Central Oregon has one thing to extend a ski season — snow. More than 30 feet of snow has fallen so far this winter at Mt. Bachelor Resort. With a long spring ski season ahead, skiers and riders can get on the slopes with Bachelor’s spring pass.

For spring 2012, the resort plans to operate for skiing and snowboarding through May 27. Lifts are scheduled to run daily through April 29, with hours shortening to 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. starting April 16. In May, lifts will operate only Thursdays through Sundays. Starting April 23, only Pine Marten, Skyliner, and Summit are scheduled to run for the remainder of the season, weather permitting. 

Mt. Bachelor launched its spring 2012 pass sale March 14. The pass is valid for the duration of the spring season; however, the starting date for the pass depends on the date of purchase.

Spring passes for 2012 purchased by March 28 will activate for use starting April 1. Spring passes purchased after that date will be valid beginning April 9.

Spring passes cost $159 for adults, $129 for teens and seniors, and $99 for youth. The passes permit unlimited skiing and riding through the end of the 2012 spring season.

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Extended lift hours on Friday nights allow for partying on the Pine Lodge deck. Photo by Brian Becker. Courtesy of Mt. Bachelor Resort.

Events at Mt. Bachelor this spring also amp up the party atmosphere. The Deschutes Brewery sponsors two series of events: The Saturday concert series takes place in May in the West Village, and Friday evenings March 23 through April 13 bring on the Pine Parties with lifts running until 7 p.m.

Other spring events include the Cascade Brewing Company Sidecountry Fest 2012 on March 31, two Charity Ski Weeks in early April, and a variety of weekend races and park events.

For more information on the spring passes, look here. For the calendar of spring events, go here.