With 55 percent of the resort’s 3,683 acres designed as advanced to expert, challenge-seekers will find that the Mt. Bachelor expert skiing is massive. The majority of Mt. Bachelor’s above treeline volcano terrain is reserved for experts. This high alpine playground features some of the most unique and playful skiing and snowboarding in the U.S.; lava flow created natural half pipes 360-degrees around Mt. Bachelor.
To get to the goods and the best view, make your way to the highest chairlift in the Pacific Northwest, the Summit Express, which whisks skiers and snowboarders to Mt. Bachelors 9,000-plus foot summit. Enjoy the full circle views and scope your line. For a warm up, advanced and expert skiers will want to head down the West side of the mountain. The Cirque is ideal for extreme- seekers and West Ridge will appease those looking for fast and steep terrain. Or you can head Northwest down the mountain and ski more than 3,300 vertical feet to the Outback or Northwest Express. Skier’s in search of backcountry-esque terrain will love exploring Mt. Bachelor’s double black diamond backside. This area is a powder heaven, and you’ll often find snow conditions that drastically differ from those on the frontside and vise-versa.
From the summit, you have your pick of runs from the wide-open Serengeti Plains or Upper Plains to Deadwood Canyon, which last for 3,000 feet. Once at the ski boundary you can take the East or West Catchline traverse back to the lifts. The West Catchline is probably the best option, since it’s namely downhill and provides quicker access back to the Summit Express.
If it’s windy or storming and a trek to the summit just isn’t in the cards, don’t worry. In fact rejoice because you have over 1,200 protected acres in the Westwide. This area is accessed by Outback and Northwest Express and is the go-to on a powder day.
Mt. Bachelor, in partnership with Backcountry Access (BCA), hosts a FREE Beacon Training Park near the base of the Red Chair adjacent to the West Village parking lot. Mt. Bachelor welcomes everyone to come practice beacon skills in a safe, educational and fun environment. If you dont have a Beacon, you can purchase or demo a beacon at Bachelor Ski & Sport... which is conveniently located next to the Beacon Park at West Village.
The Backcountry Access Beacon Park is a training system created to make it easier for recreationists and pros to practice with their transceivers. It features 4-10 permanently buried transmitters wired to a central control panel. To change the scenario, just flick the on/off switches on the control panel. Instead of digging holes and reburying beacons all day, you spend your valuable time actually practicing with your transceiver.
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