When I think about Bend and Mount Bachelor, the area’s friendly vibe is the first thing that comes to mind. You know, the stoke of the local tribe and the smiles in the parking lot as people gear up at their cars, rocking tunes and letting their dogs play. Bend and Mount Bachelor offers an old-school kind of ski resort experience, where the atmosphere is defined by the camaraderie of the skiers and the hope that Summit Chair might just pop today.
A thirty minute drive from downtown Bend, Mount Bachelor Ski Resort sits in the middle of the glorious 1.8 million acres of Deschutes National Forest, at a vantage point with magnificent views of the Three Sisters Wilderness and Broken Top Mountain. On clear days, you can spy peaks with revered names like Jefferson, Hood, Washington, and to the south: Diamond, Bailey, and Thielsen. All these giants in the Central Oregon Cascades are wilderness areas and backcountry ski destinations. The terrain here could fill a lifetime of ski tales for the strong and willing adventurer.
One of the coolest features of Mount Bachelor are the absence of condos and hotels on the hill. It’s one of the few ski resorts left that solely exists for the skiing. The aprés scene exists mostly in the parking lot, and back in Bend. Head down the mountain for a burgeoning bar scene replete with more breweries than you can count (there are 16 on the famous Ale Trail), great restaurants on every block, and plenty of lodging to bed down, dry out gear, and power up. (Wall Street Suites is locally owned and dog friendly). Speaking from experience, don’t stay at Deschutes Brewery too long if the forecast says snow. And take it easy on those Crux and Boneyard beers. Also, drink some water in between those heady IPAs. If you do wake up hungover, go to Chow and order the eggs benny. Read more here.—Troy Walch