Mt. Bachelor ski resort in Oregon will be opening their terrain park tomorrow. They don’t quite have enough snow to get the entire mountain open just yet, so they’re going to open their terrain park and let people have at it until the day before Turkey Day. They’ll be closed for Thanksgiving day, then reopen the day after Thanksgiving for the season.
MT BACHELOR OPENING DAY DETAILS & MORE:
As excited as we are to get the 2013-2014 season underway at Mt. Bachelor, Mother Nature needs to provide a little more assistance before the resort can begin normal early season operations. While the last storm deposited an excellent blanket of snow above the 7,000 foot elevation, the current base depth in West Village ranges from as much as 18 uncompacted inches at our protected snow stake to as little as two compacted inches at the bottom of Pine Marten lift, which is too thin to stand up to normal levels of early season skier and rider traffic at the base of the mountain.
As a result, Mt. Bachelor plans to open a Terrain Park with multiple lines including rails and boxes, under the Sunshine Accelerator lift on Saturday, November 23. All 2013-2014 passes and 4 Packs are valid beginning Saturday and Terrain Park lift tickets will be priced at $29 for adults, and $19 for all other age categories. The Terrain Park is scheduled to operate daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through Wednesday, November 27. The resort will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
With cold temperatures expected over the next few days, snowmaking operations will be in full force under the Pine Marten Express lift and in the West Village base area to increase base depths in anticipation of opening early season operations for the Friday following Thanksgiving. More details on planned operations and services will be announced next week, prior to Thanksgiving.
In addition to the Terrain Park, a walk-up tubing hill will be available for snow-sliding fun in the Snowblast tubing area for $10 per 2-hour session, starting at 10:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m. The Nordic Center will also open on the Upper trails, offering approximately 5 kilometers of groomed runs with tickets priced at $10 for all ages. The walk-up tubing hill and Nordic Center will operate this Saturday and Sunday only. Information regarding reopening tubing and Nordic will also be announced prior to Thanksgiving.
Additional resort services beginning Saturday:
- Food and beverages from the Cocoa’s Cafe and beer bar in West Village Lodge and Pinnacles Coffee Shop inside Mountain Gateway
- Gravity Sports retail shop will be open with all the new 2014 gear and apparel and incredible deals on a large selection of last season’s skis, snowboards, demos and apparel, up to 50% off
- Season Pass and 4 Pack pictures & pass pick up at the Sales & Service Center inside Mountain Gateway
Services NOT available until after Thanksgiving:
- Snowsports School lessons
- Ski and snowboard equipment rentals and demos
- Child care programs or facilities
- The Mt. Bachelor Shuttle bus service from Bend to the mountain
Finally, now that opening preps are underway with grooming machines on the hill and explosive avalanche control work occuring, we are implementing our normal Winter Uphill Travel Policy. Starting Thursday, November 21, all uphill travel and hiking will limited to the Cinder Cone route. All other areas of Mt. Bachelor are now closed to hiking.