Good morning shredders! Here is your daily dose of Mt. Bachelor conditions:
We saw some classic Pacific Northwest conditions on the mountain Tuesday, as this most recent front brought us warmer temperatures along with mixed precipitation. We stacked up a total of 5” of snow in the past 24 hours with today’s winds creating even deeper stashes throughout the mountain. Clouds parted this afternoon giving us a taste of what we’ll see Wednesday – colder temps and blue skies! After the freeze-thaw-freeze trend, be prepared for variable surface conditions and dense snow off-piste. Our operations team will be hustling overnight to get the slopes in prime condition…we’re thinking the groomers will be the best bet for Wednesday.
While the weather is forecast to be beautiful on Wednesday, Northwest and Summit lifts experienced severe icing during Tuesday’s storm. It will likely take us several hours on Wednesday to de-ice these lifts. We’ll also have to assess the snow surface – if it’s too icy in these areas, we may opt to keep them closed for safety purposes. Check the lift status section below for the latest information.
More snow is in the forecast later this week… and with nearly 9 feet on the ground at mid-mountain, it’s shaping up to be one of the best holiday ski/snowboard weeks in recent memory. We hope you can be here to experience it!
Important Cloudchaser Information
As you explore the new Cloudchaser lift and its terrain for the first time, here are some key things to know:
We’re re-constructing Rainbow Chair in a shorter alignment and until it’s finished, all terrain in the Rainbow lift area is closed. This will include occasional closures of the Sunrise Getback trail where it crosses under Rainbow. The best way to exit the Cloudchaser area is to follow the “green dot lollipops” (bamboo sticks in the snow) that will guide you from the top of Cloudchaser lift to the top of the Sunrise lift.
To get to Cloudchaser, ride Sunrise lift or ski along Summit Crossover run to the top of Sunrise lift. From there, you can ski down to I-5 run and then to one of Cloudchaser’s connector trails – Bluebird or High Pressure. The Cloudchaser Access trail from the bottom of Rainbow Chair is closed until Rainbow lift construction is finished.
Keep in mind that it takes time to learn an area’s fall lines and flats, so play it safe and refrain from wandering too far off-piste in the Clouchaser area. Treat the trees with respect – have a buddy, a pocket snack, and a charged cell phone in case deep snow sneaks up on you!
Tips for Holiday Visitors
As we head into the holiday season, here are some tips that will come in handy on our busiest days:
Our most plentiful parking is at West Village, where ticket, rental, retail and lesson services open at 8:00 a.m. And with breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. in West Village Lodge’s Cocoa’s Cafe, it’s the best place to start your day. Beat the morning rush, enjoy a hearty meal and be among the first in line for fresh tracks when the lifts open at 9:00 a.m. Carpool parking is also available exclusively at West Village. Those with 4+ in a car can park in a reserved, close-in area in the West Village parking lot (while spaces last).
For lunch, visit our mid-mountain Pine Marten Lodge – at the top of the Pine Marten & Outback lifts – where the clear-day views are spectacular. There are two restaurants: Scapolo’s offers pizza, soups & salads, while Sparks Cafe serves traditional grill favorites along Mexican-themed specialties.
Lessons and Childcare often book to capacity. Give us a call at 1-800-829-2442 to reserve a lesson or grab an opening at daycare in advance of your planned visit.
Our Snowblast Tubing Park is open daily through the holidays. Sessions start at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. each day. The number of tubers each session is limited and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early before your session begins to buy tickets and secure your tubing spot.
Still looking for a holiday gift idea? Give the gift of skiing or snowboarding with a Mt. Bachelor Gift Card. Available in any amount over $5, gift cards can be used anywhere on the mountain – from lift tickets to cappuccinos.
Snowfall Data West Village
Snowfall Data Mid Mountain
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