Holding back on those Christmas reservations for skiing and riding until you see where the snow is? Check out [R265R, Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort]. More terrain is opening daily, and its five parks have already sprouted more than 30 features. Even more, you can stay at Sunriver Resort to combine in holiday events.

Of course, Santa makes an appearance at Mt. Bachelor. You can catch up with the man in red in the days around Christmas.

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Catch up with Santa at Mt. Bachelor during the holidays. Photo courtesy of Mt. Bachelor Resort.

Sunriver Resort offers ski and stay packages for two, three, or four nights. Choose between guestrooms in two lodges, and packages come with multi-day lift tickets that allow one day off for filling in with other activities, such as Sunriver’s holiday traditions program.

The resort celebrates the winter holiday season with more than 150 traditional events calendared between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day: sleigh rides, elf tuck-ins, lighted trees, Santa’s workshop, and breakfast with Santa up the holiday spirit. Christmas features a special brunch and dinner while New Year’s events appeal to all ages with Family Night, a teen dance, and champagne toast feasts.

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Sunriver Resort features holiday traditions with more than 150 events. Photo by Lacey Kasten/Flickr.

At 20 minutes from Mt. Bachelor, skiers and riders can hop to one of the ski area’s base lodges to begin a day on the slopes. Shuttles run from Sunriver to Mt. Bachelor on weekends and holidays.

Leading into the holidays, Mt. Bachelor hosts the annual Dirksen Derby. The event launches with a kick-off party Dec. 16 followed by two days of racing Dec. 17-18 on a unique course. The fundraiser for Tyler Eklund who was paralyzed while snowboarding features a sit ski division as well as the snowboard and splitboard divisions.

Get a taste of the one-of-a-kind course in this POV video, courtesy of Mt. Bachelor and YouTube:

For more information about Sunriver Resort, look here for ski and stay packages and here for Traditions events. For more information about the Dirksen Derby, check here.