This handsome bachelor has a rose for everybody. Bend’s Mt. Bachelor is Central Oregon’s volcanic beacon for adventure. As the fifth largest ski resort in North America, it has runs for all levels … long, glorious stretches for skiers and boarders.
Unlike some other mega resorts, Bachelor feels personal, even retro, in a good way. Lift lines move quickly, and fashion isn’t a status statement. It’s all about having fun on the hill! New quad chairs race you up the mountain, where you can even reach the peak of cinder cone volcano at 9,065 feet.
The newest chairlift, Cloudchaser, opens up some amazing runs on the leeward east side of the mountain. Trees look magical when thickly coated in fresh snow.
Then there’s the whole cheeriness factor—the people working at Mt. Bachelor just seem to be happy, from the rental gear crew to the food counter folks to the instructors. Maybe it’s that light, dry snow and abundant sunshine, plus the incredible view of the Cascades surrounding this Bachelor. No thorns here … everything’s coming up roses!
NIGHT SKATE BONUS: In the evening, go ice skating under the stars, and the disco lights! Just 15 miles down the road from Mt. Bachelor, Seventh Mountain Resort has a circular open air ice rink where you can rent skates and glide (or stumble) around the rink to the tune of pop music. One too many falls? Take a snack and beverage break around the fire pit.