BEND, Ore. (Dec. 12, 2016) - Mt. Bachelor's $6.5 million Cloudchaser high-speed quad chairlift will open to skiers and snowboarders on Friday, Dec. 16, adding 635 acres of new terrain and 13 new runs, the resort announced on Thursday. Mt. Bachelor is planning several public events at the mountain and in Bend throughout Cloudchaser's opening weekend to celebrate the resort's most significant expansion since 1996.
• A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at Cloudchaser's bottom terminal. After brief remarks from Mt. Bachelor and POWDR officials, guests will be invited to load the lift and begin their discovery of new terrain on the mountain's east side.
• A contest is underway on Mt. Bachelor's Facebook page where a lucky fan can win a ride on the first chair up the lift. The first 200 guests to board Cloudchaser will receive a winning ticket valid for a prize from Under Armour® in the resort's Gravity Sports retail shop.
• Under Armour® is also partnering with Mt. Bachelor to offer a scavenger hunt in the Cloudchaser served terrain on Saturday, Dec.17. Skiers and snowboarders can search for eight "goodie bags" scattered throughout Cloudchaser's new runs. The hunt begins at 9 a.m.
• After dark, the action will shift away from the mountain and into Bend, where two events are planned during Cloudchaser's opening weekend. The Mt. Bachelor Après Ski Bash presented by Deschutes Brewery will take place Friday evening, Dec. 16, at Crow's Feet Commons. A Cloudchaser Celebration with 10 Barrel Brewing Company will follow on Saturday night, Dec. 17 at the Old Mill District.
Both events are free to attend and will feature giveaways, live music and beverages available for purchase. "This is one of the largest improvement projects in Mt. Bachelor's history," said John McLeod, Mt. Bachelor's president and general manager. "I am incredibly grateful to our employees and contractors, our customers, the Forest Service and POWDR for making the Cloudchaser project possible. We're about to be rewarded with an amazing new skiing and snowboarding experience."
Cloudchaser is Mt. Bachelor's eighth high-speed detachable quad chairlift, rising 1,448 vertical feet along a slope length of 6,800 feet. Although Mt. Bachelor has scheduled Cloudchaser for a Dec. 16 debut, resort officials noted that the lift's opening is contingent upon final component assembly and testing, planned for this week.
About Mt. Bachelor:
Mt. Bachelor is the fifth largest ski resort in the U.S., offering 4,318 acres of lift-accessible terrain. The mountain features 11 lifts, eight of which are Express Quads. Mt. Bachelor also features five terrain parks, 56K of groomed cross country trails, snowshoeing, tubing, sled dog rides and summer attractions including downhill mountain biking. Mt. Bachelor is part of the POWDR portfolio. For weather conditions, news, and events visit www.mtbachelor.com.