Mt. Bachelor Ski & Snowboard Resort | Ski in Bend, Oregon | Kids Ski Free at Mt. Bachelor
Winter Activities on Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon are endless. For many Bend locals, skiing or snowboarding Mt. Bachelor is their raison d’etre. Come find out why it is also consistently rated as one of the Northwest’s biggest and best ski resort destinations by trade magazines and visitors alike. Mt. Bachelor lodging options in Bend include hotels, motels, resorts, vacation rentals and cabins, bed & breakfasts, plus Kids Ski Free deals and packages.
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A dormant volcano that was first formed between 11,000 and 15,000 years ago, Mt. Bachelor is a true giant that reaches high into the Oregon sky. With activities as diverse as dog sledding, Nordic skiing, and tubing, there is a winter adventure waiting for the whole family.
The dry climate of Central Oregon assures that the 462 inches of annual snowfall on Mount Bachelor is light and fluffy, perfect for carving flawless S turns or learning to ski or snowboard. The resort offers over 4,300 acres of terrain, 3,365 feet of vertical drop and almost 100 runs ranging from double black diamonds to easy green runs for first-timers. With one of the fastest lift systems in the west and the comforts of six day lodges with casual dinning and retail, it’s no wonder Conde Nast Travel has named Bachelor one of the top 50 Ski Resorts in North America for 12 years in a row, and MSN.com ranked it in the top 10.
But Bachelor is not just for skiers. The resort offers beginner and intermediate snowboard parks with tables, step ups and step downs, along with more challenging rails, ride-on boxes and mini tabletops. Mt. Bachelor’s Olympic-sized Superpipe was the home to the Chevy Truck US Snowboard Grand Prix and 2006 Olympic Qualifier. According to TransWorld Snowboarding magazine readers, Mt. Bachelor is #4 in North America for snowboarding and was mentioned as "a place that suits all ages, levels, and styles of riders and riding."
If it is your first time skiing or riding, have no fear. Beginners can ride the Carrousel lift, located near the Sunrise Lodge, for FREE generally Thursday through Sunday and holiday periods mid-December through late-March. Pick up your free lift ticket at the Sunrise Lodge. Need some lessons? The mountain is fully serviced with enthusiastic PSIA/AASI certified instructors to get you cutting fresh tracks in no time. Versatile options for childcare, lessons, and lunch for the kids are also available.
If you need help navigating your way over 4,300 skiable acres, then be on the look out for the 50-plus official Mt. Bachelor Ambassadors in the red jackets. They are on-duty to show you a good time at Mt. Bachelor. They'll give you a unique tour of the mountain from the Rainbow lift chair all the way to Outback. If you don't happen to run into one of them on the slopes, you can request an orientation tour from the concierge desk on the second floor of the West Village Lodge. This service is completely free of charge.
For those looking for other alternatives for wintertime fun, try a two-hour session on the Snowblast Tubing Park featuring an 800-foot ride of your life. Or for those wanting to mush out into the wilderness, book a trip with Trail of Dreams dog sled tours where you will ride under snow-laden trees on winding forest paths, and even learn a bit about caring for the sled dogs. For the more ecologically minded, try the interpretive tour lead by a U.S. Forest Service Naturalist who will guide you though the ecology and geology of the land around Mount Bachelor.
Whether you are a black diamond hot shot, or it is your first time seeing snow, Mt. Bachelor is the pinnacle of Central Oregon’s winter wonderland, and a perfect place to take the whole family.
For more information on lift ticket pricing and hours of operation, you can visit the official website for Mt. Bachelor at www.mtbachelor.com.