Mag­ic Mile & Palmer Ter­mi­nals at Timberline

This $1.9 million expansion to the ski facilities at Mount Hood Timberline was constructed in two phases at elevations above 7,500 feet. Phase 1 included work on the Magic Mile, while Phase 2 included work at the Palmer – both were replacements of older conventional terminals with modern high-speed style lifts.

As Timberline is one of the few ski resorts that supports year-round skiing the work had to be completed within a very short, 4-month window. Additionally, careful planning was required to deliver materials to high elevations. Concrete trucks had to be towed up unpaved roads with a bulldozer to reach the construction site and the volcanic sand blowing off the top of the mountain throughout the entire project required a strict and well-thought out safety plan. The concrete, steel, and timber-framed structure was designed to sustain wind gusts of more than 100 miles per hour, and potential annual snowfall of more than 200 inches.

Owner: R.L. Kohnstamn Corp.
Architect: Burgstahler Engineers