Skiing the Cascades

Pamela Wright

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MOUNT BACHELOR, Ore. — The wind whipped. The snow swirled. We caught our breath. We were standing on top of Mount Bachelor’s exposed, jagged summit, an ancient and long-dormant volcanic cauldron, surrounded by the vast Deschutes National Forest. The views were crazy pretty, stretching east across central Oregon’s high desert country, west to a series of alpine lakes, south to Crater Lake and Mount Shasta, and northward across the rolling mountain peaks of the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, and Mount Hood. But the expansive, go-for-it terrain beneath our ski tips was equally impressive. We could launch the boards in any direction off the highest lift-accessed summit in the Cascades.

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