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Chicago Week 2015 - Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

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CMSC's big premier western trip is going to Mt, Bachelor, Oregon, this year.  The trip is February 21-28, 2015.  Mt. Bachelor is a new destination for the CMSC Chicago Week trip.  We have a group of about 130 people going on this trip.  It should be a great trip with many trip participants visiting a resort they have never been to before.

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Joining your group just long enough for one post!

I was at Mt Bachelor last week with BRSC  (ski council in DC/MD/VA area).

About 200 people & we had a lot of fog,snow, and some wet snow/rain at bottom.

Wednesday was good & did 6 runs on Summit lift. Mt B & Timberline are only

Oregon areas with good snow

 

It's sunny & you guys should have great weather and a great time.

They have a good base -bring good skis -no rocks! (unlike Tahoe)

 

tips: get to the top if Summit is running. It's closed a lot.

     waterproof clothes or garbage bags are occasionally needed. (PNW Rainfest)

     2 pairs of gloves can help with drying.

Good luck

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I am familiar with Blue Ridge Ski Council.  You are more than welcome to stay a member of the Chicago Metro Ski Council group!  I would like to see other councils create groups on here.  I believe this website would provide an easy way for ski councils & clubs to communicate with each other.

 

It sounds like BRSC had a good trip.  How often was the Summit lift closed or would it be easier to say how little it was open?  The terrain I am most interested in is served by the Summit chair (though most of the CMSC group probably is NOT interested in that terrain).

 

Where did BRSC stay?  In Sunriver or in Bend?  How was it?  What is the daily shuttle to/from the mountain like?

 

Thanks for the heads up on the clothing and extra gloves for wet conditions.  I typically bring two or three pairs of gloves and most of my ski clothes are waterproof (or at least they were when new).

 

Did BRSC do the "Last Tracks" function Mt. Bachelor offers?  If so, how was it?  Did most trip participants do it?  This is planned as one of the apres events for Chicago Metro's trip.

 

How about the "Night at the Museum" thing Mt. Bachelor promotes, did BRSC do that?  This is another one of the apres events included in the Chicago Metro trip.

 

Did anyone do the Wunderlust day trip to Crater Lake?  If so, did they enjoy it?  How long/strenuous was the snow shoe hike up to the lake?

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I am familiar with Blue Ridge Ski Council.  You are more than welcome to stay a member of the Chicago Metro Ski Council group!  I would like to see other councils create groups on here.  I believe this website would provide an easy way for ski councils & clubs to communicate with each other.

 

It sounds like BRSC had a good trip.  How often was the Summit lift closed or would it be easier to say how little it was open?  The terrain I am most interested in is served by the Summit chair (though most of the CMSC group probably is NOT interested in that terrain).

 

Where did BRSC stay?  In Sunriver or in Bend?  How was it?  What is the daily shuttle to/from the mountain like?

 

Thanks for the heads up on the clothing and extra gloves for wet conditions.  I typically bring two or three pairs of gloves and most of my ski clothes are waterproof (or at least they were when new).

 

Did BRSC do the "Last Tracks" function Mt. Bachelor offers?  If so, how was it?  Did most trip participants do it?  This is planned as one of the apres events for Chicago Metro's trip.

 

How about the "Night at the Museum" thing Mt. Bachelor promotes, did BRSC do that?  This is another one of the apres events included in the Chicago Metro trip.

 

Did anyone do the Wunderlust day trip to Crater Lake?  If so, did they enjoy it?  How long/strenuous was the snow shoe hike up to the lake?


Summit was only opened one day. Those that went to Crater lake had good weather & a good time (for a big price) but unfortunately they missed the Summit chair.

 

We stayed in the Riverhouse in Bend & parties were at their large convention center. (a few clubs were at the Doubletree)

What is "Last Tracks"? -think not.  We could go to a ticket site that counted lift rides and vertical skied.

 

The High Desert Museum went all out for a great dinner & a Free drink for "Night at the Museum"  It was great.

I did not do any Wanderlust tours (thougth they were pricy) but some did. We had new snow but a bit much fog & light rain at times.

You will probably have a lot of sun, little new snow, and maybe a bit firm conditions. Not sure which is better.

Hopefully the high elevation will keep snow quality decent.

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We stayed in the Riverhouse in Bend & parties were at their large convention center. (a few clubs were at the Doubletree)

What is "Last Tracks"? -think not.  We could go to a ticket site that counted lift rides and vertical skied.

 

Thanks for the updates.  Glad to know the "night at the museum" is a good event and the day trip to Crater Lake is good.

 

"Last Tracks" is an apres event we have included as part of the trip.  We have a gathering at the restaurant on the mountain and the end of the day as the resort is closing which includes appetizers and a couple drinks.  Mt. Bachelor grooms a couple runs from the restaurant to the base area and we get to ski down after our apres event and the resort has closed.  It's like the first tracks program a lot of resorts do only instead of being early in the morning before the resort opens it is at the end of the day after the resort closes.  I think it will be a fun event.

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Chicago Metro Ski Council's annual Chicago Week trip was held at Mt. Bachelor the week, February 21-28. The conditions at Mt. Bachelor were slick, hard pack/icy on Sunday & Monday, February 22 & 23. On Tuesday, February 24, it warmed up quite a bit and softened the surface. The Summit Chair opened and a number of us dropped into the Cirque and continued to the Tube on one run then to the Morraine on another run. It was skiing decent. We did a couple runs on Cow's Face which had softened up and was skiing great late in the morning. We went back up to Cow's Face at about 1:30 or so and the weather had changed with the snow having frozen back up into frozen chicken heads, terrible. Best runs and worst run of the day were on Cow's Face. Wednesday most of the group did a day trip with Wunderlust tours to Crater Lake for some snowshoeing and sightseeing. Thursday at Mt. Bachelor was okay. Everything was frozen up again, but it was skiing better than it was on Sunday & Monday. Friday, February 27, our last day skiing, we had 3" of new snow overnight and another 3" during the day. The Summit chair did not open, but it was a very good day skiing. Some of us spent the day exploring the trees on the lower mountain. It was a lot of fun even though a number of us ended up with core shots on our skis because the cover was thin and we could not tell what was rock and what was ice under the new snow. Saturday morning, February 28, we woke up to quite a bit of snow on the ground in Sunriver where the group stayed. It made for an interesting morning trying to load our buses at 6:00am with heavy snow falling for our departure back to Chicago. Overall it was a good week for the group. For many in the group it was their first time skiing Mt. Bachelor.

 

Anyone else want to give their summary on the Mt. Bachelor trip?

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