Thinking Ski Vacation? Think Mt. Bachelor

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Thinking Ski Vacation? Think Mt. Bachelor

Skiing down Mt. Bachelor in central Oregon isn’t just about the snow.  It’s about lots of snow – and lots of fun!

If you’re pondering your next skiing vacation, we suggest you ponder Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor.  In fact, we’ll even give you some questions (and answers) to guide your considerations.

What does a ski vacation need to make it a success?  Snow, of course, would be first on the list, and Mt. Bachelor has snow in quantity; in fact, it has the most snow of any ski resort in California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington.

And then there’s scheduling. A nice long season is great, giving you the maximum chance to get out on the powder. Running from Thanksgiving into May most years, Mt. Bachelor has one of the longest seasons on the West Coast.

How about a variety of runs? A bunch of difficulty levels? Plenty of lifts? On-site restaurants and other facilities? Check, check, and check. Just check out the summary below.

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Mt. Bachelor Slope to Slope

  • Total runs: 88
  • Maximum run length: 4 miles
  • Total skiable acres: 3,683
  • Number of lifts: 10
  • Lift types: triple chair, high-speed quad
  • Easier terrain: 15%
  • Difficult terrain: 25%
  • Most difficult terrain: 35%
  • Extreme terrain: 25%
  • 4 terrain parks: Pacific City, Seaside, Cannon Beach and The Point
  • Top elevation: 9,065 feet
  • Vertical drop: 3,365 feet
  • Average snowbase: over 100 inches
  • Average snowfall: 462 inches
Aaron Karitis enjoys the sunny east side of Mt bachelor

Aaron Karitis enjoys the sunny east side of Mt bachelor

Where Can I Stay Near Mt. Bachelor?

When you’re surrounded by 2 million acres of pine-forested wilderness, you can definitely enjoy space, fresh air, and scenery. Overnight accommodations at the mountain itself, however, are not available.

But don’t let this deter you. There’s an abundance of lodging options in the nearby towns of Bend and Sunriver, including luxurious boutique-style hotels, full-service resorts, vacation rental homes, and condos.

Some of these hotels go the extra mile. The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center in Bend offers all the amenities you’d expect: gorgeous riverside scenery, heated indoor pools and spas, and plush guestrooms that feature refrigerators, microwaves, big-screen TVs and wireless Internet. To sweeten the deal, they even offer special packages for skiers and families.

If you want to be closer to a vibrant downtown area, Hilton’s Doubletree Hotel has the spot for you. While the guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, with high-quality bedding and big-screen TVs, an upgrade to a suite gives you even more luxury. There’s nothing quite like returning from a chilly afternoon on the slopes to your own fireplace and hot tub, or admiring the view from your personal balcony.

The Riverhouse

The Riverhouse

How Do We Get to Mt. Bachelor’s Ski Resort?

Mt. Bachelor is located about 20 minutes east of the city of Bend, Oregon. The nearest airport is Redmond Airport, about 20 miles north of Bend. It is served by Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and American Airlines. Nonstop services are available from Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle and other key cities.

Once you arrive in Bend, you can opt to simply park your car and catch the Mt. Bachelor shuttle at the Bend Park and Ride lot on Columbia Street. Or, for maximum ski time, you can drive to Mt. Bachelor’s West Village area and park near the lifts.

Should you prefer to drive into this part of Central Oregon, Mt. Bachelor is located off of US-97, about 3½ hours south of Portland. As you drive, you’ll be treated to some spectacular scenery. Before you leave, remember to take into account the weather conditions. Also, note that online maps (such as MapQuest, Bing or Google) and your handy GPS may plan your route through roads that are closed in the winter.

What Other Activities Are Available Near Mt. Bachelor?

If skiing is not your thing but you do enjoy the great outdoors, there are other activities waiting for you at Mt. Bachelor. We’re talking about an 800-foot tubing park, complete with surface lifts to pull you up the slope. Or perhaps you’d prefer to experience a real dogsled ride, enjoying the mesmerizing scenery from an Iditarod-esque vantage point. These activities either require reservations or tend to sell out quickly during peak times. Definitely call before you go to make sure you don’t lose this chance at creating that special memory.

Clearing Rock Bar

Clearing Rock Bar

For a more active (and free!) excursion, you can join U.S. Forest Service naturalists for an interpretive tour of Mt. Bachelor and the Deschutes National Forest area. And did we mention this is a snowshoe tour? Snowshoes are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own snow boots and warm winter clothing. You don’t need any previous snowshoeing experience, but you do need to leave the dogs and the younger kids back at the hotel.

And even though Mt. Bachelor is relatively isolated, it doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. You can find a variety of restaurants and cafés at Pine Marten Lodge; a full-service bar, a coffee bar, and an all-American eatery at the West Village Lodge; an assortment of cafés at the Sunrise Lodge on the east side of the mountain; and hearty snacks and signature burritos at the XC Cafe in the Nordic Lodge.

Special Deals and Group Offers for Mt. Bachelor Skiers

Before you finalize your plans, be sure to check out the Visit Bend website for the latest events, deals and discounts. Recent discount offers included 25% off lodging fees; kids staying and skiing free; and “buy two days and get the third day” free.

East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, it’s hard to beat the combination of snow, trails and amenities that a ski vacation in the Mt. Bachelor area can offer.  No matter if it’s a first lesson on the beginner hill or an adrenaline-soaked run down the mountain, your group’s tastes and skill levels can easily be accommodated. Add in the gorgeous setting and a selection of comfortable and stylish hotels for after-ski relaxation, and we think you’ll agree that Mt. Bachelor is a choice you won’t have to think about too hard.