Mount Bachelor ski area
Pine Marten Express chairlift in 2009
|Nearest city||Bend: 22 mi (35 km) east|
|Vertical||3,300 ft (1,006 m)
|Top elevation||9,065 ft (2,763 m)
|Base elevation||5,700 ft (1,737 m)
6,350 ft (1,940 m)
Pine Marten Express
|Skiable area||3,683 acres (14.9 km2)|
- 15% novice
- 25% intermediate
- 35% advanced
- 25% expert
|Longest run||1.5 mi (2.4 km)|
- 7 express quads
- 3 triple chairs
- 1 magic carpet
- 2 tubing tows
|Snowfall||370 inches (940 cm)|
Mount Bachelor ski resort is a ski resort located in central Oregon, approximately 22 miles (35 km) west of Bend, along the Century Drive Highway. The ski runs are on the northern face of Mount Bachelor, a stratovolcano built atop a volcanic shield in the Cascade Range. Since 2001, the ski area has been owned by Powdr Corporation of Park City, Utah. It is the largest ski resort (by area) by more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in Oregon, the second largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S., behind Vail, and the sixth largest of all ski resorts in the nation.[clarification needed]
Mount Bachelor offers one of the nation's longest ski seasons, mid-November through the end of May (weather permitting).
The Mount Bachelor Ski Area was founded by Bill Healy (1925–1993) on December 19, 1958, with $75,000 and a one year lease from the U.S. Forest Service for the land. The four other major stockholders were Felix Marcoulier (1917–2004), Dr. Bradford Pease (1912–2004), Oscar Murray (c. 1917–present), and Phil Gould. The founders raised $100,000 from local investors and made many important management decisions that would shape the path of Mount Bachelor and Central Oregon for decades to come.
The ski area opened as Bachelor Butte in October 1958 with a rope tow and a 3,100 feet (940 m) platter lift rising 1,000 ft (305 m) and a lift ticket was three dollars. The geographical name changed to Mount Bachelor in 1983 after the Bend Chamber of Commerce persuaded state and federal officials to adopt the more descriptive term "mountain."  Well-known broadcaster and avid skier Lowell Thomas visited the young ski area in 1961, flying over from Sun Valley with J. R. Simplot. The first area of the mountain developed for skiing was the northeastern side. The northwestern side was not lift-served in 1973, but those who ventured for the "Outback Trail Tour" paid a dollar in advance and got a return ride by a sno-cat to the lodge. A new trail was finished in 1975, and the Outback double chairlift was installed in the summer of 1976 at a cost of $700,000. It was replaced by the $3 million high-speed quad (Outback Express) in the summer of 1987; with a capacity of 2,800 per hour. The lengthy Northwest Express chairlift was added in the summer of 1996, a high-speed quad with 2,365-foot (721 m) vertical. This lift further expanded the terrain to the west and increased the resort's overall vertical, lowering the minimum lift-served elevation to 5,700 feet (1,737 m).
The first summit chairlift was installed in the summer of 1983, a high-speed detachable triple. At the time, it was just the second detachable chairlift installed in the world. It was upgraded to a quad in 1997. Original plans for a summit lodge and an accompanying service road were abandoned in 1982 to attain approval from the forest service.
Due to its challenging terrain parks and excellent snow conditions, Mount Bachelor is the official home training resort of many professional and Winter Olympic athletes, and hosts several professional USSA competitions each year.
The mountain is famous for its dry snow with typical snowfall of over 350 inches (890 cm) per year and a mid-winter base over 100 inches (250 cm). The resort boasts a lift-served vertical drop of 3,300 feet (1,006 m) with a lift running to 9,000 feet (2,743 m), just 65 feet (20 m) below the volcano's summit, which is accessible via a short hike. As one of the tallest mountains in the vicinity, Mount Bachelor often experiences high wind speeds causing the chairlift to the summit to be put on standby.
Trails and lifts
Total lift accessible area is 3,683 acres (14.9 km2) with approximately 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) groomed daily. The longest run is just over 1.5 miles (2.4 km). There are 10 chairlifts, seven of which are express quads. Following the Summit triple in 1983, the Pine Marten was the first express quad, installed in the summer of 1986. The accompanying lodge at the top of Pine Marten was built two years later. The Pine Marten Express was the world's first height-adjustable detachable quad. It was overhauled in 2006 for $3.5 million, with new terminals, cable, and all new moving parts. The Outback Express was installed in 1987 and the Skyliner Express in 1989.
In recent years, Mount Bachelor has made sweeping efforts to attract freestyle skiers and snowboarders. A 400-foot (122 m) super pipe is among the best on the continent, and hosted the 2006 USSA Olympic Qualifier. The resort's Bachelor Parks terrain park encompasses 3 parks, is nearly a mile (1.5 km) long, descending 850 vertical feet (260 m) and featuring a number of jumps, rails, boxes, and jibs for freestyle riders. Other parks include "Slopestyle Arena", and "Sunshine Park" for beginners.
