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Mountain Stats

  • 461 in of annual snowfall
  • 3682 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 9064 ft, base 5698 ft
  • 15% beginner, 25% intermediate, 35% advanced, 3% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/21/2013
  • Projected closing: 05/26/2014

Things to do in Mt. Bachelor

Since Mt. Bachelor sits in the gorgeous Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Range, and is just 20 miles from the lively, little city of Bend, you’re guaranteed a laundry list of outdoor activities, art galleries, beer tours, shopping, dining and other off-mountain things to do in Mt. Bachelor.

Bend, Ore. is renowned as a microbrew beer destination, and unofficially referred to as “Beer Town USA” so get ready to have a couple. The Bend Ale Trail will take beer enthusiasts on a tour of Bend’s 11 breweries, including internationally known and loved Deschutes Brewery. Participants can nab a brewery passport from one of the breweries or the Bend Visitor Center and collect stamps along the trail.

Mt. Bachelor Outdoor Activities

Before you head to Bend or Sunriver after a day on Mt. Bachelor’s slopes take a couple laps on the Snowblast Tubing Park—between Mountain Gateway and Red Lift. You’ll squeal with join down the park’s 800-foot tubing lanes. If you’ve been dying to experience an exhilarating dog sled ride, then Mt. Bachelor is the place to do it. Oregon Trail of Dreams provides an exceptional experience, as one of the owners is a professional Iditarod musher. Oregon Trail of Dreams immerses guests in the beauty of the Central Oregon winter, and provides incredible views of the famed Three Sisters mountains, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor. If you’re looking for something a little more active a snowshoe adventure with Wanterlust Tours is a must. Naturalist guides provide visitors with an ecological tour of the Deschutes National Forest.  Tours are matched to level of fitness and familiarity with the sport, so you’re guaranteed an optimal experience.

To learn more about things to do in Mt. Bachelor call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Beginner Skiing

Beginner skiers and snowboarders, don’t less this dormant volcano fool you. You can ski and ride at this jutting monstrosity and enjoy its unique terrain and epic Cascade Range views just like intermediates and experts. In fact you can ski 15 percent of the resort, and ski on green runs well above treeline.

Mt. Bachelor Beginner Terrain

First time skiers will want to start from the Sunshine Lodge base area village, specifically on the Carrousel lift, since it’s free every Saturday and Sunday for beginners. The Rainbow Chair or Sunrise Express chairlift is a great place for novice skiers or snowboarders to start their Mt. Bachelor ski vacation, as there’s nearly entirely green runs in this area. Once you feel ready you’ll want to take on the Mt. Bachelor beginner terrain out of the West Village area. From the top of Sunrise you can ski down West Village Getback to the Pine Marten Express. At the top of the lift take in the views and nab a picture, then head down Summit Crossover, which you can take back down to West Village or Sunrise, it’s your choice. The Sunshine Accelerator is also a great shorter green run to lap out of the West Village base area that offers prime views from the chairlift of the small Sunshine Terrain Park.

To learn more about Mt. Bachelor beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Budget Ski Vacation

With both the towns of Bend and Sunriver and their many lodging and restaurant options a mere 20 minutes from the resort, a Mt. Bachelor ski vacation is incredibly doable. In fact, the majority of Bend and Sunriver’s lodging options are affordable, and few dining options exceed $30 a plate.

Mt. Bachelor Budget Lodging

Mt. Bachelor accommodates a varied year-round crowd, which ensures that skiers and snowboarders seeking affordable lodging do indeed have options.  Below, we at Ski.com have provided our top budget picks. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with, one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

As the closest and most affordable accommodations to Mt. Bachelor, Seventh Mountain Resort is one is an ideal choice for the budget-conscious who value experience, atmosphere and amenities. Seventh Mountain Resort offers guests an outdoor pool and hot tub, steam room/sauna, concierge desk,  ski storage and ski shuttle service, among many others.
Nestled along the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon, The Riverhouse offers incredible views at a modest price. Guests can choose from a range of unit types, from spacious queen rooms to family suites with full kitchens. Enjoy the hotel’s indoor pool and indoor/outdoor hot tub, fitness center, bar/lounge, restaurants, complimentary breakfast, room service and 24-hour front desk services, to name a few.

Mt. Bachelor Budget Restaurants

With a large population of young, working professionals, Bend has wide array of affordable restaurant with outstanding quality. If you’re feeling the Asian persuasion, head to Bend’s Noi Thai restaurant; you won’t find many menu items over $15. Other high quality to reasonable price dining experiences can be had at Pine Tavern Restaurant and Greg’s Grill, which serve up modern comfort food, or at Bend’s steakhouses The Brickhouse or The Blacksmith.

