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Cascade Perfection – All Around Mt. Bachelor

From the day it opened 55 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.

Mt Bachelor in Central Oregon

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. 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 and 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.

Almanac – Mt. Bachelor

  • 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: 452″
  • Average Snow Base: 150-200″
  • 2014-2015 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, Eagle Crest, 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 Visitors Association
Central Oregon Visitors Association
The Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) is the "Official" Tourism Information Resource for Central Oregon, including the communities of Bend, Sunriver, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Crooked River Ranch, Terrebonne, Culver and Black Butte Ranch. Most of the stories posted online can be found in the Official Central Oregon Visitors Guide.