BEND, OR -- Mt. Bachelor has nearly completed work on its newest lift. "We’re still on track to have Cloudchaser opening in December, in time for the Christmas holiday," Drew Jackson tells KBND News. "We had a little setback in October with a big snow storm, but nice weather in November allowed us to catch up a bit."
Jackson says the new $6 million lift will provide access to more than a dozen newly-named runs, totaling 635-acres of new skiable terrain. "Some of the names include 'Jet Stream,' 'Sun Dog,' 'High Pressure,' 'Low Pressure,' 'Bluebird,' 'Convergence Zone;' we’ve also sprinkled in a couple names that describe the character of the trees in that area, as well.
Resort officials had hoped to open for the season next Friday, November 25, but Jackson admits the weather isn’t cooperating. "We received 3-4” of new snow a couple nights ago; it’s gotten colder, which is nice, so we’re making some snow. But, we need another set of storms to come in to really get us where we need to be in terms of opening." They need another 18-to-24" before the ski hill can open.
Jackson expects Cloudchaser to open in mid to late December.