More Than Five Feet of Snow Hits Mt. Bachelor

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Bend, Ore. Dec. 12, 2004 - What began with light snowfall last Sunday night culminated in more than five feet of snow being deposited on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor by Thursday morning resulting in great conditions and more open chairlifts.

With the Christmas Holidays approaching Mt. Bachelor welcomed the new snow by opening the Outback Express and Rainbow chairlifts.

Resort guests found a foot of fresh powder Tuesday morning and another 10 inches on Wednesday. During the day Wednesday 13 inches of snow fell, at times coming at more than an inch each hour. Thursday morning skiers and snowboarders were greeted with an additional 15 inches of new snow.

"That's an awesome amount of snow over a short period of time," said mountain spokesman Chris Johnston. "Five and a half feet of new snow took us from early-season conditions to mid-season conditions in three days."

Rain fell on Friday and Saturday solidifying the snow base at four feet from the West Village up to mid-mountain. "We have more snow higher up the mountain which will allow us to open the Summit Express chairlift by Wednesday and Northwest Express by Saturday," Johnston said. "When the Pine Marten Lodge opens on Saturday, December 18 the mountain will be in full operation."

The weather forecast calls for snow on Monday and Tuesday followed by a high-pressure system. For Christmas Week the forecast calls for a series of small storms to bring one to three inches of snow to Mt. Bachelor every other day starting Monday, December 20.

"During the school holidays our guests will have a combination of sunny days and fresh powder snow," said Johnston.

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