Have you ever skied on a volcano? Floated through Ponderosa Pine trees on fluffy powder? Or experienced unobstructed 360° views at 9,000 feet? Look no further than Central Oregon’s own Mt. Bachelor. Boasting the impressive title as the 6th largest ski resort in North America, Mt. Bachelor should be on the bucket list of every Pacific Northwest visitor.
With a base elevation of 6,500 feet and typical season lasting from Thanksgiving to Memorial Day weekend, Mt. Bachelor is a no-brainer for an epic ski/snowboard vacation. Other stats include a whopping average of 460 inches of snow a year, 15 lifts that access over 4,300 skiable acres, and 121 unique runs with 3,365 feet of vertical drop.
Another one of the many features that makes Mt. Bachelor unique is the Summit Lift. As the name implies, this one-of-a-kind chair brings thrill-seeking guests to the 9,068-foot peak that offers Instagram worthy 360° views of the surrounding Cascade Mountain Range. After filling your camera roll, the skiing/riding possibilities are endless. Drop where you please, shred the vast open bowls, and then follow the cat track back to either Cloudchaser or Northwest lifts.
Tired legs and an empty stomach? The mountain’s food and beverage options have you covered. With on the slopes dining at three different locations, Mt. Bachelor has plenty of breakfast, lunch and après ski cuisine options.
Lastly, located just a 30-minute drive from Bend, Oregon, Mt. Bachelor is perfectly positioned for a well-rounded vacation. Home to roughly 100,000 residents, Bend is well-equipped with delicious restaurants, quaint lodging opportunities and plenty of entertainment for rest days and evenings in town. The mere 25-minute drive to the Redmond Airport, allows travelers to fly direct from Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.