test Friday. Now for the auxiliary motor test scheduled for next week. Then, hopefully, green lights for the season!

  23. Pete

    October 31, 2011

    Do you have any plans on your next new lift?

    Meadows: We have plans to improve the beginner experience possibly with an upgrade to Buttercup, which could be the next lift project. We'll see how this season goes.

  24. Pete

    November 5, 2011

    I AM SO EXCITED THAT IT'S SNOWING ON HE MOUNTAIN!!!!!!! (that means we get to try out the new lift sooner)

    Meadows: Keep doing the snow dances. We want to get the new lift, and all of our lifts running.

  25. Pete

    November 5, 2011

    A trillion weeks ago, you guys said that you guys were going to post the new trail map with Stadium Express on the website. However, when I look at the trail map, I still see only stadium chair.

    Meadows: Thanks for the reminder. The new trail map is linked to the trail page, with the view updated on the main map.

  26. marco

    November 7, 2011

    if i did my math right, which i know i did, that helicopter and ground crew were able to pick up, deliver, align and secure each piece in only 3.333mins to get the job done in 2 hours. mighty fine work gentlemen!

    Meadows: Very well prepped and coordinated. The crew really hustled from one tower to the next. And the flight time was reduced since the tower staging was done in our parking lot.

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