Mt. Bachelor Announces Expansion and Cloudchaser Detachable Quad

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Mt. Bachelor will open the long-awaited east side expansion served by a new high speed quad called Cloudchaser in time for Christmas.  Powdr Corp. has signed a nearly $6 million contract with Doppelmayr to install the lift this summer.  The project will add 635 acres of skiable terrain to Mt. Bachelor, making it the 5th largest ski area in the United States.  This will be the first new terrain serviced by a new lift since the Northwest Express was added in 1996.  With the addition of Cloudchaser, Mt. Bachelor will have eight detachable quad chairs serving more than 4,300 acres.  The new lift will rise 1,448 vertical feet with a slope length of 6,576 feet and 21 towers.

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Cloudchaser lift line seen this week.  It’s hard to believe a lift will be operating here in six months.

Mt. Bachelor will host a Cloudchaser launch party on May 7th with free skiing and entertainment.  “This is an exciting milestone for the entire team here at Mt. Bachelor and for you, our loyal pass holders,” interim General Manager John McCleod wrote in an email  to season pass holders.  “Powdr’s investment in this lift underscores a commitment to Mt. Bachelor and provides us a new way to enjoy our favorite mountain.”

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Last year’s trail map showing the future lift.

Powdr Corp. sold Park City Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts for $182.5 million two years ago so it’s no surprise the company is reinvesting in its remaining properties, which also include Copper Mountain, Killington, Pico, Boreal, Lee Canyon and Soda Springs.

2 thoughts on “Mt. Bachelor Announces Expansion and Cloudchaser Detachable Quad

  1. Tyler G April 23, 2016 / 3:39 am

    Sounds like it’ll be a bubble chair? They talk about protection from weather in the article

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    • Peter Landsman April 23, 2016 / 8:14 am

      I think that’s referring to natural protection from the weather being below treeline. Remember Oregon’s volcanoes have multiple lifts that are so exposed they close most of the winter. Timberline made the same argument when they added the Jeff Flood Express…that storms closed the upper lifts for weeks on end and they needed to go lower.

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