Snow Sledding in Sunriver, Oregon
The town of Sunriver sits on the edge of Deschutes National Forest, surrounded by tall Ponderosa pines and, as the name suggests, plenty of sunshine and the meandering Deschutes River. However, Sunriver isn’t just a great spot to spend sunny days on the water. The town gets an annual 50 inches of snow, about 20 inches more than the nearby city of Bend receives, on average. Central Oregon weather can vary heavily within relatively small areas, and Sunriver is a huge benefactor of this. As a result, snow in Sunriver falls fast and hard, and leads to the perfect opportunities to break out winter sleds. Whether it’s an old school tobogan or something a bit more modern, be sure to visit Sunriver and the surrounding area for plenty of sledding options.
Sledding Hills in Sunriver
Looking for a great Sunriver tubing hill? The best sledding in Sunriver, Oregon happens at the Winter Tubing Hill at the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic and Recreation Center, or SHARC. Thanks to an artificial surface called Nevaplast, this hill can remain open to sledders and tubers outside of the usual snow season. Located near The Village shopping center, the SHARC is conveniently located for all residents and visitors of Sunriver in a central and easy to find location. Outside of this hill, most of the sledding in Sunriver is DIY, where homeowners and guests renting properties slide on hills in their own backyards.
Sledding at Sno-Parks near Sunriver
If you are willing to drive a bit (we promise it’ll be scenic), the Wanoga Sno-Park is a great option for sledding. While the hike to the top of this hill is a steep one, the action on the way down is that much more fun. It isn’t uncommon to see kids building snowy ramps and jumps to hit. Just a recommendation: be careful! This steep hill can rack up high speeds when compared to other sledding hills in the area. However, those with a need for speed will feel right at home. From Sunriver, the drive to Wanoga Sno-Park is 20-30 minutes depending on road conditions.
Snow Tubing at Mt. Bachelor
Discover Mt. Bachelor’s Snowblast Tubing Park, Central Oregon’s largest snow tubing experience*. With six lanes of action that are each up to 800 feet long, no other hill in Central Oregon can truly compare. Due to its popularity, reservations are required. Reservations are offered in two-hour increments, three times throughout the day. Alternatively, guests can opt in to an all day pass and enjoy unlimited fun.
The Mt. Bachelor Snowblast Tubing Park sets itself apart due to their convenient tow system. Instead of trudging uphill, guests gain the convenience of the sit and tow—sit comfortably while the system tows them to the top. Located in Mt. Bachelor’s West Village base area, the park is between the Mountain Gateway building and Red Chair next to the parking lot. From Sunriver, the drive is only about 25 minutes, give or take depending on road conditions.
*Mt. Bachelor’s Snowblast Tubing Park is closed for the 2021-22 season. Look for the latest updates at mtbachelor.com.
From luxurious tow-ropes to backyard hills, we’ve got your sledding needs covered with these sledding options and with other winter activities in Central Oregon, you wouldn’t find yourself short on options for winter fun.
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