Oregon Ski History From 'Lost Oregon Ski Areas'

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Lost Oregon Ski Areas chronicles the history of Oregon’s ski industry. It is fascinating to learn about the hardy pioneers who established skiing in Oregon. This is a great excerpt from the history of Mt. Bachelor. See more from LOST OREGON SKI AREAS HERE.

Mount Bachelor Main Lodge (West Village)

When it opened for the 1965/66 ski season the West Village Lodge was known as the Main Lodge. A new parking lot was also built to the south or uphill side of the new lodge to handle increased skier traffic. When the lodge was built it was owned by a group of five shareholders. The lodge General Manager was Felix Marcoulier. The lodge had 8 two room suites and 16 single room suites. The lodge had a café, bar, and small ski shop.

The lodge was sold to Mount Bachelor Inc. in February of 1968. Vince Genna who was the Recreation Director for the City of Bend was hired to be the new General Manager on March 1st, 1968, a position he held for less than a year before returning to the City of Bend.

At the end of the 71/72 ski season Bachelor announced the end of overnight accommodations on the mountain. The lodge was to be remodeled to provide room for expanded food and beverage service, retail and rentals. In September of 1972 thieves broke into the lodge and started a fire to cover up the burglary. Damage was estimated at 75,000 dollars but Bill Healy, President of Mount Bachelor promised the repairs would be made prior to the upcoming season.

In 1973 with the installation of a beginner’s chairlift in front of the lodge, parking was expanded and moved below the lodge. The beginner chair was Oregon’s first triple chairlift and the names of the lifts were given as colors instead of numbers. The new lift would be called Orange Chair.