The 7,000 pound bull wheel, previously used on the upper terminal of the Hood River Express lift, was hoisted into place last week in the Sahale building. This will be the first of many hoists in what will be the slope side Bullwheel Bar in Sahale. The bar will celebrate the chairlift, and those who build and maintain them. It will be decorated with chairlift imagery and literally built out of chairlift components.
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The concern of viral spread has suspended our summer chairlift operations. But there is still a lot of great hiking on and around our permit area.
CEO Matthew Drake takes you on a tour of the new Sahale building. The walk-through took place Saturday, June 13 and provides a progress report on the 23,000-square-foot building, which is scheduled to open this December. The building will house our new equipment rental center and Meadows Learning Center on the first floor, and a 10,000-square-foot dining and meeting space on the second floor.
Mt. Hood Meadows’ managers and directors gathered last week to award two team members with annual leadership awards. The event was held on the South Lodge Deck with appropriate social distancing for those that could attend, and shared through Zoom for others to join in remotely.
Our Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mt. Resort Team is outraged and deeply saddened by the racism, horrific injustices and brutality that persists in our country, brought to the forefront by recent events.
Cooper Spur Mt. Resort is preparing to reopen for overnight lodging beginning July 1.
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With the USFS lifting some restrictions on the Mt. Hood National Forest, starting Friday May 29th we will be removing the barriers at the bottom of our access roads to provide for parking at trail heads on those roads.
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It’s been more than two months since the Stay at Home requirements brought our season to a halt. So our team wanted to share with you what they’ve been doing to prepare for next winter, what we’re optimistic about and what we are most looking forward to once we return to operations.
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With the announcement that Timberline will begin limited lift operations, there has been questions about whether Mt. Hood Meadows will operate lifts or allow uphill travel. At this time, our status is unchanged. We’ve already announced that we won’t be running lifts - we are beyond our season which would have ended May 2.
Governor Brown Tuesday signaled a gradual return to outdoor recreation with the limited opening of some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities and areas across Oregon for day use. While lifts won't reopen this season the announcement may allow uphill travel to resume at Mt. Hood Meadows.