BEND, Ore. – Mt. Bachelor
will open for the summer season on Friday, July 1, with scenic lift rides, lunch at Pine Marten Lodge, disc golf and downhill mountain biking off the Sunshine Accelerator Lift.
Sunset dinners and sled dog rides will be offered starting the following week on Friday, July 8, and mountain officials are optimistic to have biking from the top of Pine Marten on Friday, July 8 as well.
“The 2015-2016 was a big one with nearly 500” of snow,” said Stirling Cobb, the resort’s marketing and communications manager. “Tough problem for a ski resort to have, but with a more average snowfall, most of the bike trails on the upper mountain are still holding a substantial amount of snow. At the same time, with another winter of heavy snowpack, the trails will be that much better this summer.”
Trail crews began efforts to remove snow from bike trails on June 1 in an effort to get it to melt faster. If the weather cooperates, the mountain will open top to bottom access on Lava Flow and Cone Run with a true summer kickoff party featuring free bike demos from local shops alongside other local vendors on Friday, July 8. The remaining trails should quickly follow as the July sun heats up.
Chairlift operating hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday – Thursday with extended hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for Sunset Dinners at Pine Marten Lodge and twilight mountain biking.
New this year, Mt. Bachelor is offering daily Intro to Ride clinics starting Friday, July 8. For the same price as a Sunshine Accelerator bike ticket new riders of the park can receive the professional instruction they need to feel comfortable acclimating to conditions in the bike park. Cobb says, “The idea is to break down any feelings of intimidation and make this a fun experience for mountain biking enthusiasts of all levels.”
Mt. Bachelor will operate daily through Monday, September 5. Scenic chairlift rides and downhill mountain biking will be offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the rest of September and into October if conditions allow.
Visit www.mtbachelor.com or call 1-800-829-2442 for more information about Mt. Bachelor’s bike park, chairlift rides, Sunset Dinners and other summer activities.