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April at Mt Bachelor

There’s really nothing quite like Mt Bachelor in Spring. Huge terrain, a snow base that would bury NBL players, minimal crowds, and weather that while generally good, can throw up anything, anytime.

Apparently Friday was a wild, snowy, windy day. The west side and summit lifts didn’t open, leaving a few inches of ‘Spring pow’ for early Saturday explorers to shred. We headed west in the glorious morning sunshine, warming up on groomers with a 2 inch layer of creamy untracked snow. Few people were traversing right, off the Northwest lift and into the West Bowls, and here we found treasures that lasted a whole morning. Lap after lap, we pushed slightly wider to find untracked lines in the volcanic chutes that create superb above tree-line skiing. But as it warmed up, the trees down to the cat track back to the lift got progressively more challenging, By lunch time, it was definitely time to head high.

The skiing off the Summit chair certainly didn’t disappoint. Cow’s Face had some epic snow all the way down. The traverse into the Cirque was as simple and safe as I’ve ever seen it, bereft of ice and rocks, and some of the lines through the crater skied like butter. We finished with a drop off the back side for untracked lines at 3pm. These had great, soft snow, rolling and undulating terrain,  and the enjoyment was just enough to make up for the 2 mile push back to the lift on a cat track coated in superglue.

The promised sunshine on Sunday turned into a day of foggy, cold weather and progressively increasing dampness. The chopped up, frozen off-groomed pow from the day before never had chance to soften, so we tracked down two groomers off the Northwest Express that were skiing fine. And we ripped them until a 2pm departure, when the weather was like a typical Manchester summer day (ie drizzling).

Yep, there’s nothing like Mt Bachelor in Spring. Anything can happen, Often does. It’s nearly always fabulous. The best  Spring skiing in the USA. We’ll be back Memorial Day to close the season out.

Saturday 11,500m, Sunday 10,400m vert

Season Totals: 64 days, 22 powder days, 590,500m vert


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