New Chairlift Headlines Mt. Bachelor Improvements for 2016-2017

Each fall, skiers and snowboarders start dreaming of—and preparing for—another epic season on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor. Each coming ski season brings with it an excitement for the slopes and a curiosity for what changes are in store.

“With some resources projecting 120% of our average snowfall this season and with a new lift, it will be a great winter to visit Mt. Bachelor,” says Mount Bachelor Director of Marketing and Communications Sterling Cobb.

Safety First

An eye towards safety led Mt. Bachelor to install a state-of-the-art radio system providing effective communication across the mountain between the ski patrol and operations department, especially during strong storm cycles and emergencies. In addition, Mt. Bachelor improved the West Village Lodge accessibility by leveling and squaring off the main deck, thus providing a smoother pedestrian flow from the Clearing Rock patio to Cocoa’s Café. The Mayan Ruins stairwell has also been removed and replaced with opposing stairwells that will improve access from the heated sidewalk to the snow surface.

Enhanced Guest Services

Paralleling their commitment to safety, Mt. Bachelor will offer upgraded dining options and expand their digital capabilities, including a new ticketing and point-of-sale system that will be used throughout the entire resort. Other digital upgrades include a Wi-Fi lounge in the downstairs area of the West Village Lodge and a cell phone, laptop and tablet charging stations.

This year, Mt. Bachelor pledged to open availability for warm drinks, better food and a convenient meeting space for friends, families and business associates. With this in mind, Scapolo’s Italian Bistro will be open seven days a week, and Cocoa’s Café will open earlier for those who want to grab breakfast before heading to the slopes.

Chairlift Improvements

Easily the most exciting project of the 2016 season will be the installment of Cloudchaser, the new east side, high-speed lift that will give skiers access to previously untouched, intermediate terrain.

“Cloudchaser is huge for us,” says Cobb. “It adds 635 acres of lift-served terrain to the mountain and elevates us to the fifth largest ski resort in the country. The southeast aspect of the mountain is well protected from our common northwest storm cycles and will give us a significant amount of quality skiing on more challenging weather days.”

In addition to Cloudchaser, improvements to existing lifts will help alleviate the lines and wait time. The improvements—along with some additional surprises—should make for another exciting year on Bachelor Butte.