New Release – May 2023

Long before Mount Bachelor became one of the country’s largest ski areas, the booming timber mills drew workers to Oregon’s forested hills. In the late 1920s, Scandinavian immigrants started a community ski club, and their passion for the mountains created a vibrant outdoor culture centered on skiing and winter recreation.

As the timber industry collapsed in the 1950s, Bend businessman Bill Healy opened a small ski hill on the slopes of Bachelor Butte. That resort, set in the heart of the Deschutes National Forest, helped turn a fading logging town into a hub for tourism and outdoor recreation. Join author Glenn Voelz as he explores how Mount Bachelor became a vital part of the region’s culture, history, and economy.

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