SAFETY AND UPHILL TRAVEL
Mt. Bachelor's Uphill Travel Policy, which has been approved by the US Forest Service, reflects our commitment to strike a balance between mitigating safety concerns of uphill travel within the downhill ski special use permit area and the reasonable requirements of operating an alpine ski area.
Fall Uphill Travel Policy
Mt. Bachelor is excited to announce a new hiking trail addition at Mt. Bachelor. A new trail that begins at West Village (near the bottom of the Sunshine lift) meanders through the hemlock forest as it heads south, eventually intersecting the existing Sunrise-to-Summit hiking trail near the Marshmallow ski run. This will be the new base-to-summit hiking route at Mt. Bachelor going forward.
As part of this trail addition, hiking from the Sunrise base area has been permanently decommissioned and the parking area near the Sunrise base along Century Drive is permanently closed. Please keep this in mind when the first snow of the season arrives. Hikers should plan to begin their mountain ascent from West Village and use the new trail. The West Village Getback road also remains a hiking option, allowing for a "loop" hiking experience on the lower mountain with the new trail.
Please read our Summer Hiking page for more information and to view a map.Patrol services will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but only in the vicinity of the Pine Marten and Sunshine lift areas where mountain biking and sightseeing are occurring. For assistance outside of these areas, including the summit, you must call 9-1-1. Expect unmarked, natural and man-made obstacles.
Winter/Spring Designated Routes
Please check the Current Conditions page (look for the Hike Zone in the Lift Status section) for a daily update of allowable uphill travel.
During the winter ski and snowboard season uphill travel is restricted to the following routes:
Uphill Travel Protocol & Etiquette
1) Check uphill travel information and status online on the snow conditions page, before leaving for the mountain. Double check uphill travel status by reviewing base area informational kiosk and on-mountain signage before and during ascent.
2) Conduct yourself as though traveling in the backcountry. Avalanche and Snow Immersion Suffocation potential exists. Carry rescue equipment, practice safe travel and deep snow safety techniques and always travel with a partner. More information can be found online at: NSAA Safety Programs & Backcountry Access: Learn Snow Safety
4) Yield and steer clear of downhill users and ski area machinery, i.e. grooming machines and snowmobiles, until moving entities are clear of your position.
5) Adhere to trail and boundary closures on the descent as well as Your Responsibility Code to avoid conflict with downhill users and ski area personnel.
6) Dogs on leash are permitted only in parking areas at Mt. Bachelor. Practice canine courtesy by cleaning up and removing dog waste. Dogs are not permitted within the ski area boundary, i.e. on ski runs or slopeside in base areas.
7) If you pack it in, please pack it out. Help keep Mt. Bachelor and Deschutes National Forest stay clean.
UPHILL TRAVEL POLICY BACKGROUND INFORMATION
With the addition of the Cloudchaser lift, the former east side uphill route is no longer a safe or feasible route for uphill travel given the large increase in the number of downhill skiers in this area. Consequently, the east side Summit route is permanently closed for the duration of Mt. Bachelor’s winter operating season
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.
Mt. Bachelor ski patrol: professional and national
Mt. Bachelor employs a team of 28 professional patrollers. Most Pro Patrollers are EMT’s trained in avalanche safety, use of explosives, rope rescue, toboggan handling wilderness response and more. On weekends, in partnership with approximately 60 National Ski Patrollers, the teams work together to open and close the mountain, determine trail safety and assist anyone who becomes injured. After storms, our Pro Patrol unit conducts avalanche control and are the communication liaisons in the event of an operational irregularity.
Visit the Mt. Bachelor National Ski Patrol at www.mtbachelornsp.org
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.
Know The Code!
Mountain Biker's Responsibility Code
Mountain biking involves the risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others.
- STAY IN CONTROL You are responsible for avoiding objects and people.
- KNOW YOUR LIMITS Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
- PROTECT YOURSELF Use an appropriate bike, helmet and protective equipment.
- INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
- BE LIFT SMART Know how to load, ride and unload safely. Ask if you need help.
- INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly.
- OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features, Ride in the direction indicated.
- BE VISIBLE Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing or are not visible.
- LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead.
- COOPERATE If involved in or witness to an incident, identify yourself to staff.
Skier's Responsibility Code
Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
This is a partial list. Be safety conscious. Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.
AVALANCHE SAFETY AND DOG PROGRAM
Please Respect Avalanche Closure Areas.
Mt. Bachelor maintains a Snow Safety Program throughout the operating season in the interest of the overall public and employee safety. This program consists of avalanche forecasting, monitoring known avalanche hazard areas, avalanche control, and protection methods. Mt. Bachelor follows a rescue plan, offers training and continual education of patrol personnel and other employees, special interest groups, and the general public in avalanche safety and awareness.
How to avoid getting caught in an avalanche:
- Pick the right day. Recent wind, snow, rain and rapid or prolonged thaw are signs of danger.
- Be alert for recent natural avalanches,” whoomping” sounds and shooting cracks. These are signs of an unstable snowpack.
- When you are in terrain steeper than 30 degrees, always travel one at a time while others watch from a safe location.
- Travel on the windward side of ridges. Never stop on or below steep slopes and cornices.
- Avoid terrain traps such as gullies, where even small avalanches can pile up deeply.
Mt. Bachelor is equipped with the RECCO avalanche rescue system.
Mt. Bachelor Beacon Training Park (Now Open as of 2/18/19)
Mt. Bachelor is excited to host a FREE Beacon Training Park near the base of Red Chair adjacent to the West Village Parking lot. We welcome everyone to come practice beacon skills in a safe, educational and fun environment. Come test your skills and stay safe when exploring the back-country.
Mt. Bachelor Avalanche Dog Program
Mt. Bachelor’s Avalanche Dog Program is one we are proud to uphold. Our dogs join their handlers on the mountain every day for continued training and conditioning. These specially trained dogs are skilled in locating victims beneath the snow after a slide. They are also very skilled in locating snacks!
You can support the Avalanche Rescue Dogs by purchasing a T-Shirt at the top of the Pine Marten lift. All proceeds go directly towards the purchase of food, insurance and certification programs for the dogs. Receive three (3) Avalanche Dog trading cards with your purchase! These cards list the skier responsibility code or the avalanche safety code on the back and are terrific for kids, new skiers and veterans!