Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
By McFarnell (Matthew Farnell)
Since the first free ski day in February turned out to be blizzard conditions, Mt. Bachelor decided to offer another free day in April. This time we only had eight people in our group from the Woodland area.
For those of you who don’t know, Mt. Bachelor offers a free ski day each year where skiers donate three cans of food in exchange for a free lift ticket. The donated food goes to help low-income people in Oregon. Sometimes the free day is a little crowded, but this time it wasn’t! People must be focusing on spring activities and didn’t want to go skiing or something.
We left Woodland about 3:30 a.m. and arrived at the mountain around 8:30, just 30 minutes before opening. The weather was amazing! Sunny skies and not much wind! The mountain had been getting fresh snow the previous week, so the weather and snow conditions were just awesome. Matthew L. and I climbed all the way to the summit and snowboarded down a double black diamond run. So fun! By afternoon, skiing in t-shirts was quite refreshing after sweating in the lift lines. Because of the nice weather, I was able to get lots of pictures and videos!
On the way home, we stopped in Redmond to do a bit of city caving. All in all, this was a VERY fun day!
Enjoy the video below, or click here for more pictures.