Acres: 4,318 | Vertical: 3,365’ | Snowfall: 462” | mtbachelor.com
Central Oregon’s most fun volcano has offered 360-degrees of skiing off its 9,000-foot summit since the 1980s, but some aspects had shortened runs and longer traverses to get back to a lift. That changes this season with the new $6 million Cloudchaser quad on the mountain’s leeward eastern side. The new chair opens up 635 additional acres and offers more options for summit-to-base runs along consistent fall lines.
Can’t-Miss Run: The Upper Plains and Land of Plenty are wide-open runs off the peak’s southwest face. Drop into the double black terrain for a choose-your-own adventure that includes lava gullies where windblown powder collects in piles.
Resort Bite: Grab a seat on the newly expanded deck at the Clearing Rock Bar for an order of Cadillac Nachos with pulled pork washed down with an off-menu “wasabi-zama,” a spicy Bloody Mary with wasabi and Mazama pepper-infused vodka.
Local Advice: Storms can lash Bachelor with a ferocity that beats some folks back to the lodge, but Terry Foley isn’t one of them. “The farther around to the east you go, the better it is on those days,” says Foley, who’s been skiing Bachelor since opening day in October 1958. —Tim Neville
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.