Mt. Bachelor Policies

Safety of our guests and staff is Mt. Bachelor's top priority. Please abide by the policies below that will allow all guests and staff to enjoy a safe and comfortable experience on the mountain.


Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort Closure Policy & Kwohl Backcountry Gates

Closed Areas Within Ski Area Boundary

Closed areas within the Mt. Bachelor permit area are defined by, but not limited to OPEN/CLOSED signs at the top of lifts and runs, rope lines, active grooming and avalanche control work. Skiing/snowboarding in a closed area or on a closed run will result in the loss of skiing/snowboarding privileges.

The catchline boundaries are permanently closed with the exception of the Kwohl Butte backcountry access gates located at Tott Butte on the West Catchline (GPS coordinates 43.96866, -121.68783) when Summit is open and at Sign 10 on the East Catchline (GPS coordinates 43.96552, -121.67662) accessible via Cloudchaser chair. Access to these gates is only allowed via downhill skiing and riding from the Summit or Cloudchaser chairs, which require a valid lift ticket or season pass. Uphill hiking is not permitted in order to exit to the backcountry via these gates. Guests using these gates must enter and exit at these points only.

Any rescue operations that are initiated on your behalf can result in the loss of skiing/snowboarding privileges and you will be subject to being billed for the total amount of the costs incurred by Mt. Bachelor during rescue operations. The length of time that your skiing/snowboarding privileges will be revoked will be determined by ski patrol and area management.


SMOKING POLICY

Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy:
Mt. Bachelor is committed to making our resort a healthier place to play, work and enjoy the natural environment. Effective November 15, 2015, Mt. Bachelor permits smoking and tobacco use only in designated smoking areas (DSAs) located across the resort. 

For the purposes of this policy, "smoking" and "tobacco use" are defined to include: cigarettes, cigars, pipes and any other smoking product or device; dip, chew, snuff, snus and any other smokeless tobacco product; and nicotine or vapor delivery devices, such as e-cigarettes.

Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs):

  • Mountain Gateway: The parking lot at least 50 feet west from the building.
  • Pine Marten Lodge: On the deck at least 50 feet away from a lodge entrance door.
  • Sunrise Lodge: The lower parking lot, at least 50 feet away from the building.

Recreational Marijuana:
Please be aware that your right to possess and use marijuana, in any form, in Oregon does not apply when you are on federal land. All facilities at Mt. Bachelor, including the parking lots, are 100% located on the Deschutes National Forest. The use, transport and possession of marijuana is illegal on national forests and other federal lands.

The U.S. Forest Service will continue to investigate and enforce federal law regarding the use, transport and possession of marijuana at Mt. Bachelor and within the Deschutes National Forest. As a result, please use common sense when you visit. A federal citation for possession, transport or use of marijuana is very expensive and requires an appearance in U.S. District Court in Eugene.


PETS ON THE MOUNTAIN

During Winter Season:

Mt. Bachelor has an off-leash dog area adjacent to the resort's West Village parking area. The Dog Park at Mt. Bachelor is a safe, maintained and specific area where dog owners can take their pets while visiting Mt. Bachelor, as opposed to running free in the lots creating a safety and sanitary issue from dog owners not cleaning up after their pets. The Dog Park has a groomed "snow-play" area, dog waste bags and garbage cans to better manage and confine dogs visiting Mt. Bachelor.

The Dog Park is located at the far west end of the West Village parking area. It is the ONLY OFF-LEASH AREA of the resort.

Rules and Policies for Dogs at Mt. Bachelor During Winter Season:

  • Please use and respect our Ruffwear Dog Park area adjacent to the West Village parking lot. It is the only authorized off-leash area at Mt. Bachelor.
  • Please leave aggressive dogs at home.
  • Please keep your puppies and dogs in the Ruffwear Dog Park area. No peeing or pooping in any area outside of this specially designated space.
  • Please use the bio-degradable poop bags provided as a service to you and your pets by Mt. Bachelor. Garbage cans for disposal are conveniently located in the Ruffwear Dog Park.
  • Please do not leave your pets tied to your vehicle while you ski or snowboard They should be locked in your vehicle with ample fresh air (cracked windows), fresh water, and regular potty breaks throughout the day.
  • The Mt. Bachelor Base Area is a "Doggie Free Zone." Dogs must remain in the parking lot (on a leash) or supervised in the Ruffwear Dog Park.

During Summer Season:

Dogs are allowed on the Pine Marten chair lift during the summer months, as long as they are fitted with an owner-provided full body harness capable of safely supporting the animal’s weight in the event a lift evacuation is required. Dogs shall be allowed on approved hiking trails only and must remain under restricted length (8 feet or less) leash control. Mt. Bachelor does not offer an off-leash area in the summer due to protected wildlife and vegetation.


