IMG_3742webThe snow that comes with winter brings some of the best skiing and snowboarding to Bend and the rest of Central Oregon. If downhill skiing, snowboarding or Nordic skiing is your thing, you are in luck, because there are several ski resorts in the Central Oregon area that provide great conditions for almost anyone.

With over 3,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain, you won’t want to pass up a trip to the ski resort with the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington. Mt. Bachelor, located on the eastern flanks of Oregon’s Central Cascades, is known for its light, dry snow, diverse terrain, family-friendliness and long seasons.

Bill Healy founded Mt. Bachelor Ski Area December 19, 1958 with a rope tow and a single lift. Mt. Bachelor has since grown to be one of the largest ski resorts in the U.S. The resort boasts a wide variety of terrain. Guests can ski or ride 360 degrees off the summit, hike the adjoining cinder cone for a thrilling run down, or, ski the trees to find that great cache of powder.

Mt. Bachelor Conditions

Check out the current conditions at Mt. Bachelor by clicking HERE.

Not only is Mt. Bachelor a great place for expert skiers and riders to get that burn, it is also a fantastic place to learn a snow sport or take the family for an exciting day out. Carrousel, their free beginners lift, offers an easy ride up and gentle slope down. There are also numerous lesson packages to choose from; check out our link to snow sport services.

Conveniently located just 22 miles west of Bend, Mt. Bachelor’s season is one of the longest in the Northwest, usually starting in November by Thanksgiving and lasting well into May. Surrounded by the tall hemlocks and pines of the Deschutes National Forest and breathtaking views of the Three Sisters and other Cascade peaks, you are sure to enjoy that mountain experience you seek at Mt. Bachelor.

The Season

Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Season: November to late May

Snowphone: 541-382-7888 or visit mobile site

Mountain Topography

Summit: 9,065 feet

West Village Base: 6,300 feet

Northwest Express Base: 5,700 feet

Vertical Drop*: 3,365 feet

Acres of Terrain: 3,683 acres accessible by lift with 1,600 acres groomed daily

* Mt. Bachelor calculates the total vertical drop from the Summit at 9,065 feet to the base elevation at the Northwest Express lift which is 5,700 feet.

Information courtesy of the Mt. Bachelor website.

Mt. Bachelor isn’t only place to ski and snowboard!

However Mt. Bachelor isn’t the only place in Oregon to ski. Hoodoo Ski Area, which sits on the summit of Oregon’s Santiam Pass is one of Oregon’s most centrally located destination for winter sports enthusiasts.

Located just 44 miles west of Bend, 85 miles east of Eugene and 130 miles southeast of Portland, Hoodoo Ski Area offers more than 800 acres of terrain, 32 runs, five lifts and one of the largest tubing parks in the West.

The ski slopes of Hoodoo Ski Area, which was founded in 1938, are on a big, rounded butte, with lots of wide open terrain. Hoodoo’s backside provides deep and challenging powder, while the front side has finely groomed runs.

Hoodoo also has night skiing until 9 p.m. of Friday and Saturday for those who just can’t get enough time on the mountain during the day.

Check out Hoodoo’s website for more information.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, located about 110 miles to the northwest of Bend, Oregon, offers some of the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding in the Northwest.

Mt. Hood Meadows operates on a special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest. The resort sprawls across Mt. Hood’s southeast flank, which is typically the sunny, wind-protected side of Mt. Hood.

The area’s terrain provides fun, and sometimes challenges to all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

The Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort website can provide you with more information on everything they have to offer the avid skier.

So why wait? It is time to get out for some fantastic skiing here in Central Oregon.

For more information and current conditions on these and other Oregon ski resorts you can check out the Oregon pages at SkiCentral or OnTheSnow.