In 2003, Transworld Snowboarding magazine (editors & readers) ranked Bachelor as the fourth best snowboarding resort in North America.
Mount Bachelor also has a cross country skiing area with 12 groomed trails covering 35 miles (56 km) and 850 feet (260 m) of vertical.
Other features at Mount Bachelor include snowshoeing, dogsledding, interpretive tours and snow-tubing. Seven restaurants, three bars, and three coffeehouses on the premises are distributed in four day lodges. Additional accommodations and lodging are nearby at Sunriver and in the city of Bend.
U.S. Ski Team
- Kiki Cutter (b. 1949), five World Cup victories, 1968 Olympian, runner-up in World Cup slalom standings and fourth overall in 1969
- Tommy Ford (b. 1989), World Cup racer, 2010 Olympian, eight U.S. Alpine titles
- Mike Lafferty, (b. 1948), 1972 Olympian, third in World Cup downhill standings and ninth overall in 1972
- Laurenne Ross (b. 1988), World Cup racer, 10th in downhill at the 2011 World Championships
- Summit: 9,065 ft (2,763 m)
- Base: 6,350 ft (1,935 m)
- Maximum: 8,975 ft (2,736 m) - top of Summit Express
- Minimum: 5,700 ft (1,737 m) - base of Northwest Express
- Vertical drop: 3,300 ft (1,006 m)
- Skiable area: 3,683 acres (14.9 km2) accessible by lift, with 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) groomed daily
- Trails: 88 total 15% Novice 25% Intermediate 35% Advanced 25% Expert
- Longest run: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
- Average annual snowfall: 462 inches (1,173 cm)
- Terrain Parks: 5 (Bachelor Parks P1-5, Slopestyle, and Sunshine)
- Including 1 Superpipe
- 12 Total
- 7 Express Quads
- 3 triple chairlifts
- 1 magic carpet
- 2 tubing tows
- BendBulletin.com - Mount Bachelor at 50 - 2008-11-30 - accessed 2012-03-24
- Mountain Stats from mtbachelor.com
- "Bill Healy; Built Mount Bachelor Ski Resort". The Seattle Times. 1993-10-29. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
- Eugene Register-Guard New Bachelor ski area set for seven month operation - 1958-11-27 - p.4D
- (Bend) Bulletin - Bachelor Butte name change months away - 1983-08-09 - p.B1
- , "'Media' pioneer helped put Bachelor on map", Bulletin, Bend Oregon, May 25, 1987; Horizons Monthly p. 7
- , "Lowell Thomas, Gov. Hatfield among celebrities at Bachelor", Bend Bulletin, Bend Oregon, March 22, 1961, p.1.
- (Bend) Bulletin - Skiing Bachelor's 'outback' is a ball - 1973-03-12 - p.7
- (Bend) Bulletin - Ski season begins Saturday - 1975-10-28 - p.1
- (Bend) Bulletin - Bachelor to get lift, bigger lodge - 1976-06-28 - p.2
- Ellensburg Daily Record - Oregon ski area may move into the big leagues - UPI - 1976-06-29 - p.5
- (Bend) Bulletin - Mount Bachelor expansion set - 1987-03-18 - p.A-1
- Eugene Register-Guard - Mount Bachelor adding another ski lift - 1987-03-15 - p.2C
- Sowa, Anna (July 31, 2006). "Ski lift mechanics a hardy crew". Bend Bulletin. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- Tri-City Herald - New summit chair makes Mount Bachelor skiing even better - 1983-10-07 - p.C1
- (Bend) Bulletin - Bachelor wins road to summit - 1982-04-05 - p.A1
- (Bend) Bulletin - Mount Bachelor road okay appealed - 1982-03-31 - p.A1
- (Bend) Bulletin - Bachelor abandons road plan - 1982-09-02 - p.A1
- trail map ew
- trail map nw
- (Bend) Bulletin - Bachelor more than sports center - 1988-11-20 - p.3
- (Bend) Bulletin - Catch your breath - 1989-12-21 p.E1
- Mount Bachelor trail map shows the base of Summit Express at 7,250 feet (2,210 m) and its rise at 1,725 feet (526 m)
- (Bend) Bulletin - Bachelor's high-tech lifts move more skiers faster -1993-12-03 - p.5,winter-rec
- Official website
- Ski Lifts.org - photos of lifts at Mount Bachelor
- Oregon History.org - history of Bachelor Butte ski area
- Historic Photo Archive - Bachelor Butte parking lot in 1963 on November 10