The Cone rises up from the ski area below.
On powder days, I've always looked longinly at The Cone, wanting to hike up there any make some tracks of my own. But I've never convinced anyone to climb up there with me. Well - that is - until I made a spring break trip to Bend late last March.
People climbing up the side of "The Cone."
The snow gods had been good to us the night before, and graced Mt. Bachelor with six inches of fresh, fluffy powder. My brother Dale and I had made a couple of runs, and delighted in the snowy goodness. That's when I looked up at The Cone and mentioned to Dale that today would be a great day to ski its slopes. Dale took a little bit of convincing, but finally decided he would join his crazy sister in her quest to conquer The Cone.
To access The Cone, you must ski down an adjacent ski run as fast as you can to try and get as much distance up the side of The Cone's slopes as possible. When you run out of momentum, it's time to take the skis off and hike the rest of the way up. Although it always looked daunting, I found the hike to take no more than 15 minutes. Yes, it was a steep and strenuous climb, but not as bad as I thought I'd be.