Mt Hood Meadows is working to repair the Shooting Star lift damaged in early Dec during the big wind storm. Updates are being posted in the resort's blog.
December 12 Shooting Star Lift Repair Project Update
We continue to focus efforts on the structural repair of the tower that was damaged in the wind storm. We’re pleased to report that progress has been made - damage to the tower structure has been repaired and we are continuing repair on the tower footing. We anticipate Shooting Star will be ready to uplift passengers by Christmas day.
Returning Shooting Star to safe operation requires us to be thorough and meticulous. While we want Star to be running as much as you do, we can’t sacrifice quality for expedience. We are moving as quickly as we can to achieve a proper and permanent repair, but we can’t take shortcuts as the safety of our guests and employees is paramount.
Thank you for your patience and understanding that our commitment is to get this job done the right way as soon as we can. Opening Star on or before Christmas would be a great present for everyone!
Original December 5 Post:
On the night of Tuesday November 17, 2015 the windstorm that hit Oregon also hit Mt. Hood Meadows. Between 7:00 and 8:00 PM winds averaged 71 mph, with a top gust recorded on Cascade of 115.4 mph! During that timeframe two large living hemlock trees, measuring 24-to-32 inches DBH (tree diameter measured at 4.5 feet above the ground) and approximately 80-to-100 feet in height fell across both cables of the Shooting Star lift line, approximately 100 feet uphill of Tower 1.
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