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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mt. Bachelor to Open on Wednesday

Mt. Bachelor announces that it will open in time for Thanksgiving.

Posted By on Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 12:50 AM

As we mentioned yesterday, Mt. Bachelor ski resort has been keeping a close eye on the weather to see if they can open -- as they typically do -- in time of the Thanksgiving weekend.

And we just got word that they'd be doing just that with today's announcement that the mountain will be opening on Wednesday, November 23, which I like to call Thanksgiving Eve.

The storm system that dropped a couple inches of snow down here in town last night has been absolutely walloping Mt. Bachelor, dropping more than 17 inches in the past 24 hours (as of this posting.) The resort is listing its base depth at 31 inches, which will make for some slim conditions, but hey, it's good enough to kick off the season.

The snow is expected to continue throughout the weekend with the possibility of more into next week.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mt. Bachelor To Decide on Thanksgiving Soon

Mt. Bachelor is waiting on this week's storm to see if Thanksgiving skiing is realistic.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 6:47 PM

For the past two ski seasons, the gods of snow and cold temperatures have blessed Mt. Bachelor with the needed white stuff to open the mountain in time for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is only nine days away, but Bachelor only has about seven inches of snow on the ground. That said, the forecast is looking good and when I just talked with the resort's communication's manager, Andy Goggins, he looked out his window to report that it was snowing up on the mountain.

And here's what's in store for the next few days:

"We're taking it day to day at this point. Currently, the storm system is helping out and that's encouraging," said Goggins.

Even though the coming storm is looking beefy and could drop a couple feet on the mountain, Goggins says Bachelor won't make an official decision on a Thanksgiving opening until the end of the week. Part of that reason is to ensure that once the mountain is open, it remains so for the rest of the season, rather than having a start-then-stop beginning to the winter.

"We’re cautiously optimistic. It’s looking good, so we’re hoping the best," said Goggins.


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ski Area Stimulus: More fun stuff allowed year round at hills across the Northwest

Obama gives a boost to recreation, as ski areas can now expand their options.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Yay! more mountain biking, zip-lining and frisbee golfing!

The ski world got another boost this month.

Obama recently signed the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which permits year-long recreation opportunities on U.S. Forest Service ski areas. The bill promises to boost local economies while continuing to uphold the environmental safeguards already in place. It amends a 1986 act that allowed only alpine and nordic skiing on the USFS lands.


Expected benefits of the bill include:

-600,000 more summertime visits

-up to 600 more full and part-time seasonal jobs

-$40 million in direct funding to local mountain communities

Here in Oregon, the bill should impact Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood’s Meadows, Cooper Spur, Ski Bowl, Summit Ski and Timberline, Ski Ashland, Anthony Lakes, Hoodoo, Willamette Pass and Spout Spring.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mt. Bachelor Gets Snow, Announces Discount

Mt. Bachelor gets first real snow of the season and announces 4-ticket discount package.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Mt. Bachelor got some snow last night and is likely to get even more this afternoon into tonight. Take a look at the whiteness right here.

Fittingly, the mountain also announced a four-pack of tickets for $169, meaning that each ticket would pencil out to about $42.25 per day. That's a good deal, considering a single day ticket could run you as much as $73.

The idea seems to be aimed at those who want to get up on the mountain frequently, but don't have the time/cash to make a season pass work.

Here's the rub, though. These four-packs are only available between Friday (as two days from now, 10/7) and Monday (10/10). They are only available online at Mt. Bachelor's site.

In other skiing news, other Western ski resorts are also getting hammered with snow. Just check out Mammoth in California.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mt. Bachelor Announces Season Pass Pricing

Take a look at your season pass options for the 2011-2012 season.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:02 PM

This afternoon, Mt. Bachelor made their annual announcement as to the prices for the upcoming winter's season passes.

The price has yo-yoed over the years, but has remained stable over the past few seasons with just a few minor tweaks. This year,  season passes are $829 for adults if you buy by September 30 and $1,029 if you wait until later in the fall.

There are some other new additions to the ticketing process, including an opportunity for season pass holders to buy discounted single-day lift tickets for $58. There's also a refund option in the event of injury, relocation or sickness.

Here's the complete rundown on the pricing. Passes go on sale on Thursday.

 


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Record Snowfall Allows Bachelor to Open for Midsummer Run

Mt. Bachelor announces surprise summer season for 4th of July weekend.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Mt. Bachelor management announced today that are opening the mountain’s summit run (s) for three bonus days of skiing over the Fourth of July weekend.

Bachelor spokesman Andy Goggins said that the record 650 inches of snowfall this past season afforded the company the chance to open for a three-day run in mid-summer. In addition to skiing, the first 250 enthusiasts to arrive each day will receive a commemorative t-shirt. The mountain will also offer live music at Pine Mountain West Village lodge at the base of Pine Marten.

Daily lift tickets are $30 for general public and $20 for passholders, including season pass, mid-week and club card members.  Lifts will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. July 2 – Mon. July 4 with skiers accessing the Summit Express lift via Pine Marten Express.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mt. Bachelor Breaks Annual Snowfall Record

Mt. Bachelor hits annual snowfall record with 616 inches and counting.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The massive winter blizzard quaint spring storm that ripped across the Cascades yesterday and last night dumped nearly a foot of snow on Mt. Bachelor, tipping the annual snowfall amount past the previous record.

As of this morning, 613 inches of snow had fallen on the mountain since the white stuff began dropping from the sky in October. The previous record was 606 inches, set in the winter of 1998-1999. The record is for "snowfall" -- the amount of total snow that has reached the ground -- not a record for deepest base.

And from the looks of the above  photo from this morning, it looks like more than a few locals ditched the office this morning to get in on the mid-spring powder.

The mountain switched to spring operating hours yesterday, meaning only the Skyliner, Pine Marten and Summit chairs will be running between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Mt. Bachelor Hits 500 Inches of Snowfall for the Season

Mt. Bachelor nears the all-time snowfall record.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

At some point last night, Mt. Bachelor received its 500th inch of snowfall for the season. That doesn't mean there is 500 inches of snow on the ground, that's just how much has fallen since the beginning of November. Got it?

Still, that's a hell of a lot of snow and an indicator that we might be close to hitting the all-time high in recorded seasonal snowfall, which according to Mt. B's marketing and communications director, Andy Goggins, is 574 inches, set in the winter of 1998-1999.

This graph spells it out a lot better than my amateur meteorological ramblings.


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