If you’re looking for an exceptional meal at an exceptional price, a reservation at Elevation on Campus Village is an absolute must. This restaurant is a Cascade Culinary Institute student-operated experience and offers $30 prix fixe menu which includes an appetizer or salad and a foodie-worthy entrée.

To learn more about Mt. Bachelor budget ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Dining

While Mt. Bachelor offers guests high quality breakfast and lunch items, and an exceptional on-mountain dining experience in the Pine Marten Lodge, nearby Bend, Ore. is an unassuming dining mecca. Bend offers just about every dining experience from modern American comfort food to Thai to classic steakhouse fare, all of which will please the most discerning foodies.

Mt. Bachelor Restaurants

If you’re in the mood for classic American dishes with a fresh take, then make a reservation at Drake. This Wall Street restaurant serves up everything from daily seafood  and pasta specials to fries and Southern comfort food to creative salads and healthy sides, like grilled kale and roasted beets. If you’re looking to refuel your body after a long, satisfying day on Mt. Bachelor’s slopes, then a reservation at The Brickhouse is in order. This steakhouse is located on Minnesota Avenue and offers Northwest-raised steaks and local, seasonal seafood, all with an exceptional view of the Deschutes River. Don’t-miss items include bacon-wrapped sea scallops, fresh Dungeness crab cakes, truffle fries and any of the steak cuts. Wine enthusiasts will be pleased with Brickhouse’s wine list. 

If you’re taste buds trend towards spicy you have plenty of options. Among them is Barrio on Minnesota Avenue. This uber popular Latin/Spanish restaurant serves up incredible tapas sure to please well-traveled guests. The paella is also well-loved item, and prices are reasonable. If you have a hankering for Asian food during your Mt. Bachelor ski vacation head to Noi on Franklin Street. Their curries and specialty items are not to be missed and include fresh halibut and trout prepared with Thai spices.

To learn more about Mt. Bachelor dining call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Expert Skiing

With 55 percent of the resort’s 3,683 acres designed as advanced to expert, challenge-seekers will find that the Mt. Bachelor expert skiing is massive. The majority of Mt. Bachelor’s above treeline volcano terrain is reserved for experts. This high alpine playground features some of the most unique and playful skiing and snowboarding in the U.S.; lava flow created natural half pipes 360-degrees around Mt. Bachelor.

Mt. Bachelor Expert Terrain

To get to the goods and the best view, make your way to the highest chairlift in the Pacific Northwest, the Summit Express, which whisks skiers and snowboarders to Mt. Bachelors 9,000-plus foot summit. Enjoy the full circle views and scope your line. For a warm up, advanced and expert skiers will want to head down the West side of the mountain. The Cirque is ideal for extreme- seekers and West Ridge will appease those looking for fast and steep terrain. Or you can head Northwest down the mountain and ski more than 3,300 vertical feet to the Outback or Northwest Express.  Skier’s in search of backcountry-esque terrain will love exploring Mt. Bachelor’s double black diamond backside. This area is a powder heaven, and you’ll often find snow conditions that drastically differ from those on the frontside and vise-versa.

From the summit,  you have your pick of runs from the wide-open Serengeti Plains or Upper Plains to Deadwood Canyon, which last for 3,000 feet. Once at the ski boundary you can take the East or West Catchline traverse back to the lifts. The West Catchline is probably the best option, since it’s namely downhill and provides quicker access back to the Summit Express.

If it’s windy or storming and a trek to the summit just isn’t in the cards, don’t worry. In fact rejoice because you have over 1,200 protected acres in the Westwide. This area is accessed by Outback and Northwest Express and is the go-to on a powder day.

Mt. Bachelor, in partnership with Backcountry Access (BCA), hosts a FREE Beacon Training Park near the base of the Red Chair adjacent to the West Village parking lot. Mt. Bachelor welcomes everyone to come practice beacon skills in a safe, educational and fun environment. If you dont have a Beacon, you can purchase or demo a beacon at Bachelor Ski & Sport... which is conveniently located next to the Beacon Park at West Village.

The Backcountry Access Beacon Park is a training system created to make it easier for recreationists and pros to practice with their transceivers. It features 4-10 permanently buried transmitters wired to a central control panel. To change the scenario, just flick the on/off switches on the control panel. Instead of digging holes and reburying beacons all day, you spend your valuable time actually practicing with your transceiver.

To learn more about Mt. Bachelor expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Family Ski Vacation

Between its varied terrain, the breathtaking high alpine mountain resort, close proximity to the town of Bend, Ore., kid-friendly snowsports school and lift ticket deals, a Mt. Bachelor family ski vacation will please everyone from first-timers to seasoned families. The Sunshine parking lot also allows for parking within 300 yards to the resort, making it easier to schlep the whole family’s equipment.

