Central Oregon Skiing – Day into Night at Mt. Bachelor & Hoodoo
To us, Mt. Bachelor is our backyard ski hill – just up the road from Bend and Sunriver. Our home mountain where frills are replaced with thrills and you’d be hard pressed to not run into someone you know on the chair ride up.
To National Geographic Traveler Magazine, it’s one of the Top 25 Ski Resorts in the World. To SKI Magazine, it’s one of the Top Ranked Western Ski Resorts. And to TripFind.com, it’s among the Top 10 Bowl Skiing Resorts in North America. Mt. Bachelor, as it turns out, is kind of a big deal.
Hoodoo Ski Area, near Sisters, is kind of a big deal too – in that it’s continually a local’s favorite ski hill known for being “Steep, Deep and Cheap” and running lifts into the night.
Both options take your Central Oregon winter ski vacation to new heights.
From the day it opened nearly 60 years ago, Mt. Bachelor gained a well-deserved reputation for its deep powder, its long season and the incredible vistas north over the Three Sisters Wilderness, west over the High Cascade Lakes region, south towards Crater Lake and east over the high desert country. Mt. Bachelor quickly became known as a cruiser’s delight – a mountain where almost every acre of terrain could be skied by just about anyone.
Over the intervening years, Mt. Bachelor added to its luster by becoming one of America’s first ski areas to welcome snowboarders, embrace telemark skiing, and install high-speed lifts. The resort was also in the forefront of the cross-country ski boom, adding a groomed trail system in the late 1970s.
Today Mt. Bachelor is the model of a complete snowsports resort. It offers 360-degree lift-served groomed skiing and riding from its volcanic summit of 9,065 feet. Off the groomed, there is plenty of untouched gladed tree skiing over Bachelor’s 3,683 acres.
A friendly team of Mountain Ambassadors are available to make you feel welcome and safe on the mountain.
If you seek big air and tricks, there are terrain parks for your playground. Good to know that at Mt. Bachelor, kids up to age 12 ski for free (and ride the terrain park) if one of the parents buys a multiday ticket. Kids younger than five ski for free all season.
Close to the West Village Lodge is the lift-served Snowblast Tubing Park where kids of all ages can slide down a groomed runway to their hearts’ content and then get pulled back up.
There are two base lodges that offer rentals and lessons, as well as first-rate food and beverage service. Up on the hill, Pine Marten Lodge offers a memorable ski-in-ski-out respite during a day on the slopes.
Directly across the main parking lot from the tubing park, terrain park and lifts is the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center with 56 kilometers of trails groomed for both skate skiing and classic skiing. From its classic log cabin structure, the Nordic Center offers lessons, rentals and a wood-burning stove to cozy up to for a snack and a hot chocolate.
Elevation: Summit–9,065 feet, Base–6,300 feet
Vertical Drop: 3,365 feet
Maximum Run Length: 3.9 miles
Acres of Skiing: 3,683; 1,600 acres groomed daily
Number of Runs: 88
Average Snowfall: 462″
Average Snow Base: 150-200″
2015-2016 Rates: www.mtbachelor.com
Alpine Terrain Rating: 15% Novice, 25% Intermediate, 35% Advanced, 25% Expert
Chairlifts: 10 chairs, including 7 high-speed quads.
Day Lodges: Six, including the mid-mountain Pine Marten Lodge and the Nordic Center. High-speed internet in Sunrise and West Village base lodges.
Nordic Skiing: More than a dozen trails with 56 km of machine-groomed tracks.
Nordic Terrain Rating: 5% Beginner, 69% Intermediate and 26% Expert.
Ski Shuttles: Catch the Mt. Bachelor Shuttle to the mountain from its Park & Ride lot in Bend. Ski shuttle service is also available from Sunriver, Seventh Mountain Resort, Oxford Hotel, and Pronghorn.
