Mt. Bachelor has been recognized on the national ski circuit once again, this time for its Fourth of July ski day.
The New York Times released the article "12 Months of Skiing, From Chile to China" last week, and smack-dab in the middle of the list, is our local mountain. Here's what travel writer Tim Neville had to say about Independence Day skiing:
"Rocky Mountain skiers often deride the heavy maritime snow of the Pacific Northwest as “Cascade cement,” but its dense consistency helps heaps of it stick around into summer. Toss in the hot days and chilly nights of warmer months, and the snowpack, often a 16-foot-thick slab of “cement,” transforms into the next best thing after powder — a soft, silky phenomenon called corn snow. For the past two summers on or around the Fourth of July, workers at the largest ski area in Oregon, Mount Bachelor, have fired up two of the mountain’s 10 lifts for a weekend to let skiers and snowboarders harvest that corn with fast, forgiving turns off the top of the 9,065-foot-high volcano. If there’s enough snow to warrant opening again this July, bring $30 for a ticket, put on a T-shirt and sunscreen and zoom more than 1,700-vertical feet down Beverly Hills, a blue intermediate run, for starters. More advanced skiers may want to go east from the top to explore Cows Face, a wide open slope with sweeping views over Oregon’s high desert. Sorry, no fireworks. Head into Bend for that, about 30 minutes east. (mtbachelor.com) TIM NEVILLE."