Wintery Springtacular at Mt Bachelor
May 12, 2014
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It’s 24F at the base of Mt Bachelor just before 9am on Saturday. There’s 7+ inches of light fresh snow blanketing the mountain, and crowds are light. Fog and moderate wind lie in store at the top of the lifts, but within 30 minutes the Outback and Northwest Express (NWX) chairs are open, creating a vast area of open terrain.
Welcome to May at Mt. Bachelor. The finest Spring skiing in the USA.
I spent 6 days there skiing in the first part of May, and apart from one classic sunny Spring day, replete with Summit laps, cone explorations and slow, progressively sticky snow, the weather was positively unSpring-like. We never saw the Summit chair open again, and strong westerlies kept NWX closed until the last spectacular powder day. 2 days brought heavy but substantial accumulations of new snow, and it all culminated with a winter-quality dumping. Traversing off NWX and dropping down the Western chutes into the trees was absolutely spectacular, with endless fresh lines to score until early afternoon when the low-down snow became heavy. We were like Twitter Trolls having endless fun with Ann Coulter, refusing to stop because it was all just too easy to enjoy.
The cover is great all over the mountain, so you never know, Springtacular might make an appearance for us at Memorial weekend. I hope so …
8200m, 9600m, 9000m, 8200m, 7800m, 7700m vert
Season Totals: 58 days, 479,400m vert
10 powder days, 1 chowda day