Mt Bachelor Stats:
Summit Elevation: 9,065'
4,318 acres lift-accessed skiing with 1,600 acres groomed daily
88 runs, 11 lifts including 7 high speed quads
Up to 400 inches of snow annually, ski season from November to May
Founded in 1958
Travel to Mt Bachelor: Fly into Portland, 3 hours drive, or Redmond Airport - 20
miles to Mt Bachelor
Lodging in Bend or Sunriver, both are 20 miles away
Mt Bachelor in Oregon is bold, beautiful, and typically blessed with snow. This
dormant volcano in The Cascades offers incredible summit snowfields and scenery. Bachelor
is the Pacific Northwest’s largest ski area with 3,700 acres of terrain, and the
highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington at 9,065'. In fact,
Bachelor is like a big skiers' ice cream cone with skiing off all 360-degrees off
the peak, almost 2,000' vertical is above tree line. Off Bachelor's backside,
you will find bowl after bowl of steep, super scenic natural terrain that
continues all the way to a mid-mountain catch line - bringing you back to the
front side on a cat track. Off the summit North Face are even steeper chutes
with splendid rime formations, confirming the wild winter weather and snow Bachelor
receives. While the conical summit serves up some unbelievable, un-groomed terrain (some with a short hike), there are a few blue
groomers off the front summit flank like Beverly Hills and Healy Heights.
And there is so much more to Bachelor - with five unique ski sections all served
by swift high-speed lifts, 7 detachable quads. The sunny North East side has the
new Cloudchaser six pack, the Sunrise
Accelerator and Skyliner
high speed quads serving blue and green groomed runs perfect for families, with
a few fun terrain parks. Pine Marten in the center is home to classic ski runs
like Thunderbird, Coffee and Old Skyliner. Outback and Northwest feature
undulating blue and black runs, up to 2,300' vertical long, like Sparks Lake and
Devils Backbone. Between these playful ski trails are great glades - unmarked
often with untracked snow.
Mt. Bachelor typically gets up to 400 inches of snowfall thanks to its location
on the eastern flanks of Oregon's Central Cascades, so skiing extends from
November to May often. Weather can be an issue in the Cascades, so when the
summit is a go - you should go, the Summit Express is closed as much as
50% for wind and low
Mt Bachelor is located in the Deschutes National Forest, the scenery of other
volcanic peaks is fantastic - The Sisters and Broken Top, Mt Jefferson and Mt
Hood in the far distance. Because it is protected land, you won't find any on
mountain lodging, good and bad news - this definitely lends a beautiful
uncluttered landscape to the two base areas West Village and Sunrise, but you do
have to drive about 25 minutes to lodging. Mid-mountain, you will find the Pine Martin Lodge which is a panoramic spot
for lunch, we recommend the table service at Le Cirque upstairs.
Bachelor is big, and beautiful, on a sunny or snowy day - we scored with both.
Parent company Powdr Corp who also owns Copper, Boreal, Las Vegas,
Killington and Pico, has even bigger plans for Bachelor. An approved 10 year
Master Plan includes the new 6 pack Sunrise Accelerator, a new Eastside quad
lift opening new terrain below Cow's Face and past the current boundaries, and replacing the slow Rainbow triple.
Plans also call for a Zip Line and a larger Sunrise Lodge, these improvements start in 2015.
For lodging during your Bachelor ski trip, the very cool town of Bend is 22-miles
down an easy access road. This amiable western town is renowned for its plethora
of breweries. Bend is also brimming with bike paths, dog lovers, organic
boutiques and just plain happy people. The best place to stay in Bend is the
beautiful Oxford Hotel in the heart of town, this eco chic upscale hotel is a
stroll away from fun shopping, organic coffee shops like Thump, and Bend's
best restaurants and brewpubs. Or you can stay at
Sunriver Resort - a planned
residential and resort community 20 minutes from Bachelor where house rentals
For off slope activities at Mt Bachelor, we highly recommend
the Deschutes National Forest some afternoon after skiing. Central Oregon
Adventures offers guided snowmobile tours or rentals, this is a great way to
explore the beauty of the ponderosa pine forests, snowfields and wonderful
scenery of the conical volcanic Cascade peaks as you cruise on your speedy sled.