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Discover the Best Ski Resorts Around Bend, Oregon

Nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Cascade Mountains, Bend, Oregon emerges as a beacon for ski enthusiasts and winter adventurers alike. With its pristine landscapes and an abundant dusting of snow each winter, Bend has carved out a reputation as a premier destination for those looking to hit the slopes. From novices to seasoned pros, the variety of ski resorts in the area promises something for everyone. 

Join us as we glide through the top five ski resorts around Bend, showcasing not just their thrilling runs but also the unique experiences they offer. Whether you’re here for the breathtaking views or the exhilarating descents, Bend’s ski resorts are poised to impress.

Mt. Bachelor

Mount Bachelor ski resort in Oregon
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At the heart of Central Oregon’s winter sports scene, Mt. Bachelor stands tall with its impressive array of runs, catering to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Boasting over 4,300 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of 3,365 feet, it’s no wonder Mt. Bachelor is often at the top of any ski enthusiast’s list. The mountain’s 101 runs are accessible by more than a dozen lifts, ensuring that you spend more time carving down the slopes than waiting in line. 

For those seeking an extra dose of adventure, Mt. Bachelor also offers snowshoeing tours, a tubing park, and even dog sledding experiences. The breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Cascade Range are just the cherry on top.

How to Get There

  1. From Bend, make your way to the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, also known as Century Drive (Route 372).
  2. Find your way to the Cascade Lakes Highway, the primary road out of town heading towards Mt. Bachelor, and head west. You’ll be on this road for the majority of your journey to the ski lodge.
  3. Stay on Cascade Lakes Highway for about 22 miles. The road is well-marked, and signs for Mt. Bachelor will guide you directly to the ski resort. This scenic drive offers beautiful views of the surrounding forest and mountains.
  4. As you approach Mt. Bachelor, you’ll see signs directing you to the ski lodge and parking areas. The resort has ample parking, and from there, you can easily access the lodge and ski lifts.

Hoodoo Ski Area

Hoodoo Ski Area, with its family-friendly atmosphere and diverse terrain, offers a more intimate skiing experience. Known for its unique night skiing options, Hoodoo allows you to extend your day on the slopes under the starlit sky. The resort features 806 acres of skiable terrain with a vertical drop of 1,035 feet, making it perfect for skiers and riders of all abilities. 

Hoodoo’s charm lies in its approachable size, affordable pricing, and the warm, welcoming vibe it maintains. Plus, its Autobahn Tubing Park provides fun for the entire family, ensuring that even those who aren’t keen on skiing or snowboarding can join in the winter fun.

Directions

  1. From Bend, merge onto US-97 N toward Redmond. You’ll continue on this highway for approximately 20 miles.
  2. Near the city of Redmond, look for signs to US-20 W and take the exit to head toward Sisters/Oregon Coast. Merge onto US-20 W and continue westward. This portion of the drive will lead you through the charming town of Sisters, Oregon, and into the more forested regions as you approach the Cascade Range.
  3. Continue on US-20 W for about 31 miles from Sisters.
  4. Look for signs indicating the entrance to Hoodoo Ski Area on your right as you travel west on US-20. The turnoff to the ski area is well-marked, and from there, you’ll find parking and access to the lodge and ski facilities.

The total drive from Bend to Hoodoo Ski Area typically takes around 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic.

Willamette Pass Resort

For those craving a blend of challenging runs and serene landscapes, Willamette Pass Resort is the go-to destination. Situated a bit further from Bend, this hidden gem offers 555 acres of skiable terrain, with 29 runs that cater to all skill levels. Its signature run, the 1.5-mile-long Kaleidoscope, boasts one of the steepest vertical drops in the Northwest. 

Besides skiing and snowboarding, Willamette Pass is a haven for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts, offering 20 km of groomed trails that meander through the picturesque backcountry.

