Resort Roadtrip: Mt. Bachelor

Resort Roadtrip: Mt. Bachelor

For this week's Resort Roadtrip, we traveled to Mt. Bachelor, a Northwest destination for families and adventurers seeking a fun, natural and unique mountain experience. Here is what Mt. Bachelor had to say about their resort:

1. How many runs and chairlifts do you have at the resort?

      Mt. Bachelor has ten chairlifts – seven high-speed quads and three triple chairs. There are also two magic carpet surface lifts that are reserved for ski and snowboard school use.  On the mountain, we officially designate 88 runs, but with 3,683 acres of open bowls and well-spaced trees, it is challenging for us come up with a trail count.

      2. What is the typical condition at the resort, and what type of lens should we be prepared to use?

        With an average annual snowfall of 462”, storm days are common at Mt. Bachelor.  Amber lenses are best.  But we get our fair share of sunny days, too, so a couple of different lens types are recommended.

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        3. What is the most popular run?

          Our expert local riders head for the West Bowls off the Northwest Express lift on powder days. More than 1,000 acres of well-spaced mountain hemlock trees allow for some of the best tree skiing and riding anywhere!  For those who prefer the corduroy, the blue-square Cliffhanger and Flying Dutchman runs are the front side of the mountain are popular, rolling cruisers.

          4. If an experienced rider is feeling daring, what run would you recommend?

            Take the Summit Express lift to the 9,000 ft. elevation then hike five minutes to the 9,065 ft. peek. From there, you have 360 degrees-worth of choices – including dropping into the steep yet smooth Pinnacle Chutes, jumping off the Cirque Bowl cornice or plunging into the remove backside bowls for a 3,365’ descent.

            5. If skiing or snowboarding conditions are not ideal, what else is there to do at your resort?

            Mt. Bachelor offers 56 km of groomed cross country trails and the longest groomed Nordic ski season in North America.  At the mountain, guests can also experience our Snowblast Tubing Park, take a sled ride pulled by an Iditarod sled dog team, tour snowshoe trails or go snowmobiling.  Our base communities of Bend and Sunriver – each 20-25 minutes from the mountain – offer numerous other outdoor activities including year-round golf, rock climbing, rafting and kayaking.  Bend is also known as “Beer City USA”; there are more than two-dozen craft breweries in Central Oregon!

            6. What is your biggest event of the year?

            Mt. Bachelor hosts two marquis events each season:  The Dirksen Derby in December and the Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge in late April.  Both are snowboarding events that are open to the general public and draw national-calibre competitors.

            7. What makes your resort unique/what is your claim to fame?

            Mt. Bachelor is literally in the wilderness, surrounded by 2 million acres of national forest land.  There are no condos, very little commercialism and light crowds.  Yet just 20 minutes down the road are the thriving, busting communities of Bend and Sunriver that offer all the amenities a skier or snowboarder might want or need.  Also, at 3,683 lift-served acres, Mt. Bachelor is one of the top ten largest ski areas in North America.

            8. When is the best time of year to ski or snowboard at the resort?

            March and April are two great months to visit.  March still acts & feels very much like winter with deep snow and plentiful powder.  The sun appears more often in April and that’s when our “Springtacular” slate of spring events kicks into gear.  Mt. Bachelor offers one of the longest skiing and snowboarding seasons in the world – a six-month season that stretches from Thanksgiving in November to Memorial Day in May.

            9. How would you describe the culture or environment of the resort?

            Many visitors comment about Mt. Bachelor’s laid-back, friendly atmosphere that is more common with smaller, local ski hills.  Yet with 3,683 acres of terrain, ten chairlifts and a 3,365 vertical drop, Mt. Bachelor is one of the largest ski/snowboard mountains in North America.  The local ski hill vibe is alive – even at a mountain as large as Mt. Bachelor.

            10. Are you more known for park, powder, or groomers?

            All three!  We have five terrain parks – some as long as one mile – and an in-ground 22’ half pipe to cater to park riders.  With 462” of annual snowfall, powder days are a-plenty.  And our grooming team lays down over 40 miles of groomed corduroy every night!

            11. What would you say the ratio of snowboarders to skiers is?

            Mt. Bachelor averages about 70% skiers and 30% snowboarders.

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