Good morning shredders! Here is your daily dose of Mt. Bachelor conditions:
We have received 4” of new snow overnight and still see snow falling from the sky early this morning. This burst of snow is likely to taper off at some point before noon then leaving us with cloudy skies and temps in the 20’s. Winds were blowing out of the south most of the night and gusts were strong, we are now seeing a west wind with less extreme breezes. Wind is going to be the biggest factor that we keep our eyes on today – especially as we look at opening new terrain. The snow surface will be soft and smooth with a nice layer of oh so fresh powder on top!
Operational crews made great progress putting in catch lines and rescue roads on Northwest Lift during the day on Wednesday, now putting the ball in Mother Nature’s court! Lighter winds and a successful snow safety assessment from Ski Patrol are the final pieces of the puzzle that need to come together before we can open the powder gates to the west. A few things to consider as we move forward:
When Northwest opens, mandatory buddy riding WILL be required in the West Bowls. What this means is Ski Patrol may be checking buddies at entry points to West Bowls. If you exit a run and lift without your buddy we will be checking in on what happened, and you may / may not be able to load the lift until buddies have been reconnected. Be smart, be safe, be cool, stay stoked.
Friends on a powder day is the Mt. Bachelor way! This means staying within 1-2 turns of your buddy, always be in visual and auditory contact.
Shovel, transceiver, probe? Based on the volume of snow and type of snow we’ve received it’s recommended to ski / ride with a shovel / transceiver / probe when off any maintained trails like East Bowls off Cloudchaser and West Bowls off Northwest, and all those tree stashes in between.
No change in story here – there are literally STILL thousands of powder turns and slashes across the mountain to be had on existing open terrain. Enjoy skiing in riding in terrain you’re familiar with tomorrow and over the next few days. Obey all closures and don’t hesitate to throw out a high-five to lift operations or a Mt. Bachelor employee who’s been working outside / around the clock in this raging winter wonderland.
Deep Snow and Tree Well hazards exist on mountain so take personal responsibility seriously – seriously!
What about Summit? We’re dreaming about it too! Stay tuned. Prep work is being done as weather permits and know we will open as soon as possible.
Snow storms are the best time to make sure your snow tires are dialed! This Saturday you have the opportunity to win a set of Nokian tires at the Green Tire Giveaway. In recognition of safety month, we’re mixing things up by burying the tire off Milky Way and we’ll be running a safety focused “hunt.” Shovel, transceiver and probe will be necessary, and we’ll be burying additional prizes. Stay tuned for more details but make a plan to be here on Saturday.
Drive safe and see ya on the slopes!
Snowfall Data West Village
Snowfall Data Mid Mountain
Weather Sensor Data
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