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Mt Bachelor Third Week in April

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Hello,

 

My wife is a teacher, so the date of our Spring skiing trip is always fixed. This year it's 4/16/11 - 4/23/11. Since it's so late in the ski season, our choices are somewhat limited. I'm always trying to choose the largest open resort that we haven't been to yet.

 

For Bachelor, even in a high snow fall year, do they usually start shutting down portions of the mountain in April due to reduced skier traffic? Which lifts are usually closed? Also, I've inferred from other threads that they start closing the mountain at 1pm. Can anyone confirm if this is true?

 

Thanks for your help,

 

Andre

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Have you tried Mt. Hood Meadows or Timberline?  Both are still running strong that time of year.

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Have you tried Mt. Hood Meadows or Timberline?  Both are still running strong that time of year.

 

Nope, but as you're suggesting, I should consider them since we'd be in the neighborhood, so to speak. So far we've done Banff (Sunshine, Louise) and SLC (Snowbird, Alta, Solutitude) and have had great luck that late in the season.

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If you havent been to Mammoth it's probably the largest resort that will be open that you haven't been to yet.

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/mammoth 

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Bachelor should still be in full operation then. The base is 6K ' and the top 9K feet.

 

I have skied there numerous times that week as that is  close to when Northwest Cup Finals are held (PNW USSA Race Series championships)

 

Have had fabulous spring to amazing Mid winter comditions. Go for it! Really fun mountain. Nothing very difficult there, but great grooming and you can get some am,azing powder that time of year too!

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Bachelor should still be in full operation then. The base is 6K ' and the top 9K feet.

 

I have skied there numerous times that week as that is  close to when Northwest Cup Finals are held (PNW USSA Race Series championships)

 

Have had fabulous spring to amazing Mid winter comditions. Go for it! Really fun mountain. Nothing very difficult there, but great grooming and you can get some am,azing powder that time of year too!

 

No question they'd have plenty of snow for full operations, more interested to learn if the bean counters start turning off lifts. Since you've been there that week and seen the mountain totally open, that's a huge endorsement for going there over Mammoth. It's frustrating to be at a mountain that's covered in snow, but running only a couple lifts (I'm looking at you Alta). My understanding is that Mammoth shuts down the Canyon and Eagle areas by that time of year. Definitely leaning towards Bachelor, especially w/ La Nina conditions favoring the PNW.

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I just researched this question here: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=9064&start=15

 

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The La Nina argues for some caution at Mammoth in early season, but there is little question of an inadequate snowpack in April. But yes, if I had to make the call now with the La Nina I would choose Bachelor if only based upon likely more snow.

Unfortunately there is another issue. Lift operations are often cut back after the 3rd weekend in April. Mt. Bachelor's practice in recent years has been to cut back lift operations (no Northwest, Outback and limited backside access) and hours (close at 1:30PM) after the 3rd weekend in April. There has been no flexibility in that decision, though in fairness I have put a call in to ask if the late Easter might make a difference. The tentative response is that they wait and see how business is going in the spring (which means don't expect any change), but my question is being passed up to the marketing director.

Mammoth has closed Canyon and Eagle Lodges after the 3rd weekend in April in recent years. However, Mammoth's operations are based upon conditions and demand more than the calendar and are still likely to close at 4PM in your time frame. I have called Mammoth and they intend to maintain full operation of lifts and Canyon/Eagle lodges to April 24 because of the late Easter.

Without an expectation of full operating hours and lifts from Mt. Bachelor, I would choose Mammoth for that week despite the La Nina.
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I don't consider the early lift closing time a problem.  The beauty of that is that you head down to Bend or Sunriver and either play golf or go mountain biking or fishing!  That is a great time to be in central Oregon.  Ski in the morning and other stuff in the afternoon.

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I don't consider the early lift closing time a problem.  The beauty of that is that you head down to Bend or Sunriver and either play golf or go mountain biking or fishing!  That is a great time to be in central Oregon.  Ski in the morning and other stuff in the afternoon.

I do.  I've been skiing at Mammoth for 30+ years throughout the spring, and they adjust closing hours according to conditions.  Typically 4PM to end of April, 3PM through Memorial weekend, 2PM or earlier after that.  Last April was one of several when it continued to snow through most of April.  You think it's OK to close at 1:30 on powder days?  Memorial weekend marks the point at which I start doing "other stuff" in the afternoons.  I do understand that at Bend's lower elevation the other stuff becomes available much earlier in the spring than Mammoth.  However, my practice is often to ski one day and do something else the other in late spring.  If conditions are good on the ski day, I want to ski as long as they stay good.

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