Bachelor Gets Bigger

The Cloudchaser lift accesses 635 acres of new terrain at the Oregon resort.

Mt. Bachelor's first new lift since 1996 opened last month with 635 acres of new terrain and 13 trails, bringing the resort’s skiable acres to 4,318—the fifth-largest in the United States. 

Cloudchaser Lift

The high-speed Cloudchaser quad access Bachelor's southeastern flank.

The $6 million high-speed Cloudchaser quad serves the southeast flank of the volcano, and now skiers can descend this intermediate pod without having to hike back up to a lift. And with a terminus at the tree line, the Cloudchaser is less likely to be subjected to the wind-holds seen on the Summit Express. Check out the trail map here


Morning Motivation

Whistler, B.C.

Travel: After a snow-starved season, the king of Canadian ski resorts comes back with new terrain, hotels, dining and deals. Let's get the ugly facts out of the way: It did rain in Whistler last January. For eight torrential, unheard-of days. "It was an anomaly, says mountain manager Doug MacFarlane, who's been here for 17 years. (Last year was the second-worst season on the books, with 33 fewer feet of snow than during the record-breaking '98—'99 season.) To Whistler's credit, the lifts kept running, but little could save the season—not even the sun that shone through clear skies for the next six weeks straight.