Mount Bachelor ski area
Pine Marten Express chairlift in 2009
|Nearest city||Bend: 22 mi (35 km) east|
|Vertical||3,365 ft (1,026 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||4,318 acres (17.5 km2)|
|Runs||101 total |
- 15% novice
- 35% intermediate
- 30% advanced
- 20% expert
|Longest run||4 mi (6.4 km)|
- 8 express quads
- 3 triple chairs
- 2 magic carpets
- 2 tubing tows
|Snowfall||462 inches (1,170 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 former 10th Mountain Division Elite Force ski trooper  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-foot (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 agribusiness magnate J. R. Simplot.
The first chairlift was Black chair in 1961, shortly followed by the red chair lift in 1964. In 1967 and 1970 the yellow and blue chair lifts were added, and in 1973 the green and orange chair lifts were added. The following lifts were added afterwards and the names continue to this day. These lifts include outback in 1976, rainbow in 1980, and sunrise in 1982. 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 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 (1,740 m). In 1976 Mount Bachelor had a severe drought and was only open January 2 through February 14, and February 26 through April 30. There was a loss of an estimated $4 million and took 4 years to recover. Following the drought the Nordic initiative began and the main lodge expanded.
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 U.S. 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 462 inches (1,170 cm) per year and a mid-winter base over 150 inches (380 cm). The resort boasts a lift-served vertical drop of 3,365 feet (1,026 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 4,318 acres (17.5 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 11 chairlifts Carrousel Chair, Northwest Express, Outback Express, Pine Marten Express, Rainbow Chair, Red Chair, Skyliner Express, Summit Express, Sunrise Express, Sunshine Accelerator, and Cloudchaser. Northwest Express, Outback Express, Pine Marten Express, Skyliner Express, Summit Express, Sunrise Express, and Sunshine Accelerator  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.
Mount Bachelor has outlined in its master plan that it intends to replace its Sunrise Express to a high-speed six-pack, along with replacing its Rainbow triple chairlift with a high-speed quad. In addition, the ski area plans to expand its downhill mountain bike terrain and install a zip-line.
In the early 1990s, Mount Bachelor had intentions of installing an 8 passenger high speed gondola which would run from the Sunriver access road to the base area of the Sunrise lodge. However, while marketed in ski magazines, this gondola was never built.
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.
Mt Bachelor offers lift accessed skiing and snowboarding 9-4 7 days a week from mid November to the end of may. On nice weather days Mt Bachelor offers Skiing 360 degrees off the summit of the mountain. Bachelor holds some of the driest snow relative to the Cascade's. The mountains wide variety of elevation and aspect allows skiers and snowboarders to find good snow nearly every day of the season. Many avid skiers and snowboarders can access a bulge on the north side of the mountain referred to as 'the cone' by hiking before, during and after the resorts typical hours of operation.
Trail map available at;
Mt Bachelor has the longest groomed Nordic season in North America, running from mid-November through late-May! Snow conditions permitting they often extend the season into June.
Nordic ski trail map available at;
Mountain Bike Park
Starting in the summer of 2013 Mt bachelor gained access to a special use permit that allowed them to provide lift shuttled down hill mountain bike laps. Since 2013 Mt bachelor has continued to develop mountain biking infrastructure by building a wide variety in downhill trails. Varying from the family single track to the bad to the bone down hill bike park.
Bike park trail map available at;
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
Number of guests per day.
Top 10 Days
Top 20 Days
- 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: 4,318 acres (17.47 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
- 13 Total
- 8 Express Quads
- Pine Marten Express - (2006, 1986) 
- Outback Express - (1987) 
- Sunrise Express - (1993) 
- Skyliner Express - (1989) 
- Summit Express - (1997, 1983 (express triple)) 
- Sunshine Accelerator - (1993) 
- Northwest Express - (1996) 
- Cloudchaser Express - (2016)  - Opened 12/16/2016
- 3 triple chairlifts
- Red Chair
- 1 magic carpet
- 2 tubing tows
- 8 Express Quads
|Top Elevation ft.||--||7,605||7,270||6,606||8,950||7,631||6,628|
|Bottom Elevation ft.||--||6,390||6,470||6,440||7,240||6,325||6,385|
|Total Vertical ft.||1448||1,215||800||166||1,710||1,306||243|
|Horizontal Distance ft.||6576||3,700||3,643||1,175||4,460||5,722||1,871|
|Slope Distance ft.||--||5,515||3,732||1,194||4,783||5,878||1,888|
|Average Slope %||--||23%||22%||14%||38%||23%||13%|
|Op. Capacity (People Per Hour)||2400||1,800||1,800||1,350||2,400||2,400||2,200|
|Rope Speed (fpm)||1000||500||886||300||1,024||985||886|
|Trip Time min.||--||11.03||4.21||3.98||4.67||5.97||2.13|
|Drive Output (hp)||Unknown||Unknown||244||60||800||520||128|
|Top Elevation ft.||7,732||7,495||7,755||8,065|
|Bottom Elevation ft.||6,365||6,337||5,975||5,712|
|Total Vertical ft.||1,367||1,158||1,780||2,253||12,124|
|Horizontal Distance ft.||4,562||3,850||6,738||8,040|
|Slope Distance ft.||4,779||4,020||6,991||8,377||47,428|
|Average Slope %||30%||30%||26%||29%||27%|
|Op. Capacity (People Per Hour)||2,400||1,500||2,400||2,400||23,050|
|Rope Speed (fpm)||985||475||985||1,000|
|Trip Time min.||4.85||8.46||7.10||8.38|
|Drive Output (hp)||488||Unknown||646||931||3,817|
Source: Mt. Bachelor Master Development Plan: 2010 
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- 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)
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