TIMBERLINE LODGE
TIMBERLINE LODGE

A COLLABORATIVE VISION FOR THE FUTURE

Our Master Development Plan

Timberline embraces an ethos which celebrates heritage, history, genuine hospitality, family fun, and a strong sense of place. As proud stewards and operators of this place for 64 years, RLK and Company has crafted a new 10-year master development plan. This “idea blueprint” was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and in consultation with a stakeholder group that represented a large spectrum of the general public. Our vision recognizes the increasing number of Timberline visits and is dedicated to improving the guest experience. It ensures a sustainable future and pledges that Timberline remains authentic. Formal acceptance by the USFS is currently pending. Further formal review of the specifics of the plan will be conducted when separate projects are submitted to the USFS as “proposed actions".

Timberline Master Plan
TIMBERLINE 2019 MASTER PLAN

This Timberline Lodge and Ski Area Complex Master Development Plan (MDP) is intended to be the guiding document for future development at Timberline Lodge. This MDP evaluates facilities at Timberline that are primarily related to the ski area operations and contemplates an improved beginner experience, additional parking, snowmaking, a snowplay area, and a new vehicle maintenance shop and ski patrol headquarters.

Summit Master Plan
SUMMIT 2019 MASTER PLAN

In 2018, R.L.K. and Company, operators of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, acquired Summit Ski Area. The vision for Summit is to continue to operate as a family-oriented, affordable, community friendly ski area, while upgrading facilities to connect Government Camp with Timberline. Upgrades are also planned to create a year-round recreation hub for outdoor activities fostering experiences and education, with an interest in increasing engagement with youth and underserved communities so as to increase opportunities and diversity in the outdoors.

Sustainable NW Report
STAKEHOLDER OUTREACH REPORT

R.L.K. and Company, holders of Timberline's use permit, hired Sustainable Northwest, a regional non-profit, to organize and lead a series of public engagement meetings focused on gathering stakeholder input on projects proposed for inclusion in the updated Master Plan. The meetings served as a venue to gather feedback, but also as an important opportunity to reconnect with community leaders and key members of the public.

MASTER PLAN HIGHLIGHTS
BRUNO'S UPGRADED BEGINNER EXPERIENCE
BRUNO'S

In order for Timberline to achieve its goal of providing excellent customer service, and to accommodate entry level skiers with a quality first time experience and learning environment, a reconfiguration of the Bruno’s beginner hill is necessary to improve the progression from first time on skis to initiating controlled turns on steeper slopes for speed control. Some re-grading of the previously imported top soils would be employed to provide a slope more conducive to instructing first time skiers and snowboarders, and to provide grades to enhance their progression of skills. The goal would be to provide a consistent grade optimal for beginner level skiers, as well as some varying terrain grades where skiers can best start and stop on their own, while learning to control their speed. Two new carpet lifts would be installed to provide optimal use of the terrain, and the existing Bruno’s Chairlift would be replaced with a new carpet that is aligned to take greater advantage of the slope length available at this area.

MOLLY'S PORTAL SATELLITE PARKING LOT, DAY LODGE & SNOWPLAY AREA
MOLLY'S PORTAL

A central project of the Upgrade Plan is the new portal at the bottom terminal of Molly’s Chairlift. We envision this area would appeal to a diverse network of user groups. In addition to a satellite parking lot, Molly's Portal would include an entry plaza and a day lodge of approximately 15,000 square feet with a guest service counter, tickets sales, food vending services, a seating area, and an outdoor deck. Outside, we would offer managed snow tubing as well as a place for people to play in the snow and perhaps gather around a fire pit.

TIMBERLINE LODGE PROPOSED RESORT OPERATIONS
MAINTENANCE FACILITIES & SKI PATROL HEADQUARTERS

To improve operations, we would construct a new building, immediately south of the existing maintenance shop, or modify and add on to the existing shop. The facility would primarily serve as a garage for the snow grooming vehicle fleet and a storage area for supplies and equipment. It could also house the ski patrol headquarters and medical/patient care facilities, and serve as the search and rescue command center.

SNOWMAKING PROPOSED RESORT OPERATIONS
SNOWMAKING

With the threat of climate change, it is a real concern for us to ensure snow coverage on lower mountain terrain, particularly in the early season. An expanded snowmaking system is an important part of our plan. The planned snowmaking coverage would extend from the top of Pucci Chairlift to the base of Jeff Flood-Still Creek Chairlift, following Main Run Pucci down to lower Uncle Jon's Band. An added benefit to this system would be the ability to combat the increased threat of summer wild fires.

SUMMIT SKI AREA SUMMIT SKI AREA
MASTER PLAN HIGHLIGHTS

TIMBERLINE GONDOLA INSTALLATION The Timberline Gondola is the cornerstone of Summit’s Upgrade Plan. The gondola would not only provide direct, aerial access to Timberline from the Summit’s base area, for both guests and employees, it would also alleviate the congestion on OR Highway 173 (the Timberline Road) and reprioritize the need for additional parking at the bottom of Timberline’s Molly’s Chairlift. The proposed gondola would originate just uphill from the existing Summit Chairlift bottom terminal and would have a top terminal proposed between the bottom of Timberline’s Magic Mile and top of Pucci chairlifts. The gondola is designed to be a top-drive gondola and have an hourly capacity of 2,400 PPH. This hourly capacity would accommodate the morning staging period (transport up the mountain) and the late afternoon egress from Timberline (downloading the gondola at the conclusion of Timberline lift operations).

SUMMIT CHAIRLIFT UPGRADE The existing Summit Chairlift, a fixed-grip double chairlift with a 1,200 PPH capacity, would be removed and the proposed Summit Pass Chairlift would be installed to complement the new design for Summit’s base lands. The existing lift was originally installed in 1980. The upgrade chairlift is planned to be a fixed-grip quad chairlift with a 2,000 PPH capacity. The chairlift bottom terminal would be moved uphill and further to the west to better service the terrain and circulation in the base area and accommodate the proposed gondola and base lodge layout. By upgrading the existing chairlift conveyance, the overall guest experience would improve by having updated lift technology, allowing ski school and parties of four or less to ride the chairlift together. The increased hourly capacity would reduce the wait time in the queue at the chairlift’s lower terminal.

UPGRADED GUEST SERVICE FACILITIES To accommodate the increase in guests at Summit, a number of improvements are planned for Summit’s guest service facilities and base area, including constructing a new base lodge and expanding and reconfiguring parking and drop off zones. The base area would retain its family-friendly feel, but also upgrade the facilities for more space and needed facilities such as restrooms and food service seating. The guest service facilities upgrade took into account the additional skiers and other guests who would need certain beginning of day services and accommodations but who are ultimately accessing Timberline via Summit.

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