BEND, OR -- After more than eight inches of fresh snow blanketed Mt. Bachelor over the weekend, the ski resort expects to welcome skiers and snowboarders back to the mountain. Drew Jackson tells KBND News that crews have been busy preparing the new snow for skiers.
"It's been an awesome refresh for the slopes and terrain," Jackson says. "The mountain definitely looks like it's covered in white again, and winter has returned."
The Cascades had seen a shortage of snow in recent weeks. The Great Nordeen, the biggest Nordic ski race in Central Oregon, was postponed to March 14. The race, which runs from Mt. Bachelor to Wanoga Snow Park, was unable to continue after snow levels became too low to hold the race.
Jackson says there were also spotty areas on the Mt. Bachelor runs. "The new snow has helped cover some spots, especially down near the base, that were starting to get a little bit thin," Jackson says. "[It's] helped improve the quality of the surface for both skiing and snowboarding."
Mt. Bachelor dealt with strong winds earlier this weekend. Jackson expects conditions to improve with this week's sunshine. "The forecast is already calling for a week of nice weather," Jackson says. "I think this is going to be one of the best weeks of skiing and snowboarding we've had all season."