trip reportThe family decided it was not one of our better ski trips. I have wife, 2 boys (9 & 12) and daughter 15. The first 2 dats, it was just me and the boys. We arrived in Portland late at night on 12-14. Woke up the next morning to ski Mt. Hood. Timberline was the only one open. Weather was beautiful and warm. Coverage was good so long as you stayed on groomers or glacier(Palmer Express). What we skiied was actually pretty fun, but limited. The glacier was cool in part b/c the chairlift ride has very dramatic scenery. The run down Palmer had a nice pitch and was wide open so you could play downhill racer. Second day was more of the same, but got a little boring after a few hours. Spent that night in Portland. Rendevouzed with wife and daughter and drove to Sunriver next day. Started skiing Bachelor on 12-18. First day was great. Warm sunny weather with soft snow. Coverage was pretty good so long as you stayed on marked runs. I did not go to Outback that day b/c of wife who is a terminal beginner, which turned out to be a decision I would regret. Next day was cloudy and windy. Family being from Hawaii are not too good in adverse conditions. 3rd day was just me and 12 yr. old boy. Unfortunately the weather had gotten cold. Not terribly uncomfortable, but cold enuf to turn the runs icy. The outback area which apparently had a little worse coverage was pretty icy all the way down. The area looked to have the best runs, but not when icy. 4th day was cold and windy and family was not good for too many runs.
Bachelor looks to be a cool mountain and was not crowded. Unfortunately, our timing was not perfect on conditions. Coverage was ok, it just needed either warmer weather or fresh snow to soften things up. P.S. I did the Summitt run the first day, but not until the end of the day when it had turned icy. Oh well maybe next year. Luckily, I have trip in a few weeks to Utah with a friend. I will not have to contend w/ whining.