A storm that dumped 20 inches of new snow in the last two days will allow Mt. Bachelor to open Friday for the winter.
The snowfall allowed Mt. Bachelor staff to prepare the West Village base area and Little Pine chairlift for the Friday opening, the ski area announced Wednesday.
Chair lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Village base area.
The Little Pine chairlift is scheduled to run Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving the Home Run beginner trail with entry level Woodward Mountain Park features on the slope.
In addition, the ski area is offering a select set of ski and snowboard lesson options through Mt. Bachelor’s Gravity Snowsports School. Mt. Bachelor child care will also be open beginning Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m.
On Friday, Mt. Bachelor is hosting “Hopening Day,” an event which was scheduled before the ski area knew it would open its lifts. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. for visitors to enjoy hiking, family activities, scavenger hunts and photo ops with ski patrol and avalanche dogs.
Mt. Bachelor traditionally opens the day after Thanksgiving. It has opened as early as Nov. 18 in 2017 and as late as Nov. 25 in 2016.