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Bend Winter Road, Trail, and Ski Conditions
Bend, Oregon and Mt. Bachelor Winter Trail and Road Conditions
What are the latest winter road and trail conditions in Bend? We’re here to help delivering the most up to date information from Tripcheck, Mt. Bachelor and other sources in one place. Bend’s unique climate means that the weather can behave a little differently than the rest of the state of Oregon. It can get a little colder at night because of our high-desert elevation, and the sun shines a little more because of the rain shadow caused by the cascade mountains.
Mt. Bachelor Ski and Snowboard Conditions report
Mt. Bachelor generally opens around Thanksgiving every year and has one of the longest seasons of any ski resort in the United States. With over 400 inches of annual snowfall and more than 4,300 skiable acres, Mt. Bachelor’s nordic and alpine skiing is some of the best around. Be sure to check Mt. Bachelor’s webcams before heading up to the mountain as conditions can vary greatly from what is happening at your vacation rental or hotel in Bend.
The Snow Stake Camera is cleared at the end of the day every day, making it easy to see how much snow has accumulated overnight. In addition to keeping their camera feeds online 24 hours a day, they updated their primary conditions report every morning so you know what to expect for your day on the mountain. Skipping the resort and the chairlifts, and heading into the backcountry? Keep reading to learn about the best way to check in on those conditions.
If cross-country (nordic) skiing is more your style, you’ve got plenty of options. Take your dog with you and hit the groomed trails at Wanoga Sno Park. At Meissner and Swampy Sno-Parks, enjoy a dog-free experience with more that 40km of groomed trails for either skate or classic style skiing, with several warming shelters throughout the trail network to enjoy some hot cocoa with friends.
Bend’s location, surrounded by public lands, makes it an ideal getaway for a backcountry ski or snowboard trip, or even just a day on the snowmobile getting up close and personal with our mountains and forests. Central Oregon Avalanche Center has a network of properly-trained avalanche and winter conditions experts and a weather station in the heart of the Central Oregon backcountry to help you decided if today is a safe day to head into our backcountry. As always, when you head into the backcountry, make sure you’re prepare for the unexpected. Always carry a beacon (and know how to use it), a shovel and an avalanche probe in addition to the remaining ten essentials. Travel with a buddy, and know what to do if things go wrong.
Mountain Bike Trail Conditions
Mountain bikes look a little differently in the winter in Bend. The tires are a little fatter and the trails are generally groomed. That’s what it’s like to ride a fat (tire) bike in Bend during the winter. Bend’s Fat bike trails are groomed out of Wanoga Son-Park in the wintertime, conditions permitting making for a truly unique biking experience. Many bike and gear shops in town rent fat tire bikes for you to take up the Cascade Lakes Highway or out to Tumalo Falls for a fun day of human-powered sightseeing.
If you’re looking for more traditional mountain biking, head east to the Horse Butte and Horse Ridge areas. Bend Trails keeps riders updated on trail conditions, so you know that if the trails or muddy or snow-covered to stay off of them and practice proper trail etiquette. Even if the trails west of town are snow free, it’s best to stay off of them during freeze-thaw cycles to ensure that the trails don’t develop ruts and become further eroded. For more tips on how to treat our trails well, check out our Cruise Like a Local page.
Pledge for the Wild
Once your trip is done, make sure to say thanks to the groups who are working hard to make sure your experience on the trails are world-class by making a tax-deductible contribution to Pledge for the Wild. Your donation will go directly to the Bend Sustainability Fund, a grant program funding projects that protect, steward, and create sustainable recreational resources and outdoor experiences in Bend’s backyard.
Pledge for the Wild is a national group of mountain towns supporting responsible tourism in wild places, and providing a mechanism for direct tax-deductible donations into the communities we love.
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