Ok, perhaps a little heads up is in order here. I am a resident of
Bend, OR and Mt. Bachelor is 30 min away on a bad day. So there is
probably going to be a few posts on here with Bachelor as the backdrop.
But I’ll do my best to spread the love.
With the Mountain reporting a fresh 13” (cold) overnight, I decided
today would be the first turns of the season. I mean when its dumping in
town that means its dumping at the hill right? Right! No no no. RIGHT!!
Without drawing it out too much I’ll just highlight some key points. It
must have throttled overnight because 13” felt more like 2 feet, plus
it was still storming pretty good when I got there. Cold temps, fresh
snow and wind, ahhh, Central Oregon winters. I was about the 5th car in
the parking lot at 6:50AM and definitely wasn’t the last. The Hike up
wasn’t bad at all, I followed a fresh skin trail, snapped a few shots
along the way and reached the top of The Cone in about 45min. There was
one other person dropping in and one other set of tracks. Unreal. First
turns were amazing; I don’t think I can remember a year where literally
my first turn was a face shot! It was over too fast that’s for sure; you
can’t really get the full enjoyment of The Cone if you plan on lapping
it. Well you can, but the hike back up just gets longer. On the second
go-round there were about 7 folks at the top getting ready to drop, and
maybe 5 more on their way up behind me. Since I was headed in after this
run (still gotta go make the donut$!) I ran the length of the face.
Seriously, snow everywhere. Just absolutely covered in the fluff. I’m
gonna stop here because it’s making me too anxious to get back out
there. GO HIKE! And that goes for everyone reading this where ever you
might be. But you might wanna do it before Thursday because it looks
like the temps might hop up a bit and things could get sloppy up and
down the West. Check the forecasts below.
Sorry no action shots, kind of hard to take em’ when you’re hiking all by your lonesome…
6:45am Pulling into the parking lot
Better than coffee.
Open the Mountain you say? Nah, too crowded already.
I push snow like weight.
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