Bend, OR – Mt. Bachelor, known for immense snow pack and one of the longest Alpine ski seasons, will be offering North America‟s longest Nordic ski season this year with a commitment to keep groomed operations open through June 20, 2011. With strategic natural attributes such as the highest resort peak in the Cascades, not to mention a possible record breaking season for snowfall with 564” to date and 2‟+ forecasted this week, Mt. Bachelor is in a unique position to offer Nordic skiing and grooming later than any other Nordic Center on the continent.
Sue Foster, Nordic Center Manager exclaims, “We‟re really excited to host some of the world‟s best Nordic athletes at Mt. Bachelor with training by the US and Canadian Ski Teams, in addition to continuing our grooming for the general public through our spring and summer pass options!”
The Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center will offer two „Camp Blocks‟ following its regular winter season of operations; Camp Block #1 held from May 22-June 1, 2011, and Camp Block #2 held June 10-20, 2011. Skiers will have access to 10 – 15 km of groomed trails during either Camp Block for only $50 per person. Current winter Nordic pass holders will need to purchase Camp Block passes to access the Nordic Trails after May 21, 2011. The Nordic Center Lodge will be open with waxing facilities and restrooms for guests.
The extended Nordic ski season through June 20th will offer local enthusiasts and visiting athletes the unique opportunity to train in Central Oregon with multi-sport opportunities including trail running, mountain and road biking, kayaking and numerous lodging options, restaurants and craft breweries in the base communities of Bend and Sunriver, 20 miles from Mt. Bachelor.