By BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
New snow at Mt. Bachelor on Friday meant new lifts and new terrain opening for the season.
The Sunrise, Alpenglow, and Rainbow chairlifts, two new carpets and the Woodward Mountain terrain parks all opened on Mount Bachelor’s northeast slopes.
“It’s fantastic. We got 9 inches last night so there’s a fresh coat of powder on top. No more rocks to hit so get your skis and come on out,” said Elliott Drew of Bend.
And on Saturday the ski area plans to open the Pine Marten and Skyliner lifts.
Mt. Bachelor celebrated the opening of its newest chairlift – Early Riser – with a First Chair gathering and the ringing of the honorary bell.
Skiers and snowboarders also enjoyed a soft opening of the recently remodeled Sunrise Lodge
“We’ve remodeled this lodge down to the studs. There’s new carpet, new furniture, all new equipment in the kitchen, new dining offerings from a food and beverage standpoint,” said Leigh Capozzi, Mt. Bachelor’s director of brand and marketing. “We’ve also expanded our deck off the sun bar. New top on the sun bar. And we have a handful of new carpets and lifts as well.”
The new lifts that opened Friday provide access to three terrain parks where riders can challenge themselves on features sculpted from snow.
“It’s really about using snow and shaping that to create transition.” Capozzi said. “Then as you get into the progression parks 1, 2 3 and up, you’ll start to see small jumps, flat ground rails, and flat ground boxes that are in the snow. Then as you gradually go up there may be boxes and rails that you have to jump onto them. It’s really about having fun on the mountain
A formal opening of the Sunrise Lodge will be held December 20 with a ribbon cutting, live music, beer and a new mobile food cart.