Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort

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Overview

Central Oregon has a dry climate, plentiful sunshine and excellent weather conditions for sunny days on the mountain. Mt. Bachelor is the largest resort in the area – outstripping every other resort by 1,000 acres. It usually opens in November around Thanksgiving and runs through May, making it one of the longest ski seasons in the country. With already a fair amount of snow, the runs are bolstered by snowmaking.

Central Oregon, the town of Bend and Mt. Bachelor ski area are excellent options for summer recreation and bike riding in particular. Bachelor’s mountain bike park is a popular option for village visitors after the ski area’s winter closing date. Mt. Bachelor lodging options are based out of Bend and Sunriver, and many of the properties offer transportation via the Mt. Bachelor Shuttle. 

Where Is Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort Located?

Mt. Bachelor is situated within the Deschutes National Forest in the scenic Cascade Range of central Oregon. Only 22 miles outside of Bend, Oregon, along the Century Divide Highway, Mt. Bachelor ski area offers a modern lift infrastructure and updated amenities within 40 miles of nearby Redmond Municipal Airport. Mt. Bachelor is approximately 115 miles south of Portland.

There is no lodging on the mountain, but 17 properties with 3,000 beds are available through the Central Oregon Visitors Association. Lift and lodging packages available along with plenty of motels in Bend.

Restaurants

Breakfast Places

  • It wouldn’t be breakfast without pancakes. So, grab a stack at The Original Pancake House. The place also serves up traditional American breakfast classics as well. 1025 SW Donovan Ave, Bend, OR 97702
  • If you’re looking for some “superfoods” to start your day, head to Fix & Repeat. Pick up a smoothie, or try a bowl packed with energy-lifting goodness. 555 NW Arizona Ave, Suite 50, Bend, OR 97703

Our Favorite Lunch Spots

  • Ever tried a BLT burrito or a BBQ wrap? Well, you should. Parilla Grill is a great stop if you’re needing a break from the slopes. 35 NW 14th Street, Bend, OR 97701
  • If you’re in the market for brunch with some amazing Bloody Marys, check out the Victorian Cafe. Try one of their many kinds of eggs Benedict. 1404 NW Galveston Avenue, Bend, OR 97701

Dinner

  • While on the pricier side, Ariana Restaurant specializes in house-made cocktails and New American cuisine. 1304 NW Galveston Ave, Bend, OR 97703
  • For some late-night comfort food, head to Bruneau’s South Philly Cuisine food truck. From Philly cheese steaks to gyros to hot sausage, you’ll find what you need to satisfy a growling stomach. 103 NW Oregon Avenue, Bend, OR 97701

Apres/Nightlife

  • If you’ve been drinking for a while and need some food – or another cocktail, head to Washington Dining & Cocktails. The place is known for its late-night food menu. 900 Northwest Mount Washington Drive, Bend, OR 97701
  • Need a cold one after a long day on the slopes, then you must check out Brother Jon’s Public House and its wide selection of beer. 1227 NW Galveston Avenue, Bend, OR 97701

Terrain

Terrain

Mt. Bachelor’s top elevation is 9,065 feet, providing 360-degree views from its summit and a vertical drop of 3,365 feet. An average annual snow base of 150 to 200 inches and an average annual snowfall of 462 inches fall on the 4,318 skiable acres and 101 runs, breaking out as follows: 15% green, 35% intermediate, 30% black diamond/advance and 20% double-black diamond/expert. The base elevation is 5,700 feet. All these are serviced by 11 chairlifts.

Mt. Bachelor has terrain suitable for all ability types, ranging from long-groomed cruisers to expert chutes and steeps. The ski area is one of the largest resorts in the Northwest and offers abundant terrain options. The resort is becoming famous for its freestyle terrain and has made significant improvements to the five terrain parks. 

Inside Scoop

Mount Bachelor is technically a strato-volcano atop a shield volcano situated along the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The volcano last erupted approximately 10,000 years ago. Mount Bachelor gets its name for being isolated from the Three Sisters, a group of three volcanic mountains that are northwest of Mount Bachelor. 

If wind is predicted, try to get up on the mountain early. Mount Bachelor is known to be very windy, and the resort will shut down the chairlift during extremely high winds.

Mount Bachelor is a destination for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Boarders should try out the 400-foot super pipe, which has been used as a USSA Olympic Qualifier. Beginners should head to Sunshine Park to build up their skills.

The mountain also has a lot to offer for Nordic skiers since it has the longest groomed Nordic season in North America. During the summer, mountain bikers can enjoy the downhill bike park.

Plan Your Trip

Mt. Bachelor Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

126"
79"
53"
27"
0"
20"
Nov
105"
Dec
79"
Jan
87"
Feb
62"
Mar
39"
Apr
10"
May
0"
Jun

Terrain Overview

19%
Beginners Runs
55%
Intermediate Runs
22%
Advanced Runs
3%
Expert Runs
119
Runs in Total
4 mi
Longest Run
4323 ac
Skiable Terrain
20 ac
Snow Making
2.5 mi
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 15

8
High Speed Quads
1
Quad Chairs
3
Triple Chairs
3
Surface Lifts

Elevation

9065'
Summit
3365'
Vertical Drop
5700'
Base

Important Dates

December 12, 20222022/12/12
Projected Opening
May 28, 20232023/05/28
Projected Closing
177
Projected Days Open
185
Days Open Last Year
64
Years Open
462"
Average Snowfall
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