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post #31 of 50
As has been said if you hit decent weather at Bachelor, you'll have a ball. No it is not a difficult mountain. Making the very short hike above the summit chair to enter The Cirque provides a very steep, but short slope

Lots of great wide open cruising available. And that consistent pitch on Beverly Hills under and adjacent to the summit chair is diificult. It is an extremely long groomer with a very consistent pitch that makes speed contol a challenge.

I have experienced some fabulous powder days and some absolutley amazing groomer days there. but at the height of my sons racing careers we were sking there about 20+ days a year and two of the trips every year were 7 straight days and 5 straight days respectively. And we skied there every February for 7 days of racing for about 5 years.

Bend is a great town. lots of good restaurants, bowling and a lot of character. Don't listen to MTT the drive is no big deal. as Newfy said.

One word of caution i have also experienced 85 MPH winds and absolutle white out while it was sunny in Bend and riming googles
more often then I would like to admit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rime_ice

Try running a FIS downhill with this s_ _t on your goggles. Not good!

But i have also experienced some of the best conditions in February too!
post #32 of 50
If you are coming by car or renting one go to Salt Lake City find an Extended Stay Hotel
close to the mountain. Then get your family up to Alta. It's the best buy for lift tickets plus has terrain for the family. You can all take the same lifts and ski down different runs
from esay to difficult.
post #33 of 50
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Dude, where you live =/= the 'burbs I stay in when I'm in town. I think I'm correct in stating that most people stay a good bit northwest into the sprawling concrete jungle from where you live. At least most people as cheap as I am.
Well, DUDE, if you don't like where you stay, then don't stay there. The post said that Bend is much more attractive than SLC *SUBURBS*. Which I find very debatable. Bend isn't that great of a town, IMHO.

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I'm with dookey, I think the OP should swing two trips. Easier said, eh?
Well, of course, doesn't that go without saying! It also doesn't answer the original posters question.
post #34 of 50
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and as someone mentioned there is the Deschutes Brewery

Well, yeah, if drinking is your motivation and not great powder skiing, then Utah probably isn't your best bet. ( But can't you drink anywhere? )
post #35 of 50
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Wow, once again I appreciate the response, very cool that y'all respond so freely to a newbie. Anyhow, after more discussion with my wife, I think we are leaning toward Bachelor/Bend. The accomodations are with friends and as someone mentioned there is the Deschutes Brewery (I loves me some Black Butte Porter, and if I am lucky I still may be able to get Jubel Ale straight from the source!).
Okay. A couple of recommendations for you...

- If you like Thai food, there's a great place at 110 Minnesota (st/ave). Don't remember the name of the place. Plan to wait 30 minutes for a table. Food is excellent.

- If anyone in your party decides to ski the trees - which is a lot of fun - be sure to do so with a partner and stay in close contact with each other. "Tree wells" are serious business.

Do a search on this forum for more info; "tree wells" are a concern at any ski resort, but Bachelor has some great tree skiing on the "Northwest" lift. A gal lost her life in a tree well a few years ago at Bachelor. (The only thing I do when I'm at Bachelor is ski the trees on the Northwest lift; it's a lot of fun.)

Enjoy your trip. Bachelor has some of the best snow in the Pacific Northwest and Bend is a nice place to visit.
post #36 of 50
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as someone mentioned there is the Deschutes Brewery (I loves me some Black Butte Porter, and if I am lucky I still may be able to get Jubel Ale straight from the source!).
Yeah, Deschutes has some great beer and good employees. The owner used to share profits with those employees until the profits got really big, and he didn't intend to share THAT type of profit. Instead he sponsors right wing causes, so depending on your leanings you might want to avoid or patronize the place. I still go to the place because they do have the best beer, but the other three brewpubs get my business as well.

If you want Thai take out go to the drive up trailer behind the Texaco and Jiffy lube on Greenwood. The ladies will ply you with as many free samples as will fit on your dash.

Ariana is my favorite upscale restaurant.
post #37 of 50
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Ariana is my favorite upscale restaurant.
Have you tried the Bluefish Bistro?
post #38 of 50
I like both Hans & Cork.

the one time I went to the Pine Tavern it was excellent!
post #39 of 50
Hans closed up.

The last time at the Bluefish Bistro they served rotted mussels for a starter and proceeded to explain to me that they really were good, I just don't know my mussels. (Mytilus edulis, or a related species which I know very well having harvested many personally and cooked every other week for years.)
post #40 of 50
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The last time at the Bluefish Bistro they served rotted mussels for a starter and proceeded to explain to me that they really were good, I just don't know my mussels. (Mytilus edulis, or a related species which I know very well having harvested many personally and cooked every other week for years.)
That's too bad. I've had a couple of excellent meals there.
post #41 of 50
Having skied all over the world for 30 years, I will retire to SLC, the best ski CITY(!) IN THE WORLD-for sking. If you want the more than the sking(party, resort ambiance-IN GENERAL- FUN), there are other posibilites(Colorado, TAHOE). . You have decieded what your priorities are!
post #42 of 50

Mt. Bachelor sucks...

