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Bend Winter Activities

Looking for things to do in Bend, Oregon for your cold-weather getaway? You have found it here. Bend, Oregon is a winter paradise with a myriad options for all sorts of Bend winter activities that make the most of the white stuff. Enjoy all that Bend has to offer by stopping by the Visit Bend website at www.VisitBend.com.


“Think Snow” isn’t just a slogan. It’s a greeting offered to perfect strangers as well as friends at the grocery store as Woman skiing in the backcountry.early as October. We locals relish the promise of “powder days,” and watch the weather intently to take advantage of them. Even better, we pass that knowledge along to you, so you can enjoy a “powder day” or “bluebird day” just like we do.

And, Bend Vacation Rentals is the exclusive vacation rental partner of Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, allowing us to offer discounts, like our Kids 12 and Under Ski Free. We’ll even have your lift tickets ready for you at your vacation rental so you can hit the snow as soon as you arrive at Mt. Bachelor!

Mt. Bachelor

The Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort is the crown jewel of winter fun in Central Oregon, and features downhill skiing for all levels, as well as nordic skiing, snow tubing and even sled dog rides. Mt Bachelor is not a town, but a designated ski area, and doesn’t have lodging. However, we have many beautiful vacation homes convenient to this incredibly diverse ski resort.

Mt. Bachelor has more than 3,700 acres of lift-accessible terrain, including Bachelor Parks, an area with man-made features including a half-pipe for snowboarders and free skiers. Mt. Bachelor is very family-friendly and offers daily programs just for kids as well as childcare services.

Nordic Skiing

Family doing some skiing together.There are many great options for cross country skiing, including the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, which grooms 56 kilometers of trail every night. Mt. Bachelor has one of the longest Nordic seasons in North America, and usually grooms well into June.

Our community trails at the Virginia Meissner SnoPark are maintained and groomed by a volunteer organization, and feature more than 40 kilometers of trails groomed for both skate and classic. Meissner SnoPark is off of Century Drive on the way to Mt. Bachelor, and is very convenient to town. Additionally, there are almost limitless miles of un-groomed trails perfect for back country skiing.

Snow ShoeingWoman skipping on the snow.


Love hiking? Snow shoes give you incredible access to our winter wonderland at any time of day. Check out Wanderlust Tours for guided snow shoeing, including their Moonlight & Starlight tour, as well as the Bonfire on the Snow tour, which includes dessert and hot beverages around a campfire.