Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bachelor Pushes Start Time To Noon; Restricts Backcountry-style Hiking

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 11:57 PM

We just got word that Mt. Bachelor has pushed tomorrow's opening day start time back about three hours from 9 a.m. to noon because of high winds. Bachelor's PR manager Alex Kaufman sent out a release this afternoon saying the mountain was predicting winds up to 70 mph overnight with winds tailing off to about 30 mph by mid-day.

"It's not a preferred type of day to open a season on, but we think this noon plan is our best bet to get started. We also have no interest in crowds of rabid skiers showing up early just to see "wind hold" (not fun for anyone). So noon is the plan Friday. We still plan to go at 9 a.m. Saturday," Kaufman said in the press release. 

Read the entire update and more on the mountains operating plan on Mt. B's Condition's Page

Skiers should note that Mt. B also highlights its new uphill policy in the update which goes into effect tonight. The policy prohibits skiers walking or skinning up the mountain in an effort to curb "backcountry" uses that Mt. B says can conflict with downhill skiers, grooming operations and the mountain's new avalanche equipment. One very notable exception is the "cinder cone" which remains open to hikers and skinners who crave its fresh, post-dump powder and steep slope. Access to the cone will permitted though a designated corridor on Leeway, according to Mt. B.

The question of whether un-ticketed skiers can roam around the mountain during ski season has been kicked around for years in Bend where diehards have maintained that the hill is open to all users since it is on public (FS) lands. However, based on Bachelor's safety concerns the Forest Service recently agreed to restrict uphill mobility. No word yet on what the fine will be or exactly how it will be enforced. Might we suggest some Blackwater security patrols. I hear they're looking for work and known not to take shit off dirt bag tele skiers.


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