Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders headed to Mt. Bachelor this past weekend to get a few more turns in before the mountain’s ski season ended Sunday afternoon.
Many people donned costumes to celebrate the last day on the slopes, but one costume seemed to get more selfie requests than others.
“It’s a 3D-printed, 30% infill, Thor’s hammer,” Bruce, a skier in costume, said.
Bruce said his costume, which included foot-long horns and a hammer, was made by hand.
“Everybody’s dressed in costume,” one man dressed in a cow costume said. “There’s smiles for miles. Everyone’s having a great time.”
Some would say it’s necessary to wear a special outfit for the last day on the slopes.
“Two years ago I was at Whistler’s closing weekend and I was the only one without a costume,” Alex Webber, a Coos Bay resident wearing a bear costume, said. “I realized I was never going to make that mistake again.”
But some skiers aren’t here to dress up — they’re just trying to get a few more turns in.
“When our mountain closes down, I buy a spring pass out here,” Brett Seidenschwarz, a Boise resident, said. “You can’t beat a spring pass.”
Seidenschwarz said he’s made it to Mt. Bachelor’s closing day each year for the past eight years.
“It’s sad we’re wrapping it up, but all good things must come to an end,” Seidenschwarz said.
It’s the end of an unusual and memorable season up on the mountain.
“This winter season, winter 2021, was definitely one for the books,” Leigh Capozzi, brand and marketing director for Mt. Bachelor, said. “It was the most unique here on the mountain, and it’s been such an honor to bring recreation during such a wild time.”
Bruce snagged the final chair of the season before the chairlift closed to skiers and snowboarders at 1:30 p.m.
And with the winter season over, summer sports on the mountain are set to begin. Ziplining and downhill mountain biking will be open to the public June 12.