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Mount Bachelor is Oregon’s premier ski resort and is reputed to be the sixth largest ski area in the USA. It’s certainly one of the most unique. The ski mountain offers 360 degrees of ski terrain from the summit of a dormant volcano.
Located in the Pacific Northwest on the US side of the Cascade Mountain Range, which stretches into Canada, the resort is blessed with snow and regularly receives over 450 inches of the white stuff every winter. As a result, it has one of the longest ski seasons in the US, with spring skiing staying open through to late May.
With over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain accessible on all sides of the mountain, Mt Bachelor is the largest ski area in the Cascades. The cone shaped mountain is the highest resort peak in the Pacific Northwest and the highest peak for miles around, so whichever side of the mountain you ski it’s impossible not to enjoy the breathtaking views.
Mount Bachelor is now part of the Ikon Pass, which allows you to explore some of the most exciting ski resorts in North America on the one season pass.
The mountain has plenty of skiing to explore. The lower slopes are ideal for beginners, the mid mountain is tree lined and offers intermediates plenty of options to explore, especially on the eastern flank of the frontside side of the mountain in Ed’s Garden and Downunder. The upper mountain is above the tree line and offers advanced skiers plenty of powder filled bowls and naturally formed chutes.
15% of the ski area is ideal for beginners and the lower slopes provide a quiet zone for those finding their ski legs for the first time. Once you’ve mastered the basics head for the Skyliner or Marshmallow trails which are long easy trails designed for beginners to build their confidence on.
Strong intermediates and advanced skiers will make the most of the skiing at Mount Bachelor, with most of the ski area ideal for strong skiers to enjoy. As the resort is located in the Pacific Northwest you can expect plenty of powder days. When it snows there are six high speed chairs that finish at the top of the tree line, so you’ll be unlikely to lose any ski time on a storm day. Our insider’s tip for a powder day is to head for the Boomerang trail, which provides a perfect pitch and is sheltered by the Outback forests.
There’s no proper ski base village at Mount Bachelor, although you’ll find everything you’ll need on the mountain – including 2 day lodges, seven restaurants and three bars. However, there is no slope-side accommodation here and skiers stay in the town of Bend and travel the 20 miles to the slopes by car or free shuttle bus each morning.
The quaint town of Bend has plenty of culture and nightlife to explore off the slopes. Known as ‘Beer Town USA’, Bend boasts 18 craft beer breweries, four wineries and three cideries. It also has a vibrant restaurant scene and was recently recognised as one of the best mountain towns in the USA for its range of cuisine and dining options.
When you ski Mount Bachelor you’ll feel like you’ve discovered one of the best kept secrets in North American skiing. A unique ski mountain with skiing in all directions from the summit of a dormant volcano, an efficient lift system providing fast access to uncrowded slopes and a funky mountain town that’s big on adventure options and sophistication. Mount Bachelor is a great destination for powder chasers, and with one of the longest ski seasons in the US, an ideal choice for a late season getaway to the slopes.