Kids Ski/Ride Free: “Kids Ski/ Ride FREE” offer is for anyone in the family 12 or younger to get free lift tickets with a parent purchase of an adult multiday ticket.
Day-care Center: Mt. Bachelor offers a state-licensed day-care center that provides care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
Ski Report: (541) 382-7888 or (800) 829-2442
Trail Map: Available at the Central Oregon Visitors Association or at the mountain.
Information/Reservations: (800) 829-2442 or mtbachelor.com
Central Oregon’s only night skiing destination, the Hoodoo Ski Area just west of Sisters lets you ski under the stars (and the lights) on Fridays and Saturdays. And every day, Hoodoo offers uncrowded, affordable, family-friendly charm along with three high-speed quad lifts, 32 runs and 806 skiable and rideable acres. With nearly all the runs ending at the main ski bowl near the lodge, it’s easy for families and friends to stay together, and the Mountain Cubs area is for ages 4 to 6.
Beginners will love Hoodoo’s new “1-2-3 and Rent For Free” program that gives first-timers: three two-hour lessons, three lift tickets and three equipment rentals, followed by free equipment rentals for the rest of the year, all for $149. And everyone can appreciate the easy in-and-out terrain from Hoodoo’s spacious, 60,000-square-foot lodge, close to the chair lifts.
Even non-skiers can tap into gravity-fueled excitement with downhill snowbikes, essentially bikes on skis, and at the Autobahn Tubing Park. One of the largest cable tows in the country takes riders to the top of the hill for more than 800 feet of inner-tubing downhill fun.
Another way to enjoy this terrain is on the 19 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails.
Hoodoo also offers the most ski-in, ski-out RV hookups in Oregon. With 32 RV spaces just a few steps from the lodge, it’s easy to order a Hoodoo Voodoo IPA and tailgate right from your RV or trailer. Bring plenty of firewood and a fire pit to cozy up around the flame at night to watch the snow fall. Or, stay at cozy accommodations or spacious cabins in the woods at nearby at Suttle Lake, Camp Sherman or Black Butte Ranch. Hot tip: Black Butte Ranch offers packages starting at $185 including two Hoodoo lift tickets or four tubing passes, two free movie tickets and a $25 food voucher.
Elevation: Summit–5,703 feet, Base–4,668 feet
Vertical Drop: 1,035 feet
Maximum Run Length: 3 miles
Number of Runs: 32
Average Annual Snowfall: 450″
Average Annual Snow Base: 120-180″
2014-2015 Rates: www.hoodoo.com
NIGHT SKIING: Fri.-Sat. beginning Dec. 20 (3:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Alpine Terrain Rating: 30% Novice, 30% Intermediate, 40% Advanced
Chairlifts: 5 chairs, including three quads.
Day Lodge: Hoodoo has one centrally located lodge with rentals, a ski shop, a restaurant and a bar. The Autobahn Tubing hill has its own warming hut with food service.
Nordic Skiing: The Hoodoo Nordic trails are groomed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On non-holiday Tuesdays and Thursdays, Hoodoo doesn’t groom and skiing is free. The trails are generally closed on Wednesdays.
Ski Shuttles: From Eugene, contact Berg’s Ski Shop for schedule (800) 800-1953.
Deals: Thrifty Thursdays feature $19 lift tickets; and 2-for-1 lift tickets on Thursday and night skiing Friday and Saturday with stamped voucher of 10-galllon fill-up from participating Shell gas stations.
Night Skiing: Fri. – Sat. from Dec. 20; 3:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Day-care Center: Hoodoo Day Care will hold five children ages 18 months to 4 years. $65 for a full day or $16/hour with 2-hour minimum. Lunch is $6 extra. Please call to reserve: (541) 822-3799 ext. 6952
Information: For questions about lessons and programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (541) 822-3799, ext. 6510.
Ski Report: (541) 822-3337 www.hoodoo.com/status
Trail Map: Available at the Central Oregon Visitors Association or at the mountain. Visit hoodoo.com.