Looming into the skies in central Oregon, Mt. Bachelor sits on the east side of the Cascade divide – the dry side – but captures tons of Pacific moisture while still boasting up to 300 days of sun a year. Eight high-speed quads and three triple fixed-grips keep lines short, and get skiers and ‘boarders into the trees, gullies, bowls and alpine meadows of this extinct volcano. Weather often closes Summit chair that accesses the most expert terrain. Season typically runs from Thanksgiving into May, and trendy Bend is just a short drive away.
Eat. There’s mountain fare at the main base area, the Nordic center and Sunrise base lodge. On the mountain, eating can be had at the top of Pine Marten Express. Both Bend and Sunriver serve up a variety of cuisine.
Stay. No lodging at mountain, save for overnight RV parking available at West Village, along with dog park. Multiple options in Sunriver and Bend, about 25 minutes drive, with some stay-ski packages.
Terrain. The 9,000-foot volcano has trails and slopes run 360 degrees around the mountain, with tree line around 7,500 feet. Parking and base areas sit on the northeast side, where beginner and intermediate trails predominate. Over on the backside, it’s expert bowl skiing-riding and “sluices,” little canyons like natural half-pipes. A half-dozen terrain parks and ample freestyle areas roll down the frontside.
Play. Snowshoe tours with naturalist go on weekends from late December through mid-March. Tubing park’s 800-foot ride cost $20-$25 for a 2-hour session or $35-$45 for a day pass. There are also Nordic ski trails, dog sledding and helicopter tours.
Travel. Shuttle runs from Bend (SW Columbia at Galveston) to resort base. Shuttle pass costs $199 for season, or 10-ride punch for $40.
Deals. Daily tickets often discounted for local charity contributions. Pass options include midweek, 12-day and four-day, and Pure30 for 30 consecutive days. Mt. Bachelor is in the M.A.X. Pass program – five days at Bachelor and 44 others around North America. Season pass holders can buy a M.A.X. add-on.