Named Mount Bachelor because it “stands apart” from its nearby Three Sisters, Mount Bachelor is one of our favorite destinations for wintertime fun in Central Oregon — and one of the most significant mountains in the Pacific Northwest. This 9,068-foot stratovolcano in Bend is home to the largest ski resort (by area) in the state of Oregon and the second-largest single-mountain ski resort in the country. Here, skiers and snowboarders enjoy one of the longest ski seasons in the country, which typically extends from mid-November through the end of May. And during the warmer months, Mount Bachelor is a popular destination for mountain bikers and hikers.
Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, there is a reason to visit Mount Bachelor. Use our comprehensive guide to enhance your stay, including hotel accommodations, outdoor activities and must-visit restaurants. But before you go, it’s wise to read up on some travel tips and check the weather conditions, especially if you’re visiting during the winter!
Photo Courtesy of Mount Bachelor Village Resort
Situated at the edge of the Deschutes National Forest and the Deschutes River, Mount Bachelor Village Resort is just down the hill from Mt. Bachelor Ski Area and just steps from downtown Bend and the Old Mill District. You get the best of both worlds here while you relax in this upscale hotel with an on-site fitness center, a seasonal pool, cruiser bikes, nearby trails, game rooms and more amenities. Choose from their three unique accommodations: the Ski House Condos, River Wild Forest Homes or River Ridge Condos.
If convenience and proximity are your top priorities, Seventh Mountain Resort is an excellent option, as it is the closest lodging option to Mount Bachelor. But you are not sacrificing quality or comfort! The resort offers an array of hotel rooms and family suites, from studio suites to three-bedroom suites. The condos and townhomes at Seventh Mountain are distributed across 20 three-story buildings, all of which are accessible via exterior corridors. Each suite contains a private balcony or patio, many of which offers stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
Head south to Sunriver to retreat to Sunriver Resort, offering luxurious accommodations and endless activities. Choose from a wide range of places to stay, including the Sunriver Lodge Village guest rooms and suites, the Sunriver Lodges, and various vacation homes and condos, which work well for larger groups. Sunriver Resort has over 300 vacation rentals and a hotel with 245 guest rooms and suites, some of which are pet-friendly! Enjoy access to a myriad of amenities during your stay, including four championship golf courses, a world-class spa, pools, tennis courts and much more. Plus, Sunriver Resort always has something going on, including annual holiday celebrations and other events.
Photo Courtesy of Oxford Hotel
Nestled in the heart of downtown Bend, the Oxford Hotel gives visitors the chance to experience the best of city life and the great outdoors. Just minutes away from Mt. Bachelor, hotel guests can enjoy a respite from their outdoor adventures in luxuriously appointed rooms that have been thoughtfully designed to reflect the natural elements of the region. Access a myriad of amenities, including an on-site restaurant and lounge, a state-of-the-art workout facility, and a relaxing spa, sauna and steam room. Plus, all 59 of the hotel’s large and elegant suites are pet-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your fur baby behind!
For several decades, hundreds of families and individuals have made staying at Elk Lake Resort a tradition. The resort offers a wide selection of accommodations, including large cabins that sleep 6–8 people and rustic camping cabins for up to 3 people. You’re not far from both Bend and Mount Bachelor at Elk Lake Resort, but there’s plenty to do right here. Plus, you can rent snowmobiles, snow shoes and fat tire bikes to take your adventures to the next level!
If you’re looking for a truly unique option, consider one of the many Airbnb accommodations in the area, including rustic cabins, modern condos and more. Look at Airbnb options near Mount Bachelor or check out accommodations in Bend for even more options.
Mountain Biking (Summer)
Photo Courtesy of Tyler Roemer via Mt. Bachelor
During the warmer months, Mount Bachelor is a popular destination for mountain bikers. The The Mount Bachelor Bike Park features a variety of popular ski runs transformed into daredevil dirt routes for bikers to explore. Plus, the bike park offers lift services to an additional 13 miles of downhill-oriented trails.
Scenic Chairlift Rides (Summer)
Take your visit to new heights (quite literally) with a chairlift ride from the West Village base area with an elevation of 6,300 feet to Pine Marten Lodge perched at 7,775 feet. The ride offers views of the Three Sisters peaks, Broken Top and the many Cascade Lakes, plus the opportunity to see ancient lava flows, wildflowers and year-round snowfields. The chairlift rides only take place in the summer, but the operating schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.
You can conquer a hike to the 9,068-foot summit of Mount Bachelor a couple of ways. Either start at the base of the Pine Marten lift and hike all the way to the top from there or take the Pine Marten Life from the West Village base to the 7,775-foot mid-mountain level and hike to the summit from there. Plus, there is a new hiking trail addition beginning at West Village that meanders through the hemlock forest, eventually intersecting with the existing Sunrise-to-Summit hiking trail.
Disc Golfing (Summer)
Photo Courtesy of Tyler Roemer via Mt. Bachelor
Once you’ve reached Pine Marten Lodge via the chairlift, play a round of disc golf at the Mt. Bachelor Disc Golf course, which is a PDGA listed course. Start at hole #1 at the top and work your way down the mountain to the final hole #18. Elevation, beautiful views and varied terrain will add an extra thrill to your game. A valid lift ticket or pass is required to ride the Pine Marten chairlift to hole #1.