Reading some of these posts, I am totally shocked : that a number of people actually seem to prefer Bachelor to the Utah resorts. My experience at Bachelor has been a miserable assortment of heavy winds, wind crusts, white-outs, RAIN, long lift lines, and limited terrain (with the peak often closed due to weather)... Utah, on the other hand, truly does have the best snow on earth (in the Cottonwood Canyons), an incredible range of terrain, tons of blue sky powder days, and reasonable prices on food, drink, and lodging.
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by sonja_sonja View Post
Reading some of these posts, I am totally shocked : that a number of people actually seem to prefer Bachelor to the Utah resorts. My experience at Bachelor has been a miserable assortment of heavy winds, wind crusts, white-outs, RAIN, long lift lines, and limited terrain (with the peak often closed due to weather)... Utah, on the other hand, truly does have the best snow on earth (in the Cottonwood Canyons), an incredible range of terrain, tons of blue sky powder days, and reasonable prices on food, drink, and lodging.
Eh? Bachelor rarely has long lift lines. Nor does it rain much. The rest can be true if you catch bad weather. OTOH, if you catch nice weather with the whole volcano blanketed in 1-2 feet of powder its a stunning skiing oasis.
post #44 of 50
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Eh? Bachelor rarely has long lift lines. Nor does it rain much. The rest can be true if you catch bad weather. OTOH, if you catch nice weather with the whole volcano blanketed in 1-2 feet of powder its a stunning skiing oasis.
Right on! Max!

Anytime you go anywhere to ski for 7 days you are taking a weather risk. I cna be great or it can suck, you just never know for sure.
post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by sonja_sonja View Post
Reading some of these posts, I am totally shocked : that a number of people actually seem to prefer Bachelor to the Utah resorts. My experience at Bachelor has been a miserable assortment of heavy winds, wind crusts, white-outs, RAIN, long lift lines, and limited terrain (with the peak often closed due to weather)... Utah, on the other hand, truly does have the best snow on earth (in the Cottonwood Canyons), an incredible range of terrain, tons of blue sky powder days, and reasonable prices on food, drink, and lodging.
The summit is not the necessarily best skiing on the hill. Northwest Express, Out back and Pine marten Express as well as Skyliner can be a ball!
post #46 of 50
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Hans closed up.

The last time at the Bluefish Bistro they served rotted mussels for a starter and proceeded to explain to me that they really were good, I just don't know my mussels. (Mytilus edulis, or a related species which I know very well having harvested many personally and cooked every other week for years.)
Bummer about Hans, it had been around quite a long time.
post #47 of 50
Skiing Utah is something any good skier should do, but with the whole family in tow (and local friends to hang with) I don't think you can go wrong with Bachelor. If you get really bored or the weather truly is un-ski-able look north to Meadows. That is a realistic day trip as the road approach isn't that bad.

The one thing not mentioned yet is storms at Bachelor come in from one side or the other and the ski-able acreage allows you to move to the other side for a much less direct hit from the storm. No doubt the winds can be pretty tough so good technical clothing is recommended. Skiing in big storms/dumps is fun if you are comfortable.
post #48 of 50
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Originally Posted by sonja_sonja View Post
Reading some of these posts, I am totally shocked : that a number of people actually seem to prefer Bachelor to the Utah resorts. My experience at Bachelor has been a miserable assortment of heavy winds, wind crusts, white-outs, RAIN, long lift lines, and limited terrain (with the peak often closed due to weather)... Utah, on the other hand, truly does have the best snow on earth (in the Cottonwood Canyons), an incredible range of terrain, tons of blue sky powder days, and reasonable prices on food, drink, and lodging.
Thank you so much. Spread the word throughout the ski world.
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by Altaman View Post
Having skied all over the world for 30 years, I will retire to SLC, the best ski CITY(!) IN THE WORLD-for sking. (snip) You have decieded what your priorities are!
Exactly. That's what I did. I love SLC, and I'm glad that its such that the people who want to "party" end up moving elsewhere. That's a HUGE blessing, IMHO.
post #50 of 50
I've never skied Bachelor so I can't compare but Utah has the goods. You wouldn't get bored. You could ski a different resort each day all within an hours drive time of each other. If you wanted to make a little longer drive (about 2 hours) I would be happy to show you around my home hill, Beaver Mountain. Its small but powder stashes can be found for a week or more after a storm. I also have a 10 yr. old daughter who would love some company.
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