This past weekend (Feb 27-Mar 1) Mt. Bachelor was crowded with numbered bibs as the mountain played host to the High Cascade Snowboard Camp Enter the Dragon series, the 46th annual MBSEF Sun Cup, the Phoenix Inn High School Reunion nordic race, and the SOS outreach, providing free gear and lessons to underprivileged kids in our area.
If that sounds like a mouthful it was nothing compared to the bedlam on the hill. The Pine Martin and Skyliner lifts, where the weekend events took place, were packed with skin tight racing suits and kids in comically oversized jackets and pants.
The Special Olympics and Dragon events took place on adjacent runs. A study in contrast, one group spinning through the slopestyle course, the other just making turns thought their slalom gates, the two on the surface couldn't be more different, that is until you see the smiles at the bottom. Whatever differences may exist are overshadowed by the realization that the joy, the stoke is the same.