By Brooke Snavely
Central Oregon Daily
If you’ve driven past or been up to Mt. Bachelor later, you’ve probably noticed construction work taking place around the Sunrise Lodge.
The now four-season recreation area is in the midst of several major upgrades – one opened this summer, others are expected by winter and a zip line will be ready for visitors next summer.
‘As we go down the chairlift, this is the new Red Line Trail, the light-colored dirt and the smooth surface. That’s our really nice new advanced trail that we’ve spent two summers working on and now it’s finally open,” said Drew Jackson, Mt. Bachelor marketing director.
“Our bike park debuted six years ago and it’s been growing every summer. The Red Line Trail is the one signature trail our riders have been asking for. It’s a really ‘flowy’ trail that allows riders to seamlessly weave their way through the forest. It’s open now and our advanced and expert riders are really loving it,” he said.
Construction of the zip line support towers is visible near the Pine Marten Lodge. Unlike most zip line adventure that travel through treetops, this one will carry riders high over alpine terrain with wide-open views of the surrounding mountains.
“The new zip line experience is going to be pretty unlike anything else in the Pacific Northwest,” Jackson said. “Most zip line tours are canopy experiences through the trees. This is going to be way up the volcano. You’ll take a chairlift ride to get there and you’ll be out in the wide open space on a dual span, three-stage zip line 1,400 vertical feet down the mountain.”
A new parking lot is being added at Sunrise Lodge. The lodge itself is undergoing an extensive renovation that will include a new chairlift and two covered carpet conveyors that access new beginner slopes.
“This will be a whole new way for people from throughout the entire ability spectrum to progress their skills of skiing and snowboarding,” Jackson said. “We are introducing new, fun, creative ways for people to have fun through this Woodward Mountain Park.”
The upgrades are the single largest investment in the resort’s history.
The expert-only Red Line mountain bike trail opened two weeks ago. The remodeled Sunrise Lodge, new chairlift, moving carpets and terrain features open this winter. The as-yet unnamed zip line will open next summer.