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Oregon or Colorado for Mid May skiing?

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I have one day to ski on the front end of a business trip from Phoenix to San Francisco on Wed May 13.  I am thinking of diverting through either Denver or Portland or Bend and skiing A-Basin, Timberline Lodge, or Mt Bachelor.  Squaw will be closed and Snowbird will not be open on weekdays by that week. Any suggestions?

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Originally Posted by mcmaxwell View Post

I have one day to ski on the front end of a business trip from Phoenix to San Francisco on Wed May 13.  I am thinking of diverting through either Denver or Portland or Bend and skiing A-Basin, Timberline Lodge, or Mt Bachelor.  Squaw will be closed and Snowbird will not be open on weekdays by that week. Any suggestions?


Colorado will have the most reliable weather. However, Mt Hood and Mt Bachelor can also be great this time of year. If you have not been to these areas this is a good time to go. Would you fly into the Bend/Redmond airport... Bend is several hours from Portland by car.

post #3 of 11

Bachelor will be open.  We had fresh powder this morning, no one skiing it.

 

Half the mountain is closed if you want to do some skinning.  We had an AT race there today.

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Thread Starter 

Will much more of the mountian likely close before I get there in 10 days?  Is the variety still decent?

post #5 of 11

From now through closing the Pine Martin, Skyliner and Summit will be running from 8:30 until 1:30.  Tickets are like $28  If the weather is good there is all sorts of stuff to ski off the summit, and you have 3000' of vert to play with..  If not, well, it can be a bit boring, but even then they are grooming some catch lines so you can get out to much of the closed area.

 

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Bachelor will be open.  We had fresh powder this morning, no one skiing it.

 

Half the mountain is closed if you want to do some skinning.  We had an AT race there today.

That's classic!

post #7 of 11

If I were you I would Fly into Reno and ski Mammoth

 

If you can affort the ticket from LAX to Mammoth take that route and cut ot the Drive from Reno or SoCal to Mammoth.

 

But Mammoth is where the late spring snow is happing

post #8 of 11

I would 2nd Mammoth or Bachelor.  Both are very dependable.  Mammoth is most likely to get stable weather that time of year with freezing nights & clear days.  Bachelor could be anything, but pretty reliable for some kind of good skiing.  As long as the summit chair is running, there is a lot to choose from.

 

I did ski at Snowbird last week, & it was perfect spring conditions (a little firm at the bottom in the morning, but winter snow at the top) with plenty of snow all the way to the bottom of the tram.  I think it can be a little more hit or miss there with the weather.  Those 3 would be my top choices.

JF

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Bachelor will be open.  We had fresh powder this morning, no one skiing it.

 

Similar at A-basin today (4" in 24, 6" in 48) with a limited number of skiers...a bit more snow today, but weather is suppose to clear up by mid-week, so it will likely be spring conditions.  Some of the hike to terrain is closed, but the website says that 89% of the moutain is open.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have decided to ski Mt Bachelor this coming wednesday, May 15, 2009.  I hate skiing alone, so if anyone is interested in showing me around the mountain, I would be grateful.

 

Thanks

 

post #11 of 11

More nice powder Friday.  I'm hoping it corns up fast.

 

I'll send a PM and try to rally some troops.

 

ps: Wednesday is the 13th.  That when you are coming?


Edited by newfydog - 5/11/2009 at 04:56 am GMT
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