It’s no wonder that Mount Bachelor draws so many guests each year! Read on below to learn more about one of the most renowned skiing areas and iconic attractions in Central Oregon!
Why Mount Bachelor, Bend Oregon, should be on Your Itinerary
Mount Bachelor is a volcanic mountain in the Deschutes National Forest, formed from a stratovolcano that erupted 8,000-10,000 years ago. An eruption from nearby Mount Mazama around 7,000 years ago covered the mountain in ash, which remains to this day.
The mountain has the name Mount Bachelor because of the way it stands apart from the Three Sisters mountains. These iconic mountains are all grouped closely together, making this one the Bachelor! It previously donned the names of Brother Jonathan, Mount Brother, and Bachelor Butte.
Year-round, Mount Bachelor Bend Oregon provides endless sources of outdoor recreation and natural sightseeing. During the summer months, the mountain is home to incredible mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf, and hiking. You can easily rent a mountain bike from one of Bend’s many local bike rental shops, then hit the thirteen miles of trails at the Mount Bachelor Bike Park.
In the winter, Mt Bachelor Bend OR is the most popular skiing locale in the Pacific Northwest, due to having one of the longest ski seasons in the region (from November to May) and receiving an average snowfall of thirty-eight and a half feet. With over one hundred runs spanning as long as four miles, a vertical drop of over three thousand feet, and upwards of four thousand skiable acres, Mount Bachelor Bend Oregon is among the best ski resorts in the country. Its terrain is primarily split between intermediate, advanced, and expert terrain, though there is a substantial amount of easier terrain for first-time skiers. Mount Bachelor also has eleven ski lifts for visitors’ convenience, as well as two tubing tows and one magic carpet—a lift-serviced snow tubing hill.
Besides downhill skiing, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, Nordic or cross-country skiing. They can also enjoy sledding, snowtubing, and snowmobiling through Mount Bachelor’s gorgeous snowy terrain.