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.
Current Uphill Travel Policy
Mt. Bachelor's Winter Uphill Travel Policy is in effect as per the information below, except that the Uphill Route will remain closed above the Cinder Cone until the Pine Marten lift opens for the season.
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