Timberline Lodge & Ski Area, OR Buys 2nd Oldest Ski Resort in USA

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Summit Ski Area, OR with Timberline Lodge & Ski Area in the background and Mt. Hood in the background.

Timberline Lodge ski area on Mt. Hood, OR just announced yesterday that they have bought Summit Ski Area. 

Summit Ski Area is on the lower flanks of Mt. Hood and only 6 miles by car from Timberline Lodge.

Timberline Lodge, OR is the only 12-month a year ski resort in North America.

Summit ski area, built in 1927, is the oldest ski resort in the Pacific North West.

Whilst it’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, changes, in the era of Epic and Ikon it’s great to see the Timberline President committing to Summit Ski Area being run as ‘a family oriented, affordable, friendly mountain resort’.

Exciting times ahead!

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Summit Ski Area, OR. Credit: Wikipedia

Timberline Lodge Press Release:


Timberline Lodge & Ski Area Purchases Summit Ski Area

R.L.K. and Company, Operator of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, has purchased the iconic Summit Ski Area in Government Camp, Oregon. Included in the sale is Snow Bunny, a snow play area and parking lot, approximately 1.5 miles east of Government Camp. Both Summit Ski Area and Snow Bunny will operate under a special use permit issued by the Mount Hood National Forest, USDA Forest Service.

Established in 1927, Summit Ski Area is the second oldest continuously operating ski area in the United States and the oldest ski area in the Pacific Northwest. In 1959 a T-bar was installed and in 1966 the present lodge was constructed. In 1980 the current 2,300 feet long chairlift was built, providing access to approximately 3.5 miles of trails. Summit’s base elevation is approximately 4,400 ft.

Jeff Kohnstamm, Timberline President and Area Operator, says, “We are very pleased with the acquisition and plan to operate Summit Ski Area as a family oriented, affordable, friendly mountain resort.” Kohnstamm sees Summit as a place to “break down the barriers to skiing and snowboarding surrounding accessibility and affordability“. With Portland’s population growing rapidly and more people visiting Mt. Hood, Timberline also views Summit Ski Area as an opportunity to help address public transportation and parking needs while having a greater connectivity to Government Camp.

In the short-term, R.L.K. and Company will roll out Summit with an updated brand and website. Summit will operate under its current footprint with ski and snowboard rentals, lessons, snow tubing, and an expanded food and beverage offering with some basic lodge upgrades to get ready for the upcoming ski season.

The long-term view for Summit includes exploring expanded product offerings for both summer and winter. “We look forward to an open-minded approach and discussing opportunities with the community,” says Kohnstamm, “We will provide quality recreation within the capabilities of the ecosystem. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for Summit, Timberline, Government Camp and all who visit.”


Constructed in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands on the south slope of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet. This 55,000 square foot National Historic Landmark is still being used for its original intent – a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy.

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