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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Get cheap Mt. B pass, support CASA

Mt. Bachelor picks CASA for fourth annual April Charity Ski Week

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Central Oregon’s CASA chapter was recently picked by Mt. Bachelor for the mountain’s Fourth Annual Charity Ski Week fundraiser, and if you act now you can support CASA and ski for cheap.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. This mostly volunteer crew of men and women from Central Oregon get to know abused or neglected children as their cases move through the area’s court systems. CASA advocates for the right of these children to live in a safe and loving home.

Here’s how you can support the organization and get a full-day pass for $25. Call 541-389-1618 to reserve your voucher. Then pick up the vouchers during the week of March 26th at the CASA office at 1130 NW Harriman St., Ste. 122.

Present the voucher and $25 at the mountain from April 2-6, or April 9-13 and have great day of skiing while supporting one of Central Oregon’s most active and important nonprofits.  


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

PPP Registration Now Open

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 8:16 PM

You still have a few months to find your best one-piece, neon snowsuit, schwinn ten-speed and vintage kayak, but the starting line is officially in sight for the 35th Annual PPP. MBSEF announced yesterday that it is now taking on-line applications for individuals and teams for this year's rite of spring race. This year's event falls a week later than usual and is scheduled for May 21. For race information and registration materials go to pppbend.com.


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Speed Kills? Apparently not on the way to and from Mt. Bachelor

What's with all the people driving dangerously fast on the way to Mt. Bachelor in Bend.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 11:21 PM

We were driving up to ski. The driver is a guy who’s lived here and been going to and from Mount Bachelor as long as I have over three decades. It’s snowing hard and we’re cruising along, in control, at 45 mph.

That’s when the first car blazes past at what’s gotta be 65mph. Then comes another one and another including one driver who thinks it’s safe to pass on a blind corner.

Which brings up the question: why the hurry? The ski area isn’t going to disappear, the lifts should be running all day, the snow looks like it’ll provide plenty of fresh, untracked cover to ski for the next several hours. So why the zeal to get there so quickly?

It’s always been thus and probably will not change until there’s a major accident. But who knows if even that will change some drivers’ need to go as fast as they can, pass recklessly and generally imperil a lot of people. And the bet part is the worse the conditions, the worse the driving.

Take a couple of years ago when I was crawling down the roadway because it was as slick as I’d ever seen it. Cars were already snugged up against the snow bank at the road’s edge after sliding ever so slowly into it.

At the first big bend in the road just after the Virginia Meissner snopark, an SUV came roaring up behind me and started flashing its light for me to either go faster or get the hell out of the way. I chose the latter.

The SUV hurtled by and made it about 250 yards before going into a huge slide, crashed through the snow bank and then proceeded to roll over three times on it’s way to landing some forty feet off the roadway.

Thankfully nobody was hurt and more than likely no lesson was learned.

“Unfortunately,” a retired OHP trooper told me last year, “everyone thinks if they have four-wheel drive they are bulletproof and can drive as fast as they want on snow and ice.”

Driving cautiously on the way to and from the mountain is a rule for some, four-wheel drive or not, but for most it’s something to scoff at.


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Mt. Bachelor Announces Opening Day

Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, announces it will open on November 24.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 12:42 AM

This is for real: Mt. Bachelor is opening on November 24. And that's not a rumor.

But it’s not unusual for the skier and rider world to become rife with rumors come mid-November. Rumors that start with a simple: “Dude, wouldn’t it be cool if the mountain opened this Friday” that quickly becomes: “The mountain is opening this Friday for sure.”

Someone asking how the person stating that the mountain will open is sure it will be gets in response: “Because my buddy who works as a lift op told me so.”

Then, of course, Pine Mountain Sports held its annual “Powderhounds” video and image fest at The Tower on Wednesday night and that means that the mountain has to open soon to meet the pent up energy and demand of all the riders and skiers who were at the show.

But they’ve gotta wait. For the record, here’s the official news from Mount B: “There seems to be some confusion in the community about our official opening day (rumor has it tomorrow is our first day of operations). With recent weather bringing snow and temperatures ideal for productive snowmaking, Mt. Bachelor is planning on opening in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Wednesday, November 24th. For the latest updates and information on opening day, alpine and Nordic conditions bookmark the new Mt. Bachelor website.

Everybody down with that? It’s next Wednesday and not a day earlier.

Now what’ll we do between now and then? Spread the rumor that the mountain is opening today.


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