Let’s go skiing at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort in the Cascade Mountain range! It is located in Central Oregon, about 22 miles west of Bend, Oregon, and is on a dormant volcano. It is the 6th largest ski resort in the country and is a great resort for all types of skiers.
The skiable area is 5.75 sq miles, with 101 runs. The maximum run length is four miles, with a vertical drop of 3,365 ft, and the top elevation is 9,065 ft. The ski area has runs of 360 degrees off the summit with skiing above the tree line with excellent views. The majority of the mountain immediately accessible by the lifts consists of blue runs and a few green runs. There are also many black runs accessed from the Norwest chair lift and some off the Summit lift.
The vibrant town of Bend (“The Unofficial Beer Capital of the USA”) located along the Deschutes River, beckons visitors with many micro-breweries and many other restaurants to fill any food craving. The Old Mill District in Bend also boasts more than 12 riverfront restaurants that feature everything from exotic happy hours and fine dining to kid-friendly family-style meals.
If you want a day off from skiing, besides spending time in the town of Bend, there are many opportunities for snowshoeing and hiking. Try a Deschutes National Forest snowshoe tour in the day or in the evening guided by stars; or a “brews & views” tour all interpreted by a naturalist. For more high-speed fun, try dog sledding or Snowblast tubing. Or spend the day at one of Oregon’s most iconic visitor destinations, Smith Rock State Park, for hiking and wildlife viewing.
Contact Sandy or Mark Koss for more information. Registration forms are on the CSC website.