If you have ever wanted to ski upon a dormant volcano and have a 360 degree view from the top, Mt Bachelor Ski Resort is what you are looking for. It is dormant volcano that is part of the Cascades mountain range, rising high above Oregon's high desert. Mt Bachelor Ski Resort is popular with local skiers and boarders, but it has been getting more popular with skiers and riders from outside of the area. The top elevation of 9,065 feet is the highest skiable elevation in Oregon and Washington. There is a very impressive 3,365 foot vertical drop at Mt Bachelor Ski Resort and 101 trails over 4,318 acres.
The key to Mt Bachelor Ski Resort is the weather. With an annual snowfall of 462 inches, Mt Bachelor Ski Resort is known for having great snow quality. While being on a volcano does seem pretty cool, you need to keep in mind that means the summit is treeless and therefore exposed to winds. An average stormy day brings winds of up to 70 miles per hour. This wind can create some massive drifts and whiteouts. But when the weather is clear, you can see California's Mt. Shasta 180 miles to the south from the top. Mt Bachelor Ski Resort also has mild temperatures with an average of 26 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter.
Mt Bachelor Ski Resort has a large expansive terrain for all abilities and is good for families. There are 5 terrain parks. But, the mountain does lack on mountain lodging, restaurants, and après-ski. To get this, you’ll need to travel 20 miles from Mt Bachelor Ski Resort to Bend, Oregon where you will find plenty of options including some great local microbreweries.
Mt Bachelor Ski Resort Notable Trails:
- Sparks Lane – If you are at Mt Bachelor Ski Resort and you are looking for some speed, this is it. It's like a downhill course with twists and turns, steeps and flats, jumps and banked turns.