Willamette Pass Resort

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Willamette Pass Resort
WillamettePass.JPG
Location Cascade Range,
Klamath County, Oregon
 United States
Nearest city Oakridge 20 miles (30 km)
Coordinates 43°36′00″N 122°02′10″W / 43.60°N 122.036°W / 43.60; -122.036Coordinates: 43°36′00″N 122°02′10″W / 43.60°N 122.036°W / 43.60; -122.036
Vertical 1,563 ft (476 m)
Top elevation 6,683 ft (2,037 m)
Base elevation 5,120 ft (1,561 m)
Skiable area 555 acres (2.25 km2)
Runs 29 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 20% Beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 45% Intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 35% Advanced / Expert
Longest run 2.1 mi (3 km)
Lift system

6 Total - Winter
- 1 High-Speed Six Pack
- 3 Triple Chairs
- 1 Double Chair
- 1 Magic Carpet

1 Total - Summer
- 1 Gondola, 6 person
  (sightseeing)
Terrain parks 1
Snowfall 430 in (10.9 m) per year
Web site willamettepass.com
WillamettePass is located in Oregon
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Location of Willamette Pass in Oregon

Willamette Pass Resort is a ski area in the western United States, located at Willamette Pass in west central Oregon, in Klamath and Lane counties. In the Cascade Range between Oak Ridge and La Pine and accessed by Highway 58, it operates on federal land under special use permit on the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests. Founded in 1941, the ski area has been locally-owned and operated by the Wiper family of Eugene since 1982, the year its first chairlift was installed.[1][2][3]

Ski area information[edit]

Willamette Pass Resort is a year-round destination with two distinct seasons: A winter ski season and a summer season. In the summer, hiking, sightseeing, disc golf, geocaching, and downhill mountain biking are available, as the Eagle Peak Accelerator is converted into a 6-person gondola.

Willamette Pass is best known for having one of the steepest runs in the world, "RTS", which at its steepest point is 52 degrees. It hosted the 1993 Subaru U.S. Speed Skiing Championships, where a top speed of 116.56 mph (187 km/h) was achieved.[4]

The area is a popular place for nearby schools to visit, with lessons and plenty of green runs. The lodge has a restaurant, shop, lost-and-found service, and ski and snowboard rentals.

Snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and inner tubing activities are also available.

Resort statistics[edit]

Elevation[edit]

  • Summit: 6,683 ft (2,037 m)
  • Base: 5,120 ft (1,561 m)
  • Midway: 5,899 ft (1,798 m)
  • Vertical: 1,563 ft (476 m)
View of Odell Lake from the summit of Willamette Pass

Trails[edit]

  • Skiable area: 555 acres (2.25 km2)
  • Groomable area: 225 acres (0.91 km2)
  • Trails: 29 total
    Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 20% Beginner
    Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 45% Intermediate
    Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 35% Advanced / Expert
  • Nordic trails: up to 12.4 miles (20 km) groomed
  • Longest run: "Kaleidoscope/Perseverance" - 2.1 mi (3 km)
  • Steepest run: "RTS"- up to 52°
  • Average annual snowfall: 430 inches (1,090 cm)
  • Terrain Parks: 2 (By George and Timberglades)
  • Peaks: 2
    • Eagle Peak
    • Peak 2

Lifts[edit]

  • 6 Total
  • Lift capacity: 11,100 skiers per hour

U.S. Ski Team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Chris (October 16, 2002). "Willamette Pass". SKI magazine. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Bill (May 30, 1982). "Ski area to install chairlift". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B. 
  3. ^ Mortenson, Eric (November 8, 1986). "Crash kills Eugene woman". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1. 
  4. ^ The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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