Instead of kicking off its summer season with mountain biking or a golf course opening like most ski resorts, Mt. Bachelor suggests waxing your boards.
From June 29 through July 1, the resort is firing up the Summit Express Chair for intermediate to advance skiing. For only $30 you can play in the snow from 7:30 am to 1 pm before kicking back at the Pine Marten lodge for an on-mountain BBQ and live music. If you do the math, that’s 16.5 hours of skiing over three days for $90. That’s about what a one-day pass costs at most western resorts. Still need more reasons to go?
Season pass, midweek, and 12-day pass holders can purchase tickets for $20. The first 250 people to buy their lift tickets will score a free Mt. Bachelor t-shirt.
After all the diehards wear away the summer corn, Mt. Bachelor switches to full-on summer mode on July 6. On-mountain activities run Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm until September 2.
Throw on your nicest knickers and argyle sweater vest because Mt. Bachelor’s pristine 18-hole Frisbee golf course is open for business. May we suggest filling your disc bag or fanny pack with a 12 pack? It’s only proper for a classy game of Frolf.
If tossing a plastic disk around for several hours doesn’t float your boat, hike to the mountain’s 9,065-foot summit. Start at Sunrise Lodge base and head up. Once your calves feel like they’re about to explode you’ll be halfway to the top. Hiking above the Pine Marten Lodge is unpatrolled so if you pass out from altitude sickness you better have a buddy willing to piggyback you down. Taking the Pine Marten Lift to mid-mountain and hiking down is always an option – for the elderly.
The next time your girlfriend complains that you never take her out, halt the pouting with a sunset dinner at Pine Marten Lodge. Every Friday through Sunday from 5 pm to 8 pm, chefs serve gourmet cuisine while a setting sun paints the central Oregon sky. Reservations are highly recommended and lift tickets are required to reach the lodge.