Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort spent over $2.2 million on resort improvements this summer. Slope upgrades and lodge makeovers garnered the bulk of the improvements.

The resort added two new grooming machines to its fleet. A Prinoth 350 replaced an older grooming machine, and a second Pisten Bully winch-cat was acquired as a legacy of the 2010 Olympics.

"We cycle our older machines out which keeps reliability up and means consistent grooming for guests," Tom Lomax, director of mountain operations, told OnTheSnow. "The new Prinoth 350 can do more work in a given amount of time that older cats, and two winch cats add efficiency with doing passes up and down. That's a difference people should see-especially going into a La Niña with predicted heavy snow."

Lomax expects regrading on the slopes this summer to improve grooming, too. "We've been able to change breakovers or rocky areas, so they'll retain snow better," he said.

Graders also widened the in-the-ground half pipe by 10 feet. "That will change the shape to make a longer transition and will let us have thicker walls so the half pipe will last longer in spring," explained Lomax. The resort aims to open the halfpipe by January of each season.

Mt. Bachelor also addressed the needs of beginner skiers and snowboarders. It added a new 200-foot-long covered conveyor lift for beginners in the in learning center at the West Village base area. The 70-foot-long conveyor from the West Village is being relocated to the Sunrise learning area.

Lodges also received makeovers. New paint will make Sunrise Lodge and Junior Race Center match West Village. The Sunrise Lodge heating system also was converted from oil to propane, and the Ski and Sports retail building got a new airlock.

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