Mt. Bachelor family lodging is mainly found in Bend, Ore., which is a mere 20 minute drive from the resort. Everyone will love the spectacular drive through Deschutes National Forest to and from Mt. Bachelor and Bend. Having all the restaurant, activity and lodging options in Bend at their fingertips is also a major plus for those on a Mt. Bachelor family ski vacation.

Mt. Bachelor Family Lodging

Ideal for families craving a simple Mt. Bachelor ski vacation, Sunriver Resort is an award-winning, self-contained lodging option located 15 miles south of Bend and just 20 minutes from Mt. Bachelor. Sunriver Resort’s 3,300 acres of property provides the perfect setting for the active family looking to explore the Deschutes River area by snowshoe or on cross-country ski.  The resort offers a diverse selection of units, an outstanding health club and spa, kid-approved indoor and outdoor pools and four unique dining options. It’s no wonder Conde Nast Traveler magazine repeatedly rated Sunriver Resort among the “Top 50 Ski Resort Hotel in North America.”

Mt. Bachelor Family Restaurants

The beauty of a Mt. Bachelor family ski trip is that Bend restaurants are varied and quite affordable. Families can pick from steakhouses, contemporary American, classic American, Thai, Latin or restaurants serving up an eclectic mix of seasonal, local produce and meats.
Greg’s Grill, on Powerhouse Drive, is a great option for families who prefer a wide variety of American-based cuisine. Parents will love the fresh pasta dishes, salads and high quality steak cuts. Kids will love the tasty and creative children’s-specific menu, like the peanut butter bacon burger. Pine Tavern, on Brooks Street, will also please the whole family, from their kid-size mini cheeseburger to unique salads, like grapefruit brulee, and American comfort classics, including homemade scones, meatloaf and chicken pot pie.

To learn more about Mt. Bachelor family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Intermediate Skiing

Intermediates have their run of Mt. Bachelor, including access to the 9,000-plus-foot summit, which yields unforgettable views and frame-worthy photos. With 25 percent of the terrain designated as “blue” the Mt. Bachelor intermediate skiing will not disappoint those looking for fun cruisers.

Mt. Bachelor Intermediate Terrain

If you’re on a mission to get to Mt. Bachelors pristine, baron summit, then you’ll probably want to start from the Sunrise Lodge base area. Hop on the Sunrise Express to the Summit Express chairlift and within about 15 minutes TK you’re whisked more than 9,000 feet. Have your camera ready and snap a couple photos. From the summit you have your pick of blue terrain down the East side of the mountain. Runs like Healy Heights or Wanoga Way offer intermediate skiers picture perfect groomers on natural, playful halfpipe-esque terrain that makes for unique and unforgettable skiing. 

Head to the West side of the resort via Avalanche, then hop on Skyline Express chairlift, which gives a perfect view of Bachelor Terrain Parks area, which is littered with progressive small, medium and large lines, and allows you to scope out a potential zone. Eventually make your way to Pine Marten Express chairlift and then head into intermediate to advanced skiers paradise—a slew of blue runs—accessed by Outback Express chairlift.

To learn more about Mt. Bachelor intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Lodging

With two towns to choose from, Bend or Sunriver both just 20 minutes from the resort, and their combined variety of accommodations, you’re sure to find your ideal Mt. Bachelor lodging options

Mt. Bachelor Hotels

As aforementioned your lodging options exist in Bend and Sunriver. Ski vacationers have an abundance of options because there isn’t one concentration of development.  Plus, as year-round outdoor destination, Mt. Bachelor, Bend and Sunriver see a wide-variety of preferences and budgetary needs. To make choosing your Mt. Bachelor lodging option easier, we, at Ski.com, have compiled a list of don’t-miss accommodation in the budget, family and luxury categories. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

As the closest and most affordable accommodations to Mt. Bachelor, Seventh Mountain Resort is a top-of-mind property for the budget-conscious. Despite its reasonable rates, Seventh Mountain Resort offers guests top-notch services and amenities, including an outdoor pool and hot tub, steam room/sauna, concierge desk, ski storage and ski shuttle service.
Parents looking to simplify their next family ski vacation should consider a stay at Sunriver Resort. This an award-winning resort boasts 3,300 acres of property, which makes it an ideal setting for the active family looking to snowshoe or go Nordic skiing.  The resort offers a diverse selection of units, an outstanding health club and spa, kid-friendly indoor and outdoor pools and four unique restaurant experiences. 
Providing an eco-friendly design convenient downtown location, the Oxford Hotel is only boutique hotel in Bend. This posh Oregon hotel offers refined, eco-conscious and exquisitely designed accommodations. Amenities include a relaxing indoor hot tub for weary skiers and snowboarders, as well as fitness facilities for those who just can get enough action. A rental car is recommended when staying at this deluxe Bend hotel, since the slopes are about 20 minutes away.

