BEND, OR -- With more snow in the forecast for this week, Mt. Bachelor announced Tuesday it would open for the 2017-2018 winter season on Saturday, November 18. The ski hill's Drew Jackson says, in addition to new runs and different activity sites this year, there's also new technology available, "It's real important to check our website conditions page before you head up; you can see what the actual weather is doing. There's a web-camera there, so you can see for yourself. And, new this year, ODOT has installed a camera along Century Drive, just close to Mt. Bachelor. So, for the first time ever, you'll be to see what the road conditions look like before you come."
Jackson tells KBND News, there will be plenty of new runs and old favorites for snow enthusiasts, this year. "If you haven't been to Mt. Bachelor in a while, you're certainly going to notice the new CloudChaser lift and all the new runs and terrain around that, over on the east side of the mountain, the weather-protected side of the mountain. It opened last winter. We've made improvements this winter, though, so even if you skied it last year, some of the runs will still feel new and different this year."
This fall brought over seven feet of snow, condensing to a base depth of 24" to 36". Jackson says the deeper-than-normal snowpack is leading to the resort opening sooner than the typical Thanksgiving weekend start. Conditions permitting, Pine Marten, Skyliner and Sunshine Accelerator lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nordic trails are also scheduled to open this weekend.