It’s getting to be that time of year again in Central Oregon! As the mountain peaks start turning white with snow, this ski town wakes up each morning with anticipation. Winter is coming! If you are not from this area and you are a skier or boarder, then experiencing Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort is a must!
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort is fantastic for alpine skiing or snowboarding–it’s the most popular ski resort in the Pacific Northwest! Two things make this a unique ski resort: The first is that Mt Bachelor is still considered an active volcano! But don’t worry, it’s been 9,500 years since its last eruption. The second is when the weather is mellow, you can take Summit chair to the top of the mountain to open up 360 degree skiing! In the right snow conditions you can access terrain on the backside of the mountain for added challenge. The backside is a traverse with different chutes to drop in to, winding your way to a cat track that brings you back to one of the two lifts on either end, Cloudchaser (eastside) and Northwest (westside). Personally, I recommend all-mountain or powder skis for this area. I’ve done it in groomer skis and they added quite a bit of difficulty. Please note that the access on the back of the mountain is as close as you can get to backcountry terrain, and should only be explored by expert skiers and snowboarders.
The resort offers 16 lifts, 12 of which are high-speed quad chairs, and three lodges, two at the base and one at mid-mountain, to create a luxurious mountain experience. Overall, the terrain of the mountain is moderate, with long flowy groomed trails, phenomenal tree runs and powder stashes. It won’t matter what level you’re at, everyone is bound to find their jam and have a great time! Maybe you’re not into skiing alpine terrain? No problem at all! Mt Bachelor Ski Resort also has amazing cross-country trails ranging from beginner to expert tracks to spend your day exploring.
Local tip: After a recent mountain storm, the town of Bend took a “sick day” to head up to the mountain. Given the one lane road, when that happens, I recommend getting up before the mountain opens to miss the traffic. You can grab breakfast and a cup of coffee at the West Village Lodge and watch Pine Marten lift prepare to open.
The one thing this mountain is missing is lodging. That is where Meredith Lodging comes in to play. Our Mt. Bachelor Village offers luxurious condos and amenities, including access to the Bend Athletic Club, our exclusive Meredith Lodging clubhouse, hot tubs and so much more. We also have homes, not a part of the Village, that are halfway to the mountain if you plan to spend all your time on the snow, or closer to Bend if you want to mix in the amenities of town. Call our local agents in Central Oregon for their expertise to help find you the perfect home for your family this winter!