Linda's Lens: I Love Mt. Bachelor

I love Mt. Bachelor.  It’s my most favorite place to ski in Oregon.

My tank full, I hit the road for Bachelor.  From the town of Bend, it’s a short 20-mile trip to the ski area.  Compared to the usual 1 1/2 to 2 hour journey from my house to Hood, this drive is a breeze.  (I love Mt. Bachelor!)

I arrived at the parking lot to clear, bright skies.  Mt. Bachelor gleamed white in the sunlight.  Time to put on my skis and make some turns! 
A sunny Saturday at Mt. Bachelor brought out the fair weather skiers in droves.  The main lift was a swarm of bodies.  But I parked myself in the singles line and was on a chair in no time.  Fast-moving lifts – I love Mt. Bachelor!
Mt. Bachelor has seven lifts, and they were all in operation that day.  The in-bounds portion of the ski area takes up roughly 2/3 of the mountain, so there’s lots of room for people to spread out.  Even though the main lift might be busy, just ski over to another area and chances are you’ll avoid a lift line.  That’s exactly what I did.  I skied over to the Skyliner lift, and in less than five minutes I was back on the chair.  (I love Mt. Bachelor.)

One of the best things about skiing Bachelor on a sunny day is the views.  A parade of snow-capped volcanoes line the northern horizon.  To the Northwest, the Three Sisters vie for your attention, and Broken Top mountain anchors the Northeast.  To the east, a lovely panorama of the high desert plain spreads out before you.  And of course you can’t miss the in-your-face view of Mt. Bachelor’s summit crater.  What fantastic sights!  (I love Mt. Bachelor.)

I had the most wonderful day making laps on Mt. Bachelor’s trails.  Although it hadn’t snowed for several days, there were lots of impeccably groomed runs to choose from.  And even off the groom, the snow was soft enough to make some decent turns.  I traveled all over the mountain and managed to tire myself out quite nicely!  Lots of fun places to ski – I love Mt. Bachelor.

My brother Dale, who lives in Bend, was busy on Saturday, so I skied solo.  But Sunday he was able to join me.  Although the weather was quite windy, we still had nice blue skies.  (I love Mt. Bachelor!)

And the views were just as grand.  The high winds caused cool lenticular clouds to form over the Three Sisters.  It looked like the mountains were wearing white cloudy caps.

Dale is a lot of fun to ski with.  We’re pretty evenly matched in our abilities, and enjoy the same type of terrain.  I had a wonderful morning tearing up the slopes with Dale.  And – the high winds scared away all the fair weather skiers, so we practically had the place to ourselves.  On a Sunday!  (I love Mt. Bachelor.)

We got kind of a late start, so Dale and I talked about skiing through lunch.  But every time we came up the lift, we caught a whiff of burgers cooking from the mid-mountain lodge.  Each lift ride, the burgers began to smell better and better.  Around noon, it became too much, and I gave into temptation.  I suggested to Dale we stop for a bite.  Inside the lodge I saw something that sounded so good, I just had to have it, even though it was the most greasy, unhealthy thing I could eat.  Chili-fries!  And they were fantastic. (Even though I paid for it later, it was worth it!)  Ummmm……a mid-mountain lodge with great food.  (I love Mt. Bachelor!)

So I had a wonderful time enjoying the long runs, sunny skies, and magnificent views at Mt. Bachelor.  I head later from one of my friends that Hood had lousy weather all weekend.  It even rained on Sunday.  Did I pick the right time to ski Bachelor?  Yes, yes and YES!  I love Mt. Bachelor so much, I wish I could ski there every weekend.

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