Mt. Bachelor Hit With Four Feet of Snow

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Bend, Ore., Jan. 30, 2004 — The cold, dry High Desert snow keeps coming down at Mt. Bachelor with 53 inches falling in the past seven days bringing the season total to 320 inches.

On Friday, January 30 guests at Mt. Bachelor's 14th annual COCAAN Free Ski Day Food Drive played in 13 inches of fresh snow while donating more than 20,000 pounds of food to the local food bank. By Bend WinterFest Weekend, February 6-8, another 17 inches should greet Bachelor guests.

Mt. Bachelor officials point out that this is some of the best snow in North America coming in at very cold temperatures. "The high today was only 19," said Mountain Spokesman Chris Johnston. "We're expecting the temps to stay cold through this next week."

Cold temperatures are good news for powder seekers, but Johnston is worried all of the new snow could affect scheduled competitions. "We have Slopestyle comps all next weekend," he said. "I wouldn't want to enter when I could be getting face shots in the bowls off the Northwest chair."

Still, the highlight of WinterFest Weekend should be well attended he added. "By the time the Deschutes Brewery Cardboard Sled race starts next Saturday afternoon most everyone will be off the slopes and having a beer on the Castle Keep deck."