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Summit Ski Area Acquired By Timberline Lodge

Summit-Ski-Area-3 Gentle terrain and plenty of tubing lanes at Summit Ski Area. (Summit Ski Area/Facebook)

The owners of Timberline Lodge & Ski Area on the shoulder on Mount Hood have bought Summit Ski Area, a small, novice-oriented slope about six miles away.

The purchase combines two ski and snowboard areas at different ends of the sport’s spectrum – Timberline’s challenging, exposed terrain that is mostly intermediate or expert runs, and Summit’s gentle slopes in the trees and tubing play area aimed at youngsters, and novice skiers and riders. The merging reflects a ski industry trend to create "feeder" areas for larger resorts.

Both mountains rely upon day-trip and overnight visitors from populated Portland, a bit more than an hour’s drive. They also use the nearby town of Government Camp for lodging options and apres-ski activities.

The new owners said they will continue to operate Summit as a “family oriented, affordable, friendly mountain resort … a place to break down the barriers to skiing and snowboarding surrounding accessibility and affordability.“ 

The 90-year-old mountain has one chairlift and a half-dozen easy trails that run about half-mile each. Base elevation is 4,400 feet.

Easy to hit the slopes with $15 dollar Fridays. (Summit Ski Area/Facebook)

The top daily rate for skiing and riding at Summit is $35, with discounts galore including $15 Fridays.

The new owners also said that the purchase of Summit will “help address public transportation and parking needs while having a greater connectivity to Government Camp.”

For now, there will be no major changes at Summit, other than some upgrades to the base lodge.

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