It's official, this past season is one for the record books in much of the west. Although Mt. Bachelor ski area had hoped to stay open until Memorial Day, it will now close Sunday. According to the Bend Bulletin, May 10 will be the last day to ski the Oregon resort, making it the earliest Mt. Bachelor has closed since 1976-1977. But unlike California, it wasn't a dry year in Oregon skiing. Instead, warm temperatures were the problem, with rain ruining the ski area's base. Only four ski areas brought less snow to Mt. Bachelor than this season (see graph above), and this winter the resort only saw 212 total inches of snow. Historically, Mt. Bachelor has averaged 462 inches per season. Want more statistics on the poor winter in Oregon this year? Head over here.
· Mt. Bachelor closing is earliest in close to 40 years [Bend Bulletin]