To learn more about Mt. bachelor lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Luxury Ski Vacation

Mt. Bachelor may be a bit off the well-treaded path for someone who’s used to a Vail or Deer Valley ski vacation. You won’t find any ski in, ski out lodges at Mt. Bachelor. In fact, all the lodging options are 20 minutes away in Bend. But if luxury to you means pristine, unspoiled and exclusive—since the resort sees smaller crowds and typically short lift lines—then Mt. Bachelor is sure to please. The lack of development around the resort may seem a pain for those used to modern conveniences, but the surrounding untouched wilderness of Deschutes National Park makes up for it, and then some. The Bend dining scene will also please seasoned diners looking for quaint, locally sourced experiences.

Mt. Bachelor Luxury Lodging

Bend plays host to cultured, sophisticated crowd, and its lodging options echo that. While they may not provide a traditional, five-star experience, the accommodations are unique and upscale in their own way.  Below, you’ll find Ski.com’s top luxury pick. To learn more about this property, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialist.

Providing an eco-friendly design convenient downtown location, the Oxford Hotel features a friendly staff and amenities you won’t find anywhere else in town. As the only boutique hotel in Bend, this swish hotel offers its guests refined, eco-conscious and exquisitely designed accommodations. The hotel provides a relaxing indoor hot tub for weary skiers and snowboarders, as well as fitness facilities for those who just can get enough action. A rental car is recommended when staying at this deluxe Bend hotel, as the slopes are about 20 minutes away.

Mt. Bachelor Fine Dining

While the Mt. Bachelor fine dining scene may be a bit more rustic and casual then some urbanites are used to, one thing to keep in mind: the Bend and Mt. Bachelor area of Oregon is a hot bed for sustainable farming, so you can bet pretty much any dish, at any restaurant is of the freshest ingredients. Additionally, Mt. Bachelor doesn’t technically have any off-mountain restaurants, so you’ll want to head to Bend for all your gastronomy endeavors. 10 Below on Minnesota Avenue in Bend is a shining example of the Pacific Northwest’s commitment to the sustainable food movement. The restaurant created innovative plates implementing local ingredients and pairing with local vintages and Northwest-based beers. Don’t-miss the Oregon-raised beef or regional fish entrees. Vegetarians will also be pleased with 10 Below’s menu, with dishes like acorn squash and pears. The Jackalope Grill in Bend serves up a unique marriage of French-inspired and Northwest cuisine in a casual setting, sure to delight even the most blasé diner. If gourmet comfort food is a thing, then Pine Tavern in Bend is doing it beautifully. Guests can enjoy Southern favorites from fresh Dungeness crab cakes to cobbler to Prime Rib, and every entrée comes with their signature sourdough scones and honey butter. 

To learn more about Mt. Bachelor luxury ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Mt. Bachelor Nightlife

With a name like “Beer Town USA” a good nightlife scene is a shoe-in. Bend, Ore. has a population of 82,000, and has 11 breweries, so there’s certainly no shortage of craft brews to go around. The actual Mt. Bachelor nightlife doesn’t extend past après-ski, so Bend is where you want to be. You’ll also find Bend is home to an exceptional live music scene. And for the ultimate winter nightlife exploits, head out on a guided moonlit snowshoe tour or bonfire adventure, which include hot adult beverages.

Mt. Bachelor Bars

Of course a round or two at Deschutes Brewery is in order. Located on Simpson Avenue, you won’t want to miss sipping on one of their famed brews, Mirror Pond Pale Ale or Black Butte Porter are among the brewery’s most popular. Stop in at Bend Brewing Company, which has been around for almost as long as Deschutes, for a couple of their handcrafted drafts. Cascade Lakes Lodge is another top Bend bar and brewery, boasting a stacked tap, from IPA to brown ale, summer ale, pilsner, golden ale and some unique small batch brews.

If you’ve had your fill of beer, don’t worry there are plenty of Bend bars that serve up big-city martinis and mixology cocktails, specifically Velvet, on Wall Street, and Level 2 Bend Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, on Powerhouse Drive.

If you’re on the hunt for live music the Summit Saloon and Stage will appease those who like to cut up a rug or sip on cocktail and listen to acoustic guitar. Horned Hand on Colorado Avenue is the place to go. This locals music venues offers guests the opportunity to enjoy and mingle with Bend’s finest musicians and DJs.

Mt. Bachelor Après

When the day is done and you’ve clicked off your skis or unstrapped from your board, satisfied with all the Mt. Bachelor terrain you just conquered, you probably have a hankering for a cold beer. Head to Clearing Rock Bar aka “The Rock” in West Village Lodge for a Deschutes Brewery or Bend Brewing Company beer.

To learn more about Mt.Bachelor nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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