BEND, OR -- Mt. Bachelor was forced to close Thursday after a broken water main shut off water to the resort's facilities. The ski hill's Drew Jackson tells KBND News, "We don't know what the cause was unfortunately, but we got a local contractor crew to come on up, and they were able to do a relatively quick fix." He says, "We discovered the location was about 3' underground where our main waterline pipe is, underneath the West Village parking lot, pretty close to our administration building. We did have to dig down through the asphalt, down to where that pipe was, 3' into the ground."
Jackson says things are mostly back to normal in time for Friday, with one big exception, "Guests who come up here during the day, though, will probably notice some boil water notice signs. As part of the standard procedure whenever there's any outage of water, we go through the normal testing process, which can take up to 24 hours. So, everything will be safe and good to go, but we will ask people to not drink the water at the mountain until those test results come back."
Mt. Bachelor officials are still watching the situation closely, and Jackson says they're working with impacted customers, "People who were affected by the closure, we're asking them to give our Central Reservations a call at 541-382-1709, and we're discussing options with them, and in many cases, offering refunds."
UPDATE: Resort officials said at 10 a.m. Friday they received the "all clear" from the water sample test and the water is safe to drink.
Photo: West Village area as seen from the Mt. Bachelor webcam, March 8, 2019.