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How is Mt. Bachelor

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Considering a ski trip in early February. Wondering how the coverage and snow conditions are.

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Huge warm up forecast sat-tues. Well below season average snow pack currently. Hopefully conditions improve goin into Feb or it will be pretty bad
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Good coverage currently, but off-piste is unskiable, just frozen solid ruts.  As mentioned above, should warm up significantly, spring conditions soon.   Coverage should be OK for a few more weeks, but we need a storm.  Gotten plenty of snow this year, but a crazy amount of rain.  Lucky to be open at all, really! 

 

All and all, might be the best conditions in the PNW.  That is not saying much! 

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My friends and I planned a Portland trip in early December including a ski trip on Hood, which unfortunately was not open yet. We decided to make a 6 hour round trip to Bachelor and got really lucky because it was the first day the summit lift had opened. Not all the trails/lifts were open but the runs were pretty long and very enjoyable. In the AM it was very foggy, but the skies opened up and the views were breathtaking. The slopes had some decent powder and there were a few fun off-paiste runs in the huge tree linings. Bend is a fun little town with a lot of restaurants and bars. I am hoping to go back sometime next year. This was my second time skiing out west so I don't have much to compare it to.

 

I heard about the warm weather right now causing poor conditions. That's unfortunate because you don't have too many options in the area without a long drive. I would love to go on a nice day in the Spring. Check out Mt. Bachelor's Facebook page for updates and videos.

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Originally Posted by BlueHens View Post
 

My friends and I planned a Portland trip in early December including a ski trip on Hood, which unfortunately was not open yet. We decided to make a 6 hour round trip to Bachelor and got really lucky because it was the first day the summit lift had opened. Not all the trails/lifts were open but the runs were pretty long and very enjoyable. In the AM it was very foggy, but the skies opened up and the views were breathtaking. The slopes had some decent powder and there were a few fun off-paiste runs in the huge tree linings. Bend is a fun little town with a lot of restaurants and bars. I am hoping to go back sometime next year. This was my second time skiing out west so I don't have much to compare it to.

 

I heard about the warm weather right now causing poor conditions. That's unfortunate because you don't have too many options in the area without a long drive. I would love to go on a nice day in the Spring. Check out Mt. Bachelor's Facebook page for updates and videos.

 

It is pretty good, considering.  Mostly spring conditions.  We need a storm. Unfortunately, the long term forecast is still poor. 

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Skied Bachelor yesterday. 50F and a rock solid base of +40".  Having skied this hill for decades I will warn you that when the base softens venturing off the groom can be hazardous to your well being. Remember it's only a 40 plus base. Those Volcanic rocks lurk under the soft snow pack. I have been pitched off my skis in the apex of a turn from hitting rocks that were not visible. Fortunately I didn't land on the next hidden one in front of me.  We've got 2 weeks left give or take unless conditions change. There's a lot of resorts much worst off. I'm seeing Ca-Wa plates in the parking lot mid-week.

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Spring conditions for sure, and some storms are needed, but it's not quite as bad as people are making it out to be. I've been skiing Cows Face down through the bowls with no issues (but some fantastic corn snow), and skied 11 O'Clock couloir off Broken Top last week with no coverage issues (though the snow could have been better).

Do we need a big storm? Yes.

Is it unski-able off piste right now? No.

 

Your first run down anywhere new, take it a bit slow and scope things out, but conditions are prime Juneuary.

That said, pray for snow!

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Has anyone been to Mt. Bachelor lately? I am traveling to the area to visit my brother, but am not sure if I should bother bringing my skis. How are the runs on Bachelor?

 

thx,

Kat

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Skied Bachelor yesterday/Monday. Great conditions and warm temps. if that's possible. A light wind kept the snow fast. No rocks on the groomers but stay out of the trees. Somewhat firm in the early AM then softens by 12. Warm up coming next week. There's more.........Winter is returning to the West coast starting early March. :) 

 

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Skied Bachelor today. Groomers are great. Off piste (bowl/cirque area) is decent once the sun hits it for a couple hours. Spring conditions for sure, but worth getting some skiing in (but I like skiing). =)

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I am heading to Mt. Bachelor on Saturday, February 21, with a group of 130 people from the Chicago area.  I hope it is skiing good or we will have a lot of disappointed people, many which have never skied in the Pacific Northwest before. 

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I am heading to Mt. Bachelor on Saturday, February 21, with a group of 130 people from the Chicago area.  I hope it is skiing good or we will have a lot of disappointed people, many which have never skied in the Pacific Northwest before. 

 

I would say if you come with realistic expectations, you guys will have a blast. The west coast is having a terrible snow year, Bachelor included, but what we do have is really fun to ski. Groomers in the morning are awesome, and by noon-ish off piste has likely softened up to spring corn. If you come with the attitude of enjoying what we have, you'll have a blast. If you come expecting 400"+ of snow to have fallen already... this isn't your year, and you may be slightly disappointed. Just wanted to make sure you were aware...

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The bar skiing is good too.
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The bar skiing is good too.

I had one of those

 

Fixed me right on up :D

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