Mt. Bachelor (Summer)

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Mt. Bachelor (Summer)

Submitted By: LSteele on October 03, 2011

Administrator: LSteele

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Once in the line, there is nothing to difficult about the route finding.  There is a spine out skiers right that you could go over into a different section if the line started to rip.  The main line descends straight down over a few cliffs, height and risk depending on snow.   After the mandatory air you have the skirt where I headed to the right side to descend under the east face of notch top.  Keep heading right towards lake Helene.  Be heads up of the slopes to skiers right that can slide.  You will need to skin up to the lake.  Once at the lake I recomend skinning up Flat top where you can get a high perch and ski down and around back to Bear Lake.  Be carefull of getting caught in the thick trees and route finding in the drainage below Lake Helene.

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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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