Mt. Bachelor announces new chairlift name; changes to some classic lifts

Mt. Bachelor on Tuesday announced the name of its newest chairlift and magic carpets while changing the names of some of the mountain’s popular beginner lifts.

The new Early Riser quad chairlift travels 629 ft. to an unloading area next to Sunrise Lodge and will serve four groomed routes suited for beginner skiers and snowboarders, according to a release from Mt. Bachelor. 

The bottom terminal of Early Riser is located a short distance from the new lower Sunrise parking lot, on pace for a December opening, offering a new way to access the mountain for guests who have a season pass or lift ticket already in-hand.

The First Rays and Lava Tube carpets are also being added as part of the resort’s Woodward Mountain Park and Sunrise base area projects.

“These additions, plus a remodel of the Sunrise Lodge and rental facilities at Sunrise Lodge, are designed to create a transformative, entry-level guest experience. To illustrate all of the improvements and to help guests navigate around the sixth-largest ski area in the United States, Mt. Bachelor has commissioned a custom painting of the mountain from renowned artist James Niehues,” according to Mt. Bachelor.

Additionally, the Carrousel Chair will become the Alpenglow Chair, the Sunshine Accelerator chair is now the Little Pine Lift and the West Village Carpet becomes the Chipmunk Carpet.

“In naming the lifts within our new Woodward Mountain Park we wanted to keep with the themes of sun, sky, and Northwest nature, while also hinting at the progressive sequence new skiers and snowboarders should ride our lifts,” said John McLeod, Mt. Bachelor’s president and general manager. “This transformation of the Sunrise beginner area will make Mt. Bachelor one of the Northwest’s best destinations for families to learn and progress their skiing and riding abilities.”

First-time skiers and snowboarders to Mt. Bachelor should begin at the new Woodward Start Park and the First Rays carpet, both of which are located next to Sunrise Lodge and are free for all guests to access.

When ready to advance, customers can purchase a $39 Learning Progression lift ticket, which allows for graduation to the Lava Tube carpet, the Early Riser chairlift, and eventually to the Alpenglow chairlift and its Volcano Adventure Park, a family-friendly Woodward Mountain Park zone themed around Cascade volcanoes, according to Mt. Bachelor.

The new single-view trail map of Mt. Bachelor is now available to view and download on the trail map page of the resort’s website. Large on-mountain signs showing the new map will be installed and environmentally friendly pocket trail maps will be available in November for guests to collect.

Resort crews are busy preparing for the upcoming winter season at Mt. Bachelor, tentatively scheduled to begin the weekend before Thanksgiving. Season Passes, including the Full Season Pass, Midweek Pass, 12 Day Pass, 4 Day Pass, Pure 30 Pass, and the Nordic Pass, are on sale now, with the lowest prices available through September 30. 

Visit to view all pass options and to buy a pass.


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