Mount Bachelor ski area
is a ski resort
located in central Oregon
, approximately west of Bend, Oregon
, at the end of the Century Drive Highway
. The ski runs are on the northern face of Mount Bachelor
, a stratovolcano
built atop a volcanic shield in the Cascade Range
. Mount Bachelor is owned and operated by POWDR resorts of Utah.
Ski area information
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.
The mountain is famous for its dry snow
that falls at an average of per year, with an average base between and inches. The resort boasts a skiable vertical drop of with a lift running to 9000 feet (2743 m), just 65 feet (20 m) below the volcano's summit, which is accessible via a short hike. As one of the tallest mountains in the vicinity, Mount Bachelor experiences consistently high windspeeds; the chairlift to the summit is often on standby due to wind. Total lift accessible area is 3683 acres (14.9 km²)
with approximately 1600 acres (6 km²) groomed daily. The longest run is just over . There are 15 lifts, seven of which are express quads.
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.
Mount Bachelor also features a cross country skiing
resort with 12 groomed trails covering 35 miles (56 km) and 850 vertical feet (260 m).
Other features at Mt. Bachelor include snowshoeing
, interpretive tours and snow-tubing
. Seven restaurants, three bars, and three coffeehouses on the premises are distributed in four day lodges. Additional accommodations and lodging are nearby at Sunriver
and in the city of Bend
2007 / 2008 Ski Season Dates
- November 17th, 2007 - Mid-May, 2008 (Weather Permitting)
- Summit: 9,065 ft (2,763 m)
- Base: 6,300 ft (1,920 m)
- Vertical Rise: 3,365 ft (1,025 m)
- Skiable area: 3,683 (14.9 km²) acres accessible by lift, with 1,600 (6.47 km²) acres groomed daily
- Trails: 71 total 15% Novice 23% Intermediate 35% Advanced 25% Expert
- Longest run: 1.5 miles (2 km)
- Average annual snowfall: 370 in/year
- Terrain Parks: 6 (Slopestyle, Superpipe, Sunshine, iPark, Air Chamber, and the new I-5 park)
- 12 Total
- 7 Express Quads
- 3 Triple Chairlifts
- 1 Magic Carpet
- 2 Tubing Lifts