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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!

2013 TransAm
It’s year eleven for the Transworld Snowboarding TransAm at Mt. Bachelor! This super fun, snowboard-only event features a jam format. Although there will be winners, and it’s a good way to gain recognition, competing in the TransAm is really about the camaraderie and having a good time boarding together. TransWorld will be on site to give away sweet prizes, play loud music and build weird features that you might only get to ride this one day in your entire life.
TransAm is presented by Skullcandy, and brought to you with the help of sponsors including Ride Snowboards, Anon Optics, Zumiez, Coal Headwear, High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Muscle Milk, Wend Waxworks, Sanuk and Giro. See you out there!
Claim My Run Video Contest
Looking for something new and fun to do? The Claim My Run Video Contest will take your quest to discover all Mt. Bachelor has to offer just one step further. Use a helmet cam to record your run–don’t forget that Mt. Bachelor rents GoPro cameras in their Demo Center–and upload your video for your chance to win prizes from Mt. Bachelor. At the end of February, they’ll select two winners:
  • The person who “claims” the highest number of unique runs; and,
  • The person who uploads the most-watched video!