16 January 2009 3 Comments

Mt Bachelor Screws up – again

I love the mountain. I was up earlier today – cruising the groomed ice. But when I got home this afternoon I received an email from Mt Bachelor, which included this statement: ‘effective immediately, we require all season passes and lift tickets to be clearly visible, easily accessible and made readily available for inspection by Lift Access staff at every lift for every ride on the mountain, and by Nordic staff upon their request’.

Not sure about most peeps, but I keep my pass safely tucked away in my jacket sleeve – in a special pocket designed for passes. Removing it wouldn’t be much of a hassle, but an annoyance none-the-less if it had to be done at every lift, day after day, week after week. Now Mt Bachelor is demanding that we show our pass or as they say make it available. Lame, Mt Bachelor. Why?

Mountain visits are supposed to be a relaxing time. If you are having issues – deal with them without inconveniencing season pass holders.

4 January 2009 0 Comments

Blog from Mt Bachelor

This is a first attempt to blog from my Blackberry + from Blue Lodge at Mt Bachelor to boot. All of us are here for Max’s first day doing MBSEF – so far so good. The snow is great and the kids are having a blast.

Now I’m in the car cranking tunes with the seat warmers on char broil. Today was the first day Ana (6) beat her mom down the hill – it was epic – and I have the video to prove it. She took a digger earlier today but bounced back after a quick stop at the lounge, which was an opportunity I took for some quick runs.

Today marks the day of an offical two weeks off for the familia. It was great to see most everyone for sure (Most everyone meaning it would have been cool to see everyone, but not everyone could make it.), however, it’s back to it tomorrow. I’m ready though – but something tells me the kids would be more than happy to have another week off of school.

Time for the drive back home and the obligatory hot tub soak.

22 December 2008 0 Comments

Snowbound

Snow cakeFun weekend for sure – crazy cold and full of snow! We capped of this weekend with the last of Ho ho holiday parties, good times for sure.
The mountain was a blast, interestingly enough it was warmer up at the mountain than it was in town – the temperature read 10°s as we headed out and about 32°s about thirty minutes later when we arrived at Mt Bachelor. The snow just kept on falling all weekend long. Another trip to the mountain may be in order once again tomorrow – it’s x-mas break and the kids are home, so why not?

18 December 2008 0 Comments

Let it snow.

SnowtopIt’s snowing – which means more snow for Mt. Bachelor! Woo Hoo! In town we may see about three inches, but the mountian should be getting three feet! Um – all meetings cancelled tomorrow. ;^)

15 December 2008 0 Comments

Good weekend ender – Mt Bachelor opens

Ana, Laurie, Max kicking itWoo Hoo! The mountain finally opened today. It was a good day for sure – and long awaited by many.
By 8 am the Mt Bachelor webcam revealed that a select group was already waiting at the base of the Pine Martin lift for first runs – we were in our PJs – all comfy cozy. Early mornings and Sundays are meant for relaxation – unless of course the mountain gets epic snowfall the night before.

My only plans for this day involved heading out to thump to meet my bud Danno for a morning cup and cruising up to the mountain for some runs. Not bad for a Sunday.

After coffee it was off to the mountain! We arrived just after eleven and the lines were minimal, the snow was falling and the sky was clearing – at times. The kids had a blast and did really well. After about five runs and two hot chocolates we were ready to head home for some Pizza Mondo, beers, movies, maybe some  Halo 3 and a hot tub! Well – Laurie and I were ready for the beers part, the kids not so much.

It was a good day for sure. The only thing that would have made it great was all of us hopping in the hot tub after our day on the hill – like last year – this year Max will have to skip out on the hot tub action because of his burns and new skin, but there’s always next year. We made sure he was totally covered when we hit the mountain today, we got him a cool new old-school ski mask that covers his whole face – bank robber style. Let it snow, let it now, let it snow.

15 March 2008 0 Comments

83-year-old hits mugger with gas hose (From cnn.com)

This is awesome! From cnn.com. Watch the WHOLE video (it’s short) and listen to what this nice old lady says at the end. Classic!

Go here.

Just came back from the Mt Bachelor…Epic day, and watching this made it even better. :^)

4 February 2008 0 Comments

Mt Bachelor

Great snow for the past week or so up at Mt Bachelor and this past weekend was epic for sure (if you don’t mind the typical overcast conditions).
I’ve noticed that the Sunrise Lodge Map board (this is the main sign element visitors use for guidance at the base of the lodge) has been down for almost a week now with no explanation as to how it happened or when it will be fixed. In a way it’s somewhat of a visual metaphor for the many shared sentiments locals feel about the current mismanagement of this resort.
Regardless, it’s still a fun place to go to enjoy the views, hook up w/ friends and contemplate the meaning of life while on Rainbow Chair. :^)

30 January 2008 0 Comments

12 Inch Day

Cruised up to Mt Bachelor this morning to take advantage of the new snow. The powder was so deep today, there was no alternative but to lean way back and point the board nose downhill. There’s something about gliding down a slope in deep fresh powder that puts a smile on my face (even now, just thinking about it).
A great day on the Mountian for sure.