Jumping Over Chairlifts at Mount Hood Skibowl

Gus Kenworthy, Jossi Wells, and T.J. Schiller at Mount Hood Skibowl

I grew up skiing at Mount Hood Skibowl. It has two chairlifts, one that accesses the Upper Bowl and one that access the mellower Lower Bowl. The top chair has a thick steel foundation with a wooden structure housing the wheels and gears and things that make it spin around in a circle. I’ve probably ridden that slow double thousands of times. Never once did the thought cross my mind that you could jump over the structure, or slide along the thick steel tubes hovering over the lift line. But that’s what these guys did. I guess that’s why I sit at a desk for a living, and these guys ski for money.

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