Opened as "Bachelor Butte" in November 1958 with a rope tow and a Poma lift, the ski area's name was changed to "Mount Bachelor" in the 1980s. The first area of the mountain developed for skiing was the northeastern side. In the summer of 1975, the "Outback" chairlift was added on the northwestern side, replaced by a high-speed quad ("Outback Express") in the summer of 1987. The lengthy "Northwest Express" chairlift was added in the summer of 1996, a high-speed quad with a vertical drop of 2365 feet (720 m). This lift further expanded the terrain to the west and increased the resort's overall vertical drop, lowering the minimum lift-served elevation to 5700 feet (1737 m) above sea level.
Due to its challenging terrain parks and excellent snow conditions, Mt. Bachelor is the official home training resort of many professional and Olympic athletes, and hosts several professional USSA competitions each year.
In recent years Mt. Bachelor has made sweeping efforts to attract snowboarders; it dedicates 20% of its nightly grooming to its snowboard park and pipes. A 400 foot (120 m) super pipe is among the best on the continent, and hosted the 2006 USSA Olympic Qualifier. The resort's signature "Air Chamber" snowboarding run is nearly a mile (1.5 km) long, descending 850 vertical feet (260 m) and featuring a number of booters and rails for freestyle riders. Other snowboard parks include "Slopestyle Arena", home of the Chevy Truck US Snowboard Big Air Exhibition, and "Sunshine Park" for beginners. In 2003, Transworld Snowboarding magazine (editors & readers) ranked Bachelor as the fourth best snowboarding resort in North America.
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