Closing weekend at Mt Bachelor
June 10, 2013
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Another Memorial Day weekend at Mt Bachelor. It’s become a bit of a tradition, and for good reasons. After a blast of Spring for most of May, winter returned for the last week of the season. A good 18 inches of snow fell in the 3 days before our well-waxed skis hit the slopes on Friday morning. The tail end of the weather system lingered all day, plopping a few inches of surprisingly carvable sludge all over the lower mountain. Traversing out past the Outback chair led to a treasure trove of untracked lines all morning, until the snow got sticky and the traverse back to the Pine Marten chair brought bacon-like smells emanating from out burning thighs.
Saturday was close to the perfect Spring ski day. Silly costumes, corn snow up high, innumerable lines off the Summit to shred, smashing softening shards of ice, run after run. Hiking the peak, pushing out to Cows Face, or dropping into the Cirque, the choice was as mind-boggling as a night in a Rogue brew pub. What a great day.
Winter returned for a last blast on Sunday, and by noon the sthick was overwhelming even our freshly waxed boards. We hung in to the end, surviving the glue on the flats between the fine corn on the steeper shots. As the lifts closed for the last this season, massive chunky snowflakes fell from the sky for a two minute wintry deluge. It was winter saying goodbye to the handful of hardy ‘skiers with a problem’ who were still riding the lifts to the bitter end. Thanks winter, for another great North American season.
Friday 9200m, Saturday 8900m, Sunday 8400m
Season Totals: 67 days, 22 powder days, 617,000m vert