▶️ Dreamin’ of ski season: September snow whets our winter whistle

BY BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

Mount Bachelor received 3 to 4 inches of snow over the weekend – and just the sight of the ski area covered in snow, ANY snow, gets people thinking about winter sports.

A few people on Monday did more than dream, they made the trek up the mountain for some early season turns.

“September snow is unusual but not unheard of around here. When it happens it’s so exciting. It gets the whole community energized for winter, even though it feels like we’ve gone from summer to winter at the snap of a finger,” said Mt. Bachelor Spokesman Drew Jackson. “It’d be nice to have a bit of a fall too but, yeah, it gets enthusiasm up for winter and the ski and snowboard season ahead.”

If the snowfall whet your whistle for winter sports – a deadline looms: The Mt. Bachelor early season pass sale ends at 11:59 p.m. tonight. Prices go up to their regular rates tomorrow.

The ski area isn’t scheduled to begin operating until Thanksgiving week, but that isn’t slowing down winter sports enthusiasts

Matt Barnes of Medford was at the ski area enjoying the scenery on Monday.

“Makes me think of skiing. Can’t wait to get our here, see a little more snow pack, start enjoying the outdoors and go skiing on this great mountain,” he said.

The early snow is good for business at ski shops.  Staff at the Powder House is busy tuning gear for winter-long leases and day-to-day rentals.

“It worked out good for sure this year. We’ve already sold a lot of boots, skis and clothing so it’s already starting to roll,” said Todd McGee, owner of PowderHouse in Bend. “Typically this is a little early. We don’t normally expect snow until mid-October but we’ll take it. So long as it continues and doesn’t dry up.”

Even if the early snow melts, it cools the ground, potentially helping set up the next big snowfall to serve as a good base for the winter sports season ahead.

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