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Mt Bachelor, Jan 16th-18th

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I was able to take a much needed break for a little rest and recreation at Mt. Bachelor this weekend. After business travel to Portland during the week, I drove to Bend Oregon on Thursday evening. I look forward to visiting Bend for the same reasons I enjoy Vermont: A great combination of skiing, people & scenery. The Bend area is one of the cleanest locations in the U.S. with superb year around weather. As usual, I arrived to a clear, star-lit sky and moderate temperatures.

On Friday I met up with Scott, AKA "Slider". Scott is an early and regular contributor at Epic who lives locally and enjoys skiing Mt. Bachelor on a frequent basis. Our skiing pace and preferences were a good match as we did our best to carve up the empty early morning slopes. We also meet Doug "Newfydog" mid-morning as we began to travel a wide range of runs. Doug also lives in Bend.

Conditions were also Vermont like with frozen granular, and I do mean frozen. An ice storm hit the mountain last week leaving a shimmering clear blue ice on every slope, tree and structure. It has taken several days to return to full operation as a thick layer of ice covered everything and the western side of the mountain was totally closed until today. Several inches of rain had drenched the subfreezing mountain, leaving a crystal blanket;







Carving conditions were awesome due to the effective grooming the night before and the sunny warm temperatures in the forties. The snow stayed cold and firm, but maintaining good edge-grip was not difficult. It was a blast to produce high edge agile carves and accelerate out of the turns. The wide runs & moderate slope allow carving from top to bottom. It also helped to have the right gear: lets just say the fatties do have their limits and would not have been as much fun as on a day like today.

We all laughed at the ice and both Doug and I could recall skiing on very slick slopes as racers out-East. To prove the point we made a series of turns on bullet-proof blue ice up near the summit. Scott also found some virgin sun baked butter as we skied the upper mountain. Good-times.

Ahhh... April in January, pass the sunscreen. I'm skiing again tomorrow, I'll try to add more pictures by Monday evening.

Michael
post #2 of 11
very cool.

alittle birdie from TGR tells me there is great BC corn skiing there right now.
post #3 of 11
It is starting to soften up alittle on the right aspects. Snow coming this week to your local resort.
post #4 of 11
Great pics. It's certainly been beautiful up there.

It seemed like yesterday was pretty good. Things started to deteriorate in after about 2pm. I was starting to get a little nervous seeing multiple sleds going down with passengers in the back. Taking the cross over in the afternoon was an exercise in skiing around obstacles...moving, falling, flailing obstacles with boards attached to their feet.
post #5 of 11
When you start threading the needle it's time to call it a day. Fun carving this last week.
post #6 of 11
We always loved skiing Bachelor when the snow was 'icy' (which meant packed by Mt. Ashland standards and packed powder by eastern standards) because Bachelor's famous groomers would be mostly empty. In 30 years of visiting Bachelor I never saw anything approaching blue ice there but I imagine it meant the slopes were even less populated.
post #7 of 11
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Bend, OR. An icy fog decorates the town;



Mt Bachelor;



The icy upper west side;





In case skiing is not enough of a thrill;

post #8 of 11
great pics Mike! looks like a good time. enjoy!
post #9 of 11
Great TR. Had the pleasure of skiing with Slider last spring so I know what a good time you had. (And how fast you were carving it up.)

How are mountain (lift) operations this year? Last season there were some scary moments courtesy of POWDR Corp if I recall correctly; just for curiousity's sake, any turnaround?
post #10 of 11
Wow - great pics! Hope there's some new snow before our Presidents' Day trip, but if not, the sun looks good.
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Great TR. Had the pleasure of skiing with Slider last spring so I know what a good time you had. (And how fast you were carving it up.)

How are mountain (lift) operations this year? Last season there were some scary moments courtesy of POWDR Corp if I recall correctly; just for curiousity's sake, any turnaround?
Lift operations were good, and grooming was very good. I know that the management is not well regarded, but things were OK last weekend.

Michael
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