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Old 01-19-2012, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mt. Bachelor got so much snow (5 feet of fresh in the last 72 hours) that they couldn't even open today. How many times in history has that happened?

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Due to some of the most severe weather conditions in years, MT. BACHELOR WILL BE CLOSED TODAY. We had 24" of wet, heavy snow overnight with very strong winds. Power is out and our parking area snow removal operations have been overwhelmed. The mountain is closed to hiking today due to extreme avalanche risk. We are making every effort to recover today in hopes of opening at 9:00am tomorrow. Thanks for you understanding!
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DUE TO ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE STORMS IN YEARS, MT. BACHELOR WILL BE CLOSED TODAY.


Please do not attempt to drive up to Mt. Bachelor today. In-bounds hiking is not allowed during these extreme circumstances.

The combination of 5 feet of new snow in 3 days, strong winds and power outages has resulted in extreme operational challenges. We lost power at approximately 9pm last night. We're optimistic that power will be restored by midday today. In the meantime, we are running on our backup generators. This enables us to "keep the lights on" and to operate some of our lifts slowly for maintenance and cleaning purposes.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It has happened more times than you would think. All of the coastal mountain resorts have had this sort of thing happen from time to time. Fortunately it's infrequent. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's like all-or-nothing this year.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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WHAT???

We haven't got 5 foot of snow since the beginning of the season....
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Im dying to go to bachelor near the end of march. They had 665 feet in mid feb last year when I went. Im hopping for about the same when I go in March.
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They had 665 feet in mid feb last year
That's an ass ton of snow.....
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I heard it comes down at Bachelor like 5 feet and hour.....on a down day. 665 feet is nothing, KB has ONE MILLION feeeet.
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I heard it comes down at Bachelor like 5 feet and hour.....on a down day. 665 feet is nothing, KB has ONE MILLION feeeet.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow, common. Resort must be retarded to close with those conditions. Here in Alberta if that happened a lot of people would be calling in sick for work and planning to make a bed and sleep overnight in the pow. Seriously, I don't know why any resort would close. You're going downhill for crying out loud... shut down the beginner green runs maybe...
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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there are inbounds slides that happen at 'Bach with this much new snow that go big enough to kill people.

there are also alot of flat areas that need to be groomed or people will be getting stuck to the point of needing help to get out of.

with 2" per hour 30-32 degree snow there is simply too much cleanup and control to do - with the power out they'd be reduced to running the lifts on diesel, which they do - but it costs more.

the meat of the moneymaking season for resorts is over for the year. from here on out its mostly season pass holders over there (except for spring break) and Mt. Bachelor like pretty much every other mountain is controlled by the almighty dollar.
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