DRONE POLICY

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Mt. Bachelor prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public — including recreational users and hobbyists. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Mt. Bachelor boundaries. Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement and/or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by Mt. Bachelor, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements and waivers or releases of liability. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.


ACCESSIBILITY

General Use of Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices in pedestrian areas of the resort:
Mt. Bachelor staff may ask a person using an Other Power-Driven Mobility Device to provide a credible assurance that the mobility device is required because of the person’s disability. Mt. Bachelor accepts the presentation of a valid, state-issued disability parking placard or card, or other state-issued proof of disability, as credible assurance that the use of the Other Power-Driven Mobility Device is for the individual’s mobility disability. In the absence of such documents, Mt. Bachelor shall allow the use of an Other Power-Driven Mobility Device if the individual states that the device is being used for a mobility disability. Any evidence to the contrary may be evaluated and acted upon by Mt. Bachelor staff.

Use of Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices for Use On-Mountain During Winter Season:
Consistent with Mt. Bachelor’s policy of “no motorized vehicles,” which restricts the use of any motorized vehicles by members of the public within its US Forest Service Special Use Permit area, the use of any power-driven devices or vehicles (including Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities), would conflict with Mt. Bachelor’s safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities. These safety concerns include the use of devices on the slopes that expose the user and skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard and/or access into closed areas that pose avalanche and other hazards. These safety concerns are compounded by our facility’s large volume of trail use. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

Use of Other Power-driven Mobility Devices for Use On-Mountain During Summer Season:
Consistent with Mt. Bachelor’s policy of “no motorized vehicles,” which restricts the use of any motorized vehicles by members of the public within its US Forest Service Special Use Permit area, the use of any power driven devices or vehicles by the public (including Other Power-driven Mobility Devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities), creates a substantial risk of serious harm to the user and others, as well as the immediate environment and natural resources, and therefore are not permitted. This policy is in place to address the safety of the public and our employees and addresses the need to maintain soil integrity, erosion and vegetative concerns. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

Use of Mobility Devices in Pedestrian Areas:
Mt. Bachelor allows individuals with mobility disabilities to use wheelchairs and manually-powered mobility aids such as walkers, crutches, canes, braces, or other similar devices designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities, in areas open to pedestrian use.

Use of Adaptive Devices:
Mt. Bachelor allows the use of adaptive devices or other manually-powered mobility aids designed and manufactured primarily for use by individuals who have disabilities, including, without limitation, mono skis, bi skis, outriggers and sit-skis. Oregon Adaptive Sports can assist guests wishing to enjoy winter sports on Mt. Bachelor through the use of adaptive equipment. Oregon Adaptive Sports can be reached at 541-306-4774.

On-Mountain use of Service Animals During Winter Season:
Mt. Bachelor’s policy states that no animals shall be allowed on ski terrain or ski lifts during the winter season, unless specifically trained, or is in the process of being trained, for avalanche search and rescue work and is under the direct control of Professional Ski Patrol staff. The use of service animals on ski lifts and ski terrain conflicts with Mt. Bachelor’s safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities. These safety concerns include the use of service animals on the slopes that expose the user and other skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard. These safety concerns are compounded by our facility’s high volume of trail use.  These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

On-Mountain use of Service Animals During Summer Season:
Mt. Bachelor supports the use of trained service dogs during the summer operating season. All service dogs must meet current ADA guidelines to include, but not be limited to: remaining under the direct control of the user at all times; be house broken; and be trained and utilized for a specific disability approved by ADA regulations. The use of service dogs on mountain biking trails conflict with Mt. Bachelor’s safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities. These safety concerns include the use of service dogs that expose the user, mountain bikers and other rolling vehicles, to a safety hazard. These safety concerns are compounded by our facility’s large volume of trail use. Service dogs are approved for use on trails associated with approved hiking designation. Persons using service dogs shall obey all other permanent or temporary closures of terrain, trails, roads, or other areas within Mt. Bachelor’s Special Use Permit Area. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

Pedestrian Area use of Service Animals During Summer and Winter Seasons:
Mt. Bachelor supports the use of trained service dogs during the summer and winter operating seasons. All service dogs must meet current ADA guidelines to include, but not be limited to: remaining under the direct control of the user at all times; be house broken; and be trained and utilized for a specific disability approved by ADA regulations.

Use of Miniature Horses as Service Animals:
Mt. Bachelor has determined that due to the nature of the pedestrian areas, the buildings, the lifts, the terrain and the safety of other users, it cannot accommodate the use of miniature horses anywhere within the Special Use Permit area. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

Key Contacts:

Specific questions or concerns regarding Mt. Bachelor’s policies on the use of Service Animals and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices should be directed to:

Gay Fletcher, Executive Assistant
Email Gay Fletcher