Mt. Bachelor (Summer)

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Mt. Bachelor (Summer)

Submitted By: LSteele on October 03, 2011

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Mt. Edwards- Goatfinger Couloir

Goatfinger Couloir is fairly wide, has a bit of a double fall line, and can reach 50 degrees at the top (although when we skied it, it did not exceed 43 degrees).  Although not an extreme line, it is still a serious undertaking that requires expert ski abilities and advanced snow climbing/mountaineering skills.  It is rated D9-D10.

Goatfinger is a major avalanche path and requires very stable snow to be skied safely.

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Both times I skied here in the summer, I started from the Sunrise Lodge parking lot, which is on the Northeast part of the mountain. You can skin up just about any of the trails from here, but the skiing is better if you stick to the ridge line on looker's left. Continue along the ridge all the way to the Summit (9065'). From here the best lines in the summer are straight down the steeper, north face. As you reach the bottom of the main bowl start working your way back to skier's right so you don't miss the trail back to the Sunrise Lodge. There are numerous other routes and lines here, it all depends on preference, weather, snowpack, etc.

How to Get There

Mt. Bachelor sits just 25 minutes west of Bend, Oregon, on Co. Hwy. 48 (Cascade Lakes Hwy.). Make sure at the end of your day to head into Bend to get some killer beer at 10 Barrel, Silver Moon, or any of the other awesome breweries in town

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