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by: YaMarVa - Mar 20, 2010

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: Big mountain, big terrain.

    Cons: As usual, the price of everything

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2010


Full review

Bachelor is big, even on the off chance that there are crowds, the mountain is big enough to spread everyone out. You can ski 360 degrees from the summit thanks to a catch-line which opens up a lot of off-piste terrain. If the summit is open top to bottom it is quite the long run. The wind drifts created around the summit and above NWX lift are some the best inbounds features I have ever ridden. If you like lots of trees with plenty of drops, bachelor’s terrain is for you. Do not be scared by bachelor’s nickname, ‘Mt Flat-chelor‘, the only flats are at the runaways towards the lifts, there are plenty of steeps on this mountain, you just have to find them. On any given day a lift might be down, seems they always have a good reason to close a lift, usually wind. Bachelor's best feature is its lack of hotels and condos, none within 14 miles of the mountain. Because Bachelor is in a National Forest it offers stunning views with little development, although this makes getting to the mountain a trek. If you choose to stay in Bend be ready for LA lifestyle, egos, and prices all wrapped up in an awesome Patagonia jacket. I would recommend staying in Sunriver for a true Oregon wilderness experience. Beyond Mt. Hood, Bachelor is the only ski area in Oregon comparable to those of the Rockies, so that makes it a must ski in the North West.

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