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Mt. Bachelor details parking reservation system; booking of spots begins Nov. 9

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Mt. Bachelor will use parking lot reservation system to help manage resort visitors amid COVID-19 restrictions

Visitors can book up to seven advance days throughout season

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Mt. Bachelor announced Friday more details of its new parking reservation system, a key way the resort said it plans to manage the number of people on site "in order to ensure the well-being of its guests, staff and community."

The car reservation system, part of the Mt. Bachelor “Back to Basics” safe operating plan, will be in place every day of the season, and parking spaces must be reserved before arriving to the resort to ensure availability, officials said.

“The parking reservation system means guests can know that when they plan a trip to Mt. Bachelor, they are going to have a great experience – they know they will have a place to park and plenty of room to spread out on the mountain,” says John McLeod, the resort's president and general manager.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure a great, fun-filled winter season for our community and visiting guests," McLeod said in Friday's news release. "By managing the number of people visiting Mt. Bachelor at any given time, staff and guests will be able to appropriately physically distance, stay safe, and have fun.”

Guests may begin booking reservations at 7 a.m. PST on Monday, Nov. 9 and can book up to seven advance days throughout the season.

Once the season begins, guests will also be able to book an unlimited amount of days in a rolling 7-day window.

As advance days are used, guests will be able to book additional advance days, never holding more than seven advance reservations. Advance booking is recommended, and same-day reservations can be made, if available, at the Mt. Bachelor website.

The new parking reservation system, alongside Mt. Bachelor’s requirement for guests to pre-book passes and experiences, are part of a comprehensive plan to safely get back to skiing and riding.

The 2020/21 Mt. Bachelor winter operating plan follows the National Ski Areas Association’s Ski Well, Be Well best practices and includes:

  • The requirement for staff and guests to wear facial coverings when indoors, except when seated to eat or drink, and outdoors when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • New protocols for lift mazes and riding to ensure appropriate physical distance.
  • Encouragement for guests to be prepared to warm and dine out of their vehicles, given reduced capacity limits in lodges and more limited dining and beverage options at resort venues.
  • A continued commitment to uphold the highest standards of sanitization to keep our staff and guests safe.

Mt. Bachelor will have dedicated Alpine- and Nordic-specific parking lots and will be taking car reservations for West Village lot, Skyliner and Sunrise parking lots. Drop-offs are allowed daily.

Parking inventory from opening day, scheduled for Dec. 7, through May 30, will be available for booking at 7:00 a.m. PST on Nov. 9 via the Mt. Bachelor website here.

To ensure as many people can ski and ride as possible and remain safe, additional parking inventory will be released and announced on a rolling basis and reflect necessary precautions surrounding the pandemic, user patterns and weather and conditions.

A parking reservation system ensures the most equal access to ski and ride at Mt. Bachelor, across all passholder groups and types of resort visitors, the resort said. Parking reservation terms and conditions are available here.

Book your Mt. Bachelor experience with confidence, knowing you will be covered by the Passholder Promise, which offers in season 2020/21 COVID-19 coverage and the option for any guest with an unused 2020/21 pass to request and obtain a full refund for any reason before Nov. 20, 2020.

For more information about Mt. Bachelor 2020/21 experiences and passes, visit:

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  1. Good luck making that work.
    I got my refund you can have my parking spot if you can get in before the site crashes or phone doesn’t work.
    Try getting parking reservation on powder day LOL.

    1. Wishful thinking according to the 2019 census 7000 CA malcontents moved to Bend. And judging by the amount of cars with CA plates driving around because they can’t get plates changed due to DMV backlog. I’d say 2019 will pale comparison to 2020.

  2. Just what we all need, something else to stress over in 2020-2021. Make skiing fun again! Powdr Corp., you’ve been doing pretty goad the last few years. Don’t f it up with this parking BS!

  3. For all you whiners who complain about cows on National Forest and BLM lands, these ski resorts are making thousands of times more money from YOUR public lands than the ranchers ever will and are paying less than the ranchers are per head. The last I heard, Ranchers were paying somewhere are $5.50 per cow/calf pair per month. Right now Powdr is not even giving a day trip price but a 12-day pass is $779 or $64.92 cents a day – roughly the same for a cow/calf pair for one year. I could not find what the Special use permit value is for Powdr – Mt Bachlor which would be interesting enough in itself. Does anyone know what Powdr pays for the use of our public lands they get to treat as private property?

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