Want to take that family winter vacation but have some family members who refuse to ski? Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor Resort may have a reputation as a skier’s mountain, but the resort offers fun outdoor activities for non-skiers, too.
Tubing offers an alternative sliding sport with the thrill of speed. Three tubing sessions per day get riders flying down the 800-foot-long slope on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; a lift pulls riders back up the hill. Two-hour tickets cost $11-17 per person, depending on age and day.
For a different type of speed, you can cuddle up in a sled to be pulled at canine velocity. Professional Iditarod mushers lead hour-long dogsled tours four times daily. Trips depart from the Sunrise Lodge at Mt. Bachelor to tour forested trails with views of surrounding volcanoes. Dogsled tours cost $40 for children and $75-85 for adults. Reservations can be made by calling 800-829-2442.
Get a taste of dogsledding at Mt. Bachelor via this YouTube clip:
For those who prefer to travel at a slower pace on snow, two options are offered. The U.S. Forest Service leads free snowshoe tours on weekends and holidays. Tours depart from the Bachelor’s West Village twice a day, and snowshoes are provided. The snowshoe hotline has tour information at 541-383-4055.
Kids play in the snow on a snowshoe tour at Mt. Bachelor. Photo by Rachel Wente-Chaney/Flickr.
Wanderlust Snowshoe Tours guide walks through the forests surrounding Mt. Bachelor. Half-day tours go out twice daily and cost $50-55 per person with snowshoes included. A special Saturday Shoes, Brews, and Views trip blends snowshoeing with local beer tasting for $65 per person, and Moonlight Tours are offered for $75 per person on select dates. Call 800-962-2862 for more information.
Find out more information on these outdoor activities here: tubing, snowshoeing, Wanderlust tours, dogsledding.