Mt . Bachelor will be a three-ring circus of gate racing and other alpine ski competition, for a 14-day period between Feb. 21 and March 6.

Under the aegis of the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF), a local non-profit whose guiding philosophy is to encourage academic achievement and promote positive values of competition, the Northwest Championships will take place Feb. 21-22. This all-inclusive event features competition for high school racers and teams, athletes seeking Junior Olympics berths and local youth, senior, and masters racers.

That same weekend also will see the unfolding of the MBSEF Joe's Mini World Cup for young racers between the ages of 7 and 14.

The MBSEF Sun Cup is up next, with a downhill and super-G races for licensed J3-A competitors that will take place between Feb. 24 and March 2.

More than 1,200 mentally challenged athletes are expected to participate in the Special Olympics Snow Games Feb. 27-28.

Finally, the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (OISRA), the governing body for high school Alpine and Nordic competition in the state, joins forces with MBSEF to conduct the annual Oregon prep championships at Bachelor March 4-6.

Mt. Bachelor, located near Bend, Ore., has 7 express quads, 3 triples, 1 Wonder Carpet, and 2 tubing lifts.