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Mt. Bailey Cat-Skiing Closed?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I just heard that Mt. Bailey's cat-skiing operation in Oregon closed.

Does anyone know why?

I had an unfortunate experience there a few years ago. The guides, lodge, snowcats, and conditions were a disappointment (don't EVER stay at Diamond Lake Lodge - a total disaster).

However, I heard that the operation had recently been purchased by a group of CMH guides and was retro-fitting for a new launch this year.

I was willing to give it another try. What happened?
post #2 of 12
Wow. Their website says they've quit operations. I've never skied there but many of my friends had. All had a great time. Mt. Bailey gets an unbelievable amount of snow each year. Even this year with the rest of the PNW doing poorly they were getting a decent amount.
post #3 of 12
I make a call and get the low down.
post #4 of 12
would like to hear more... I'm planning on a trip there in March.....

thanks
post #5 of 12

It IS closed!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sad to see that after 25 yrs.

Web site - http://www.mountbailey.com/pages/home.html you'll see the goodbye from owner / operator Robert "Gus" Gustafson.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Too bad! Mt. Bailey's a phenom mountain.

We had conditions from hell on our trip: frozen crust on top and heavy, leg-breaking slop below. But, the terrain was fabulous. It's tempting to imagine how awesome it could have been if the snow had been decent.

I suspect Gus had a lot of bad luck: broken cats, guide problems and the worst lodge imaginable - which wasn't their fault (Diamond Lake Lodge - 90% filled with drunk snowmobilers, 1/4 of which are up all night gunning their engines).

Perhaps somebody will give this operation a fresh start, with a real ski lodge.
post #7 of 12
So is he selling his snowcats on ebay?
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Perhaps you can get a killer deal. However, consideration may be prudent.

I'm told these cats gulp 11 gallons of fuel per mile while climbing and require special operator training. Maintainance is also formidable (heavy equipment).

However, if you're in Utah, with the terrain and means, you have my envy.
post #9 of 12
Don't write them off too soon. Rick Oswald (Oz) and some other of the long-time guides bought the operation and they are open for bidness. See http://www.catskimtbailey.com/
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Gnarlito, you found it. Nice work!

I just called and spoke with them. Amazingly, Diamond Lake Lodge bought the operation, along with Oz, and it's run through the Lodge (see my reservations above on this facility)

According to Mike, the manager I spoke with, no new, separate lodge is possible because they're on National Forest Service land.

Mike admits that drunken snowmobilers are the norm for the weekends, and that's not going to change. However, if you can sleep though screaming 2-stroke engines, you won't find better terrain for $250 per day.

Driving in from Bend (get up real early) or skiing mid-week are other options.

Regardless of these concerns, it's nice to see this awesome mountain still utilized.
post #11 of 12

Mt. Bailey Cat skiing

So has anyone tried the operation recently? I realize that the lack of base in the Pacific Northwest is a BIT lean, but is the operation viable and worthwhile?
Pwdrski
post #12 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
Gnarlito, you found it. Nice work!

I just called and spoke with them. Amazingly, Diamond Lake Lodge bought the operation, along with Oz, and it's run through the Lodge (see my reservations above on this facility)

According to Mike, the manager I spoke with, no new, separate lodge is possible because they're on National Forest Service land.

Mike admits that drunken snowmobilers are the norm for the weekends, and that's not going to change. However, if you can sleep though screaming 2-stroke engines, you won't find better terrain for $250 per day.

Driving in from Bend (get up real early) or skiing mid-week are other options.

Regardless of these concerns, it's nice to see this awesome mountain still utilized.
You can stay at the Diamond Lake Jct. which is 15 miles away or Chemult on Hwy 97. I drive by Diamond Lake 2 times a week and their hill has a good snowpack. http://www.catskimtbailey.com/
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