Mt. Bachelor Sunday, 12/11Not an epic day by any stretch. Just one of those average excellent days. The sun was out, the temps were in the 40s, the wind was light, and there were no lift lines. The summit was open, although it was a little tricky finding a rock-free route if you went off piste.
The least best snow was in the trees off of the Northwest Express and Outback lifts. I thought I'd find some nice creamy untouched stuff over there, but instead heavy, watery "branch bombs" deposited after the last storm cycle have dropped onto the snow and have frozen into a crusty surface. The second least best condtions were above timberline. The snow was windpacked but inconsistent in places, especailly where people had cut traverses while the snow was still creamy a week or so ago.
The best snow was on groomed cruisers. The snow was soft and grippy corduroy in the morning, but as the shadows got longer, the snow got cut up into a nice soft chop on the more heavily skied runs. If anything, the snow on these runs was better at the end of the day than at the beginning.