Getting There

  1. Merge onto US-97 S and head southward.
  2. After continuing south on US-97 for approximately 30 miles from Bend, look for the junction with OR-58 (the Willamette Highway) and turn left onto OR-58 W. This turnoff is well-marked and signifies the beginning of your journey across the Cascade Range toward the Willamette Valley.
  3. Stay on OR-58 W as it winds through the Deschutes National Forest and past Odell Lake. After about 70 miles on OR-58 W, you will reach the vicinity of Willamette Pass Resort.
  4. Look for signs indicating the entrance to Willamette Pass Resort on your right as you travel west on OR-58. The resort is located near the summit of Willamette Pass, and signs will guide you to the parking areas and lodge.

The total journey from Bend to Willamette Pass Resort typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on driving conditions. The route crosses mountainous terrain, so winter driving conditions can be challenging. Ensure your vehicle is prepared for snow and ice, and carry chains if traveling during the winter months.

Meissner Nordic

For those who prefer the tranquility of Nordic skiing, the Meissner Nordic ski area provides over 40 km of beautifully groomed trails. Nestled in the Deschutes National Forest, this community-operated ski area offers a serene escape for classic and skate skiers of all levels. The trails wind through dense forests and open meadows, offering stunning views and a peaceful ambiance. It’s a perfect spot for families and individuals looking to enjoy the beauty of Central Oregon’s winters at their own pace.

Driving Directions

  1. From Bend, navigate toward the Cascade Lakes Highway. You will not be on this road for long, as Meissner Nordic is much closer to Bend than Mt. Bachelor.
  2. After about 10 miles on Cascade Lakes Highway from the West Bend area, look for a sign for Virginia Meissner Sno-Park (this is also known as NF-41 or Conklin Road). The turnoff is well-marked, and you should see signs for the sno-park as you approach. Make a left turn onto NF-41.
  3. Continue a short distance on NF-41, and you will quickly arrive at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. Parking is available here, and from the parking area, you will have access to the Meissner Nordic ski trails. The sno-park serves as the main access point for Meissner Nordic, offering a variety of cross-country ski trails suitable for various skill levels.

Please remember to carry a valid sno-park permit during the winter season, as it is required for parking at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. The total drive from Bend to Meissner Nordic is typically less than 30 minutes, depending on road conditions and traffic.

Mt. Hood Skibowl

While technically not in Bend, Mt. Hood Skibowl is worth the drive for its unique offerings. As America’s largest night ski area, Skibowl features 34 fully lit runs, allowing for an unparalleled night skiing experience. The resort boasts a vertical drop of 1,500 feet across 960 acres of terrain, appealing to adrenaline seekers and leisure skiers alike. Beyond skiing, Skibowl offers a range of winter activities, including cosmic tubing, snowmobile tours, and a winter adventure park, making it a comprehensive destination for all things fun in the snow.

Directions from Bend

  1. Merge onto US-97 N from Bend and follow it north toward Madras. This stretch of road takes you through Central Oregon’s high desert, offering views of the Cascade Mountains to the west.
  2. As you approach Madras, follow signs to merge onto US-26 W towards Government Camp/Mt. Hood.
  3. Continue on US-26 W, passing through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, where you can see Mount Hood looming larger as you approach. Further along US-26, you’ll drive through the mountain resort town of Government Camp. This area is a hub for outdoor activities all year round and marks the final stretch to Skibowl.
  4. Just beyond Government Camp, look for signs for Mt. Hood Skibowl on your left. The entrance to the ski resort is clearly marked, and from here, you can follow local signage to parking and the main lodge.

The trip from Bend to Mt. Hood Skibowl will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, 

Your Gateway to Winter Adventure

As we’ve journeyed through the snowy peaks and serene landscapes of Bend’s premier ski resorts, it’s clear that this winter wonderland has something for everyone. From the expansive runs of Mt. Bachelor to the intimate charm of Hoodoo Ski Area, the adventurous spirit of Willamette Pass Resort, the serene trails of Meissner Nordic, and the night-time thrills of Mt. Hood Skibowl, Bend is a destination that beckons to winter sports enthusiasts of all stripes.

And for those looking to extend their stay in this snowy paradise, Happy Campers RV Rentals offers the perfect solution. With a cozy RV rental, you’ll have a warm place to call home after your snowy adventures, making your ski trip to Bend an unforgettable experience. So, pack your gear, round up your fellow ski enthusiasts, and set your sights on Bend, Oregon, for an epic winter getaway.

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