Finally feeling Springy at Mt Bachelor
April 26, 2012
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Spring is a fickle visitor at Mt Bachelor. Anything can happen in April, and much of it did this mid-April weekend. A Friday night storm extended into early Saturday, bringing a good 5 inches of new snow. Following our usual reverse-psychology tactics, while the ‘crowds’ waited for the Summit to open, we shredded the dreamy pow in the trees off Outback and Northwest Express. After lunch, Summit-served volcano circumnavigations revealed the usual crazy mix of conditions on the backside of the mountain, from glacial ice to wind slab, pow filled gullies and sink-y slush, all in one run. More consistent was some excellent untracked windblown off Cow’s Face on the eastside. It was a fine day.
Sunday brought warmer weather, clear skies a good wind up high to constantly reload the eastside terrain. Like Toomies Thai in Bend, it was too good to resist. From superb windblown snow up high, to our own private groomer down to the lower Rainbow chair terrain, it was 900m vertical of pure pleasure. In the afternoon, we said adios to the west side of the mountain for the season, carving cream cheese groomers at high speed with 11 or so of our favorite hardcore friends.
We’ll be back in May for real Spring skiing.
2 days: 10,000m, 10,800m vert
Season Totals: 57 days, 474,800m vert, 28 powder days