One new chairlift, 13 new runs and 635 new acres of skiing.
That’s what greeted skiers and snowboarders December 16th as Mt. Bachelor opened its new Cloudchaser high-speed quad, the first new chairlift at the ski area since 1996.
The additional terrain pushes Mt. Bachelor’s skiable acres to more than 4,300, making it the 5th largest ski area in the United States.
“This is one of the largest improvement projects in Mt. Bachelor’s history,” said John McLeod, Mt. Bachelor’s president and general manager. “We’re about to be rewarded with an amazing new skiing and snowboarding experience.”
Mt. Bachelor now has eight high-speed detachable quad lifts.
According to Mt. Bachelor, the name Cloudchaser was conceived by Tom Lomax, Mt. Bachelor’s Director of Mountain Operations. The ski area can see some pretty unique weather patterns including the quick dissipation of clouds as they come from the west and pass to Bachelor’s east side. Officials say the weather is typically calmer on the east side and the lift will experience few, if any, weather delays.
Mt. Bachelor has been the perfect family ski destination since it opened in 1958. You won’t find lavish, on-mountain lodging or commercial build-up at the base. Instead, you get an authentic, no-frills Pacific Northwest ski area with some of the deepest powder (and longest season) anywhere. Just 18 miles down the road in Bend you’ll find dozens of lodging options from boutique downtown hotels to destination resorts and traditional hotels and motels.