Sun Country Rafting Tours (Summer)
Opt for a more action-packed adventure with a river rafting trip with Sun Country Tours. Their most popular and convenient rafting trip is the Big Eddy Thriller, which features Class III rapids. The company provides transportation to and from the river, all equipment needed and expert guiding to make your adventure more enjoyable and safe. The 3-mile journey will provide an unforgettable experience that will leave you breathless and wanting more. Sun Country Tours also offers stand up paddleboard rentals, lessons and tours.
Zip Lining (Summer)
See Mount Bachelor from a whole new perspective with an exhilarating trip on a zipline among alpine trees. The dual-line, three-stage tour drops 1,400 vertical feet down the mountain’s slopes, making it the steepest, fastest and highest-elevation zipline adventure in the Northwest. You can ride at your own pace with the self-controlled braking system or speed as fast as possible to race your friends on the side-by-side lines.
Snowshoe Tours (Winter)
Go snowshoeing with a US Forest Service Naturalist as you learn about winter ecology at Mount Bachelor and the geology of the region, including wildlife and plants. The best part? This 90-minute tour is completely free! Snowshoes are provided and no previous experience is required. The tours are ideal for anyone over 10 years of age and appropriate winter clothing and snow boots should be worn.
Snowblast Tubing (Early December–Early April)
Snowblast Tubing is the biggest and most popular tubing experience in Central Oregon. It features an 800-foot ride full of rollers and up to six lanes. Simply hop on a tube and cruise down the hill, then grab onto the specially designed tows to pull you back up the hill so you can do it all over again. Snowblast Tubing takes place at the West Village base area from early December through early April.
Sled Dog Rides (Winter)
For a truly unique and magical winter experience, book a ride behind a real dog sled team! The Oregon Trail of Dreams team of dogs pulls an Iditarod sled across the snow, offering views of the majestic winter scenery, including snow-covered Broken Top, the Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor.
Skiing + Snowboarding (Winter)
Photo Courtesy of Anelise Bergin via Mt. Bachelor
This is a pretty obvious one, but it must be mentioned! Many flock to Mount Bachelor purely for the exceptional skiing and snowboarding. This is actually one of the longest ski seasons in the country, typically extending from mid-November through the end of May. Don’t miss Woodward Mountain Park, a network of featured terrain zones that offer a balanced variety of exciting on-mountain experiences for all ages and abilities. The park was designed by Woodward, an experiential action sports company that also operates The Woodward Wrecktangle in the Old Mill District.
Big Mountain Heli Tours (Winter)
A helicopter tour is the ultimate way to take in views of the snow-capped Cascade range. Enjoy a 60-minute scenic flight for up to three passengers, flying over the Cascades, the upper Deschutes, waterfalls, Lava Lands, Bend and more. Weather conditions must be ideal for the tour to take place — and you will receive a full refund for weather cancellations. The tour includes wine tasting and a bottle of wine at Va Piano.
Situated in the West Village base area, The Clearing Rock Bar is a full-service restaurant with a cozy interior for the winter and an airy patio for warm, sunny days. Grab a burger, a sandwich, some nachos, or a fresh salad, and a craft beer to complement your meal.
Photo Courtesy of Tyler Roemer via Mt. Bachelor
During the summer, Mount Bachelor offers a truly unique dining experience for visitors. The Sunset Dinners at Pine Marten Lodge are offered Thursday through Sunday night throughout the summer, inviting diners to savor the local flavors of Central Oregon while they watch the sun dip below the horizon from this 7,800-foot viewpoint. The prix fixe meals include a mix of family-style appetizer choices and individual entree selections. Reservations are strongly encouraged for this popular dining experience.
Tucked inside Pine Marten Lodge in the middle of the mountain, Scapolo’s offers exceptional views and a simple yet satisfying menu of beer and food, including pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads, flatbread, hearty soups and more. The restaurant is open from Friday through Sunday in the winter and daily during the summer.
Start the day off right with a visit to the newly remodeled Sunrise Cafe, which serves a variety of breakfast options, including toast, breakfast wraps, egg muffins and more. Plus, their lunch menu features their famous Mt. Bachelor chili cheese fries, steakburgers, fish sandwiches, onion rings and more.
Photo Courtesy of Elk Lake Resort
Make your way to the historic Lodge at Elk Lake Resort for an incredible meal with a side of excellent views. Mount Bachelor and South Sisters are the backdrop for your meal, which includes rustic American fare and a selection of local microbrews, wines and handcrafted cocktails from the full-service bar.
Restaurants in Bend
Travel just down the road to Bend for an endless selection of restaurants, whether you’re craving tacos or sushi, a fancy experience or a casual counter-serve spot. A few of our favorite restaurants in Bend include Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails, Drake, Ariana, Spork, Barrio, 900 Wall, El Sancho Taco Shop, 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar, Jackalope Grill and The Lemon Tree.
Have a Blast
The most important word of advice: have a blast exploring Mount Bachelor! What activities or destinations would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.