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As we enter the coldest days of winter, instead of hibernating in their homes and waiting for warmer temperatures, many of our Bend Vacation Rentals guests are realizing their biggest dreams: a winter vacation spent outside schussing down the slopes on two skinny sticks or one fat board! Winter fans are a different breed of people, bringing energy to our town and a feeling of kinship with the residents who also share their love of frigid temps,and if you are one who doesn’t feel alive unless you’re speeding down a mountaintop, this guide to skiing and snowboarding in Bend will make sure you don’t miss out on a single minute of snowy fun!

Mt. Bachelor is the Place for Skiing and Snowboarding in Bend

Located just 22 miles outside of Bend, Mt. Bachelor is famous for more than a few things, the most interesting being its volcano beginnings! And although it has been dormant for thousands of years, back in its prime this mountain was a blast of hot lava—literally! Today it is the highest mountain in the state, making it a popular winter sports spot for visitors from all over the world. Challenging enough to keep experienced skiers from losing interest but not so difficult as to scare away the novice skiers or snowboarders, it’s one of our favorite places for skiing and snowboarding in Bend no matter what the season!

First Time Skiing or Snowboarding?

Lessons are offered for skiers of all ages and skill levels and include a choice between inexpensive group lessons and a little pricier private lessons, both of which ensure that your day on the slopes will be safe and exciting! Featuring a beginner’s lift that is free to all who use it and kids ski free packages, this family-friendly mountain promises to be the most exciting part of your Bend getaway! With a season that begins in November and generally lasts through May and snow that is soft and fluffy (as opposed to the icy sleet and slopes found in many Northern ski resorts), winter sportsmen won’t want to come in out of the chill—until it’s time for après ski drinks, of course!

Come on Out of the Cold and into the Warmth

When your cheeks are cherry red and you can no longer feel your fingers and toes, coming in out of the cold will be a good thing when staying with us! Our Bend vacation rentals offer a classic escape that is cheerful, welcoming, and warm. Reserve your stay with us today!

Mt. Bachelor has been blessed with amazing conditions this winter. We enjoyed a big powder day at the end of January. The web site reported eight inches, but I can testify to at least a foot. By the end of the storm, we had over 30 inches of new snow!

One of the great things about Mt. Bachelor is the length of time the powder can last. We skied un-tracked snow the entire day, and pretty much the next five days. 
This past week has been high pressure, with the best groomers and off piste you will find in the West.

Bend Vacation Rentals is offering great lift ticket discounts, as well as our Kids Under 12 Ski Free program, even over holidays. I have noticed that other ski areas are offering many great discounts this year, and it allows families to enjoy outdoor sports during a long winter.
 Bend is such a great place to visit, not only because of all that Mt. Bachelor offers, but also because Bend is more than a ski resort. Snowshoe, sled, Nordic ski or just take a walk along the Deschutes River. This week, the snow sports industry will gather at Mt. Bachelor to demo the new 2013-14 equipment, and it looks like there will be great snow and weather for the event!