By MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Central Oregonians wasted no time getting up to Mt. Bachelor Wednesday, taking advantage of some fresh snow.
The ski area’s “Hopening Day” has turned into an official opening day.
Mt. Bachelor will kick off their season this Friday.
“Today knowing that we are going to get kinda the official word that we’re opening, there’s been tons of excitement, people are thrilled with the news,” said Leigh Capozzi, director of brand communication for Mt. Bachelor. “Just to be able to show up on Friday and have West Village happening, and have the Little Pine chairlift running starting at 9 o’clock.”
The sudden snow didn’t come as a surprise for the Mt. Bachelor team.
In fact, they’ve been prepared for awhile.
“Our team has been gearing up for this for the last couple weeks,” Capozzi said. “Even really the last couple months, really getting ready for when operations gives the green light and we can officially start spinning lifts.”
Some snowboarders couldn’t wait for opening day and hit the cone the first chance they got.
“Feels good to actually get out there and take some turns,” said Janessa Bork of Bend. “Hopefully Mother Nature brings us a little bit more over the next few days over the holiday.”
Twenty inches of snow has built up on Bachelor since Tuesday morning.
It’s the winter wonderland many have been waiting for since the end of last season.
“I mean didn’t go all the way up to the top of the cone, we went about 85% up,” said Sam Farland of Bend. ” It’s pretty windblown at the top, but it was really good turns.”
Farland says, Mt. Bachelor is one of the best places to bring people together.
And Friday’s opening day will be no different.
“Just getting everybody together really it’s just like a big family up here, you know. Creating memories and living it up,” Farland said.
Outside of those who showed up early Wednesday, Bachelor will be ready for more than a flurry of guests come Friday.
“Our grooming machines are working, are snow blowing machines are working, and we are moving snow around the mountain to make sure that the runs that we have open will be the best product we can offer to our locals and guests,” Capozzi said.
This snow came just in time, and from the looks of it, it’s not going anywhere soon. By Friday these empty slopes behind me will be filled with plenty of happy skiers and snowboarders ready to take on that fresh powder.
The Nordic Center will also open with 10K of groomed trails. Walkup tubing will also be available at the Snowblast Tubing Park.
Several other family-focused activities are scheduled at West Village Lodge for Friday’s opening day.