It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest of the USA is having a challenging snow year. They’ve gotten some quality snow cycles and some vicious rain events. Enough rain to temporarily close ski resorts and wash away more snow than anyone would like to talk about.
Most ski resorts in the PNW are struggling to stay open this year and some have closed, waiting for more snow.
Through all of this Mt. Bachelor ski resort in Oregon is doing fine due to having the highest skiing and riding in the Pacific Northwest. Bachelor just opened their Northwest Chair (their best chair) for the season last week and they are sitting on top of a 73″ base after receiving 174″ of snowfall this winter. Bachelor averages 463″ of snow per year.
Unlike many PNW ski resorts, Mt. Bachelor sits at high elevation. The ski resort runs from 6,000-feet up to 9,000-feet. The higher elevation at Bachelor helps bring less rain, harvest more snow, keep snow longer, and keep temperatures cooler. All these factors add up to more snow and that snow stays around longer.
The Pacific Northwest is the most reliably snowy locale in North America. It’s only a matter of time before the PNW turns back on and simply unloads. Big snow is what they do.