Oregon’s Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood is prepping for a week of celebrating its heritage. Its lodge has turned 75 years old, and the ski area is planning a week of events to commemorate the anniversary.

Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, was launched as a project for the Works Progress Administration in 1936. Its construction relied on the art of hand-building with many of the timbers and rocks collected from the site. Completion took 15 months. The lodge opened in 1937 with a dedication by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The original Magic Mile single chair was installed at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in 1939. It was the second chairlift in North America.

Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge opened in 1937 with a dedication by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Photo courtesy of Timberline Lodge.

Visitors to Timberline Lodge can learn about its history through tours and videos. The U.S. Forest Service leads 25-minute free tours of the lodge. The tours are offered three times per day, Thursdays through Sundays. “The Builders of Timberline,” a 30-minute video, is also shown in the Barlow Room of the lodge.
Timberline Lodge is celebrating Ski Heritage Week starting April 7. Special activities, along with deals, will be available. The International Skiing History Association and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will be overnighting at Timberline on April 8 to help kick off the week of events on the road at multiple ski resorts in Oregon and Washington.

The lodge is offering an anniversary deal through May 27. If you book reservations in a queen or queen/twin room, you can add on the second night for $75. The anniversary special is valid Sundays through Wednesdays. Call 800-547-1406 or book reservations online.

To learn more about the construction and history of Timberline Lodge, go here.