Mt. Bachelor Announces Opening Plans
Well, it looks like snow will finally arrive this week with a winter storm pattern setting up to deliver 1-2 feet of snow to the Central Oregon Cascades. Mt. Bachelor announced its plans to get things started as early as Saturday if the storm delivers. Here’s the official press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 19, 2018
MT. BACHELOR ANNOUNCES THANKSGIVING WEEKEND PLANS
Limited opening planned for Saturday, November 24, based on snowy forecast
(BEND, Ore.) – With one to two feet of snow in the forecast later this week, Mt. Bachelor plans to open on a limited basis this weekend. Resort officials are optimistic that the upcoming storm cycle will produce enough snow to allow skiing and snowboarding from at least one chairlift.
“We’re still in a wait-and-see mode, but based on the weather forecasts, we’re hopeful that our guests will be able to ski or snowboard on Saturday and Sunday,” said Drew Jackson, Mt. Bachelor’s director of marketing and communications.
Mt. Bachelor currently has a trace of snow on the ground and needs 12-24” before it can begin preparing chairlifts for opening.
Snow is in the forecast starting Wednesday, with heavier amounts expected later Thanksgiving Day and into Friday. Mountain crews will spend Thursday and Friday moving the snow to where it’s needed, assessing the overall depth and ultimately making a final decision about the weekend’s operations.
At a minimum, Mt. Bachelor will have the Gravity Sports shop open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for holiday shoppers looking for new gear and apparel. Food & beverage services will be offered in the West Village Lodge and the Nordic Center will open its doors for shoppers and those who want to warm up by the fireplace. Season pass holders are welcome to pick up their pass or get a new photo.
Mountain crews are also planning to place a set of rails and boxes in a mini-terrain park.
Complete details about this weekend’s operations, including lift operations, ticket prices and the Nordic Center’s status, likely won’t be announced until Friday.
Also on Friday, Mt. Bachelor will implement its winter uphill travel policy that limits hiking to the Cinder Cone route. For the safety of visitors and staff, Mt. Bachelor requests that hikers stay away from the mountain on Friday as crews use heavy machinery to prepare the mountain for a possible Saturday opening.
“We invite you to come on up and play in the snow this weekend, but it’s really important that you check our website on Friday for the latest information,” Jackson added. “The upcoming storms need to deliver. And if they do, we’ll open whatever we can this weekend.”
A decision about operations beyond Sunday will be determined later this week pending evaluation of the snowpack and the weather forecast for the week ahead.
For daily updates on snowfall totals and projected operations, visit www.mtbachelor.com.
About Mt. Bachelor: Mt. Bachelor is the sixth largest ski resort in the USA, offering 4,318 acres of lift-accessible terrain and the finest spring conditions. The mountain features 11 lifts, eight of which are Express Quads. Mt. Bachelor also features 5 terrain parks, 56 km of groomed cross country trails, snowshoeing, tubing, sled dog rides and summer attractions including downhill mountain biking. Mt. Bachelor is part of POWDR, a family owned and operated adventure lifestyle company. For weather conditions, news, and events visit www.mtbachelor.com.
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