Magic Mile Sky Express -
Famed Timberline Ski Area chair lift. Great views of the mountains and valleys below. Ride, ski or snowboard down in winter, ride or hike down in summer from 7,000 ft elevation.
The chairlift was upgraded from a fixed grip double to a detachable high speed quad in 1992, but is slightly longer at 5,500 feet (1,700 m). The midway station was removed, and the top station is slightly higher than its predecessor. This Poma-built chair has a capacity of 3,000 passengers per hour, but is operated at 1,600 passengers per hour, with a ride time of just under 6 minutes. The use of a detachable chairlift significantly reduces maintenance needed to clear the haul rope. When inclement weather is expected, the chairs are removed and stored in the lower lift house. The rope runs at low speed to prevent the buildup of snow and ice. The chairs are redeployed in an automatic operation which takes about 30 minutes.
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