Bend named one of National Geographic’s best ski towns in the world!
Calling Bend a “fast-growing, adventure paradise,” National Geographic ranked the city among its World’s 25 Best Ski Towns. Bend shares this honor with the likes of Park City, Utah; Banff, Canada; Zermatt, Switzerland; and Chamonix, France.
What’s not to love? With Mt. Bachelor (9,065 feet) a mere 22 miles west of town and expansive cross-country (and snowshoeing) trails cut through the national forest, the skiing options are amazing in Central Oregon.
Mt. Bachelor features 88 runs for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. The mountain has nearly 3,700 acres accessible by lift and the highest skiable elevation in the Pacific Northwest.
Experts, especially, will find satisfaction skiing in Central Oregon. Sixty percent of the terrain is rated black or double-black. The mountain also features two half-pipes (18 and 12 feet tall) as well as a nearly mile-long terrain park. Mt. Bachelor is home to Laurenne Ross, a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Ski team.
An average base of 150-200” and average snowfall of 462” ensure a long season that usually starts by Thanksgiving and lasts well into May. Fresh powder is frequent for those who make it up to the mountain in the morning.
Even beginners should be sure to ride the lift to the top, where the view of the surrounding Cascade Mountains is not to be missed.
After a fun day on the slopes, head back to town to relax and recharge. Or head back early late in the season and get in a round of golf, some mountain biking or hiking.