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Visitor reviews for Mt Bachelor Ski Resort
June 01, 2017
E Z E from United States
Lots of snow, no condos or hotels, great beer, legal marijuana (except on the forest land that you ski), dog friendly parking lot, the absence
of lift lines midweek, and one seriously kick ass tune and repair shop ...all reasons for you to go. Ski/ride somewhere else if you want the amenities of Vail or Whistler, wear a non-ironic onesie, or cannot handle
high winds and whiteout conditions.....
Do not visit Mt. Bachelor if you want to ski at a place that is laid back with a mom and pop feel, but with corporate Mt size.
Mt. Batchy could be your dream come true.
Just don't tell your friends and don't move here.
Mt Bachelor Ratings
Overall: 3.4. Based on 23 votes and 21 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mt Bachelor.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mt Bachelor, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Mt Bachelor, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mt Bachelor.
Ski in/Ski out: 1.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Mt Bachelor, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mt Bachelor is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Mt Bachelor relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.9
(1) There are no snow groomers at Mt Bachelor, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mt Bachelor are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mt Bachelor is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.6
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mt Bachelor, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.5
(1) Mt Bachelor usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.8
(1) The staff at Mt Bachelor are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mt Bachelor are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.9
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.5
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mt Bachelor has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Mt Bachelor, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Mt Bachelor, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mt Bachelor, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mt Bachelor has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.1
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.3
(1) Overall, Mt Bachelor is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.4
(1) Overall, Mt Bachelor is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 02, 2017
LL from United States
Don't believe the hype. Lift lines are terrible and it rains a lot. Washington state is way better; no income tax!
February 01, 2016
Terri from United States
This ski resort gets tracked out quick! Lift tickets are on par with Whistler, Mammoth, Squaw Valley; the terrain is not. Seems like Mt. Bachelor Corp has gone heavy on the marketing and light on providing value to it's customers. Lifts don't open on time (if at all); also a contributing factor to it getting tracked out too quick. Also, no side country here.
February 01, 2016
Tony from United States
Over hyped, over priced and overcrowded. Has to be one of the most overrated resorts in the west. If Mount Bachelor put a fraction of the dollars they pour into marketing into their operations there might be some turns left at 9:15 am. This place gets tracked out quick, the lifts are rarely running full speed and lift tickets are $80 which is reasonable if you have the terrain and facilities of a Whistler, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, etc. Mt. Bachelor does not.
December 19, 2015
Steve from United States
Bachelor has the potential to be one of the most fun mountains anywhere in the world. Unfortunately and in reality, it has to be one of the worst run mountains anywhere in the world. You pay a lot of dollars for a season or day pass to basically use 3 old lifts for most the season. The other 3 lifts to the best terrain are hardly ever open in order to save money. Last season one lift was broken so didn't even open as it wasn't repaired until the summer. The three old 4 seat lifts are slow, stop and rarely open on time each morning with ridiculous excuses. The resort is run on the absolute cost margin. They don't employ enough people, who are mainly just inexperienced kids trying to do their best. They don't have enough grooming machines or employees to groom all the runs each day so even in the morning many runs are in poor condition. The lodges are in a badly neglected state and serve very poor quality food. A chair actually fell off the lift last year during the holidays. A child fell off the lift last year. This year there is the smell of marijuana all over the mountain and the parking area so you really wouldn't want to bring your kids here for a family holiday. It's such a shame because the mountain could be so so much better than it is with more investment, more professional management and better customer service.
May 20, 2011
JLC from United States
I ski Mt Bachelor because it's a local mountain, less than 30 miles from town and has great variety of slopes, real nice people even the transplants and visitors from all over the world make you feel welcome...Too bad 'bachelorbound' has a bad attitude about visitors and fellow skiers that willingly paid the price to live in this pristine place because an education gave them the choice to live anywhere they wanted including in a nice place like Bend, OR. It would take a lot for me to even think of moving from here and not have Mt Bachelor's steep and deep +++. Come see for yourself and ignore the wieners..
December 07, 2010
bachelorbound from United States
Bachelor (Mt Bachelor) is terrible. I hate how long the runs can be, the lack of people stacked up in the lift line, the 360 ability, deep powder, world class half pipe, the amazing local crowd, and the list goes on... If I were you, I would stay in California and sell that mansion in Sunriver, on the cheap, to a local. Raised here, going on three decades, I love Bend and Bach, but hate the new big city crowd that has turned this community from blue collar, outdoorsmen, wave-at-your-neighbor, timber folk into the move your truck cause it's making my dads bmw look bad, trust fund yup, smart-water-drinking, drones that it is now. Be local, stay local.
November 11, 2010
Jeffrey from United States
I've skied Sun Valley, Schweitzer, Whistler-Blackcomb, Big Mt. (never Whitefish Mt. Resort!), Vail, Keystone, Winter Park and Breckenridge. I've never enjoyed myself more than at Mt Bachelor.
I got back to Bachelor last March for the first time in 35 years. The mountain was one of the best areas in the PNW back in the mid-70s (long before Whistler-Blackcomb had grown into a mega-resort) and it is even better today.
When I was last there in '77, the only way to ski the whole mountain was to climb the last 1,000' or so, and the NW/Outback area wasn't even on the drawing board. Now, you've got 360-degrees from the summit, if you're good enough.
While Bachelor may not have the steeps of Whistler (often unskiable anyway due to white-out conditions), Bachelor has probably the best snow in the region (including Sun Valley) and gets more of it than any other area. (Mt. Baker may get a bit more, but then it's usually classic Cascade Concrete and the place is overrun with snowboarders.)
Grooming is on par with Sun Valley (miles ahead of Crystal or Whistler-Blackcomb) and the runs are nearly as long as SV with most being more interesting, particularly those off the NW and Outback chairs that pitch and roll nicely through the trees. Truly a cruiser's delight. I logged 50,000' plus vertical over two bluebird days thanks to no crowds and fast lifts.
We're going back in February for a week.
May 01, 2010
Kirsten from United States
I am from Washington state, and as of mid April, all of the resorts in Washington are closed. However, Mt Bachelor is still open, and with a spring pass that only cost $100, there is nothing bad to say about this resort. The employees were all friendly, the snow was amazing, the hotel we stayed at (7th mountain resort) was only 25 minutes away and had great room rates, and not being employed at this time allowed me to come here for two weeks in a row. I would recommend this (Mt Bachelor) to anyone.
February 17, 2010
Sterling from United States
It never ceases to amaze me how many people use ski resort reviews as a platform to publicize, perhaps inadvertently, that they are a bit pretentious.
As for Mt Bachelor, I love it. I am a season pass holder. Some people say the snow is too thick, and some of this is true. But if your intention is to enjoy yourself and the company of friends, and not compare every single turn to a that powder day in France where you skied with the two supermodels, you will have fun. They have skiing for all abilities, the staff is friendly and engaging, and there is always new territory to explore. If you need 70ft. vertical drops, charter your private jet to Jackson Hole. Otherwise, Mt Bachelor is a great place to ski!