Earliest Opening For Mt. Bachelor Terrain Park
Hittin' the early jibs at Mount Bachelor. (Mt. Bachelor)
First-to-be-open honors for the 2017-2018 season may have to go to Mt. Bachelor, as the Oregon mountain dropped the ropes on a terrain park after a foot of early snowfall.
Skiers and snowboarders have to walk in to get on the rails and tubes and boxes that have been set up near the base area. Access is free.
“The storm gave us an opportunity to try something new and unique,” said Bachelor’s Drew Jackson. “There was too much snow to open our bike trails this weekend, so we thought we’d put something together with what we had to work with – which was about a foot of snow.”
The Pine Marten chairlift will be open for sight-seers on foot who want to take a look at the first snowfall of the year at the top of the mountain. The chairlift also ferries mountain bikers to the web of trails on the mountain, and the Sunshine Lift also serves mountain bikers. Both chairs run Friday-Sunday into October.
This past week, dustings of snow fell throughout the Cascades, Sierra Nevada and the Rockies as winter began to show its face all over the mountains of the West. Arizona Snowbowl won the prize for first snowmaking when crews turned on the jets earlier this week.