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Mt Bachelor or Crystal Mt in Mid May?

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Thread Starter 

I am contemplating a mid-May ski trip to the Northwest

I will be coming in from California

I am already set on going to Mammoth for Memorial Day

I went to Bachelor last June and was impressed 

They plan on running the Northwest Quad through May

I love the town of Bend

I have never been to Crystal and was wondering how it will compare 

Crystal hotels are more, but its ski in ski out

Should I go to Bachelor or Crystal ?

post #2 of 15

I would recommend Crystal. Both are good but Crystal is in prime condition right now. This video was shot last Friday. You can see the conditions for yourself.

 

post #3 of 15

I've made late season trips to Crystal the past few years, after they added the Gondola.

 

Hotels at Crystal are more like aging dorms, although they did remodel the bathrooms last season. They are not actually ski in/ski out. You still need to walk across the large parking lot. 

 

Skiing has been everything from rain to fresh wet snow to perfect corn. Depending when you go, skiing might be limited to Green Valley, which is fun for a day but doesn't really offer enough terrain for a weekend. On the other hand, several lifts could be running (even more than listed on the calendar) with skiing to the base. All depends on the snowpack.

 

I might be at Mammoth Memorial Day too.. :D

post #4 of 15

Crystal has better terrain and some on hill lodging.  Bachelor has a greater chance of nice weather and Bend close at hand.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses......I am torn......The flight times

to Portland using Southwest Air work better for me and are

cheaper. Hotels are fairly cheap in Bend.  There is a longer drive from PDX to Bend, but its doable.

I only have 3 days. I was thinking of skiing Timberline on the last day.

I love that Palmer Express Chair.  I skied in the summer. Its not open now.

When does the Palmer Express open?. 

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Originally Posted by SunValleySteve View Post

Thanks for the responses......I am torn......The flight times

to Portland using Southwest Air work better for me and are

cheaper. Hotels are fairly cheap in Bend.  There is a longer drive from PDX to Bend, but its doable.

I only have 3 days. I was thinking of skiing Timberline on the last day.

I love that Palmer Express Chair.  I skied in the summer. Its not open now.

When does the Palmer Express open?. 

When Weather is permitting.

Bachelor yesterday.

post #7 of 15
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They are not actually ski in/ski out. You still need to walk across the large parking lot.

You can ski in to the Alpine Inn, which is the most basic of Crystal's hotels, though I doubt you can in May.

 

As much as I like Crystal I wouldn't fly here to ski in May. To me, it wouldn't be worth the limited terrain and iffy conditions. If you don't mind late spring skiing I'd still say do it only as a last minute trip based on conditions/what's open. You won't find a town like Bend nearby--there is the base development (small), a tiny hamlet about 30 minutes away, then another 30 minutes you're in the 'burbs. If you know you like Timberline and Bachelor that late in spring then I'd do that.

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In my opinion, Timberline is not a good spring skiing destination due to its southern exposure.  The snow gets gooey really early in the day.  Bachelor, on the other hand, faces north which allows for more time before the inevitable glop forms.

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In my opinion, Timberline is not a good spring skiing destination due to its southern exposure.  The snow gets gooey really early in the day.  Bachelor, on the other hand, faces north which allows for more time before the inevitable glop forms.

 

Is Timberline a nightmare when all the ski camps are in full swing? 

post #10 of 15

For skiing late in the season Bachelor is head and shoulders above the rest. Much more terrain, sunnier climate better for corn formation, and as noted more north facing for snow preservation. Last season I skied Bachelor June 29-30, Crystal July 1 and a short ski tour out of Mt. Rainier Sunrise  July 2.  Crystal was a fun day but it was a 7 hour drive from Bachelor, which I shared with MadPatSki who really wanted to see both places for the first time.

post #11 of 15

...or you could go to Whistler/Blackcomb... can't remember which closes when.. I think BC is open until the end of May. 

post #12 of 15

I did Mt Bachelor last two weekends in May  plus end of June in 2012

 

Great snow, even got fresh snow at the end of may biggrin.gif

 

Hit Timberline up also on Memorial day. Palmer was running

 

I felt that Bachelor was much better than Timberline

 

Of course Bachelor closed on Memorial day mad.gif

 

Plus the Deschutes Brewerey in Bend make it a can't loose combination.

 

Hope to head up this year again

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses.........I love skiing the Summit Chair at Bachelor. The terrain is so smooth, rounded,

and vast because of the Volcanic features. I had such a good time even though it was June.

Southwest has $200 flights to Portland right now from Oakland. I haven't checked Redmond Airport yet.

 

I thing I will put off Crystal for another year or two. The Cascades are so beautiful. The forests are so dense

and so green. I was in awe when I was looking at the forests near MT Hood. I am sure I would like to do a Crystal/Stevens Pass

trip. I have never seen the mountains there. I have a place to stay in Leavenworth if I ever make it up there. The Article "Snow Fall" in the NY Times on the Cowboy Mt Avalanche at Stevens a few years ago won a Pulitzer Prize yesterday. 

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I thing I will put off Crystal for another year or two. The Cascades are so beautiful. The forests are so dense

and so green.

 

 

Come to Crystal when conditions are more likely to be good. From the Bay Area you have enough options that a last minute trip when conditions are great shouldn't be too expensive. The views of Rainier (if there's visibility) from the top will knock your socks off, plus you get 360 degree views of the rest of the Cascades, too.

post #15 of 15

More Bachelor candy. Today was the bestestbiggrin.gif. Very low water content maybe 4-6 %. Clear cool and calm made for some exceptional skiing.

Summit

Inverted Groomer turns.

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