Mt. Bachelor first started December 19, 1958 and celebrates its 60th anniversary, this winter. Founder, Bill Healy, had a vision for a new ski area on what has now become the sixth largest ski mountain in the United States.
It originally opened as the Bachelor Butte Ski Area on December 19, 1958 and was later renamed to Mt. Bachelor in 1983. There was a 1,500-square-foot day lodge and just one lift back then – and it didn’t have any chairs. There was a Poma Lift, which was a surface lift that drags you and your skis along the snow, and two rope tows; and that’s it.
A lot has changed in 60 years, There is now 11 chairlifts scattered across the mountain and over 4,300 acres of ski-able terrain.
Fun Fact: Lift tickets were only $3 in 1958
At this time last year, Sunriver was covered in knee-deep snow. The region was in the midst of a historic winter in which heavy snowfall caused roofs to collapse, made travel treacherous and left stores out of shovels and ice melt.
It was also Mt. Bachelor’s third-snowiest winter on record, a dream for skiers and snowboarders. This winter has been the complete opposite. The ski area averages 457 inches of snowfall in a season, from October to April. So far this year, Mt. Bachelor has only received a total of 221 inches and is currently reporting a depth of 55 inches. For more details read sport blog.
While snow has been scarce this year, there is still plenty to do with the Spring like weather conditions we are experiencing this winter in Sunriver (Central Oregon). Activities range from skiing in the morning to golfing in the afternoon and everything in between. So, take advantage of one of our many Sunriver lodging specials and bring your family, bring your bikes, bring your clubs and we will see you in Sunriver!