Mt. Bachelor runs one of the longest cross-country ski seasons in the West due to the elevation of the course. The Nordic center, which sits across the parking lot from the alpine ski slopes, amasses snow due to its 6,400-foot elevation.
The Nordic center at Bachelor stays open through mid-April, with 56 kilometers of trail track-set and groomed every night. Skate skiers can expect a buffed-out place to glide, while classic skiers will find fresh ski tracks with firm sidewalls.
Most of the trails are geared toward intermediate skiers. Beginners can head to four short loops while all other trails drop down a steeper hill or climb to more challenging trails. Oli's Alley, the longest trail, tours 12 kilometers. Some trails meander through the woods while others pass large volcanic mounds.
The trails, which are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, require a pass. Adult passes cost $14-17 while youth passes cost $9-10. Afternoon passes and multi-day passes are available, too.
The Nordic center offers private and group lessons for all ages and abilities in skate or classic skiing. Skis are available for rent and demos for testing.
Those with families split between the alpine slopes and cross-country trails can opt to meet for lunch together. The West Village Lodge sits right across the parking lot.
More information. Or call 800-829-2442 ext. 2909 or 541-693-0909.