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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

The Seventh Mountain Resort

18575 SW Century Dr
Bend, OR 97702-1950
(541) 382-8711

The closest lodging to Mt. Bachelor, ranging from in size from one bedroom condos to four bedroom luxury townhomes. All condos and townhomes feature fireplaces and balconies.   Ski and Stay Packages start at $173 per night for three nights plus two three-day tickets, double occupancy.

Sunriver Resort

17600 Center Drive
Sunriver, OR 97707
(800) 801-8765

A wide variety of premium accommodations including: traditional guestrooms and suites, luxury cabins, condominiums and 2-6 bedroom vacation rentals. The only AAA Four Diamond property in Central Oregon   Three nights lodging and three days of skiing/snowboarding for as little as $119 per person, per night double occupancy.
Mount Bachelor Lodging Partners Full list of lodging options with Bachelor ski and stay packages.    

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Dining
Dining At Mount Bachelor:

 

In the Pine Martin Lodge

 

In the Sunrise Lodge

 

In the Nordic Center Lodge

 

In Bend:

 

The Victorian Cafe

1404 NW Galveston Ave,

Bend, OR 97701

(541) 382-6411

 

The Best Breakfast in Bend!

 

 

Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails

1085 SE 3rd St,

Bend, OR 97702

(541) 312-2899

 

 

At Sunriver:

 

South Bend Bistro

57080 West Mall Drive,

Sunriver, OR 97707

541 593 3881

 

Contemporary American cuisine with French and Italian influences.

 

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Mt. Bachelor
Description:

Mt. Bachelor is a former volcanic cone in the Cascade Mountains that rises up above the surrounding pine forest. It's located near the town of Bend, which is a popular retirement destination and also has a lot of golf courses - so if you like skiing and golf, it's always a good choice. There are only the standard facilities at Bachelor's base, but a good variety of lodging and restaurants are to be found in Bend and nearby towns where off slope facilities include concerts, theatre and the chance to try dog sledding. Mount Bachelor has a remarkable record of receiving enough natural snowfall to continue the ski season up to July. It's been growing since the 1950s and is now one of the biggest ski resorts in the USA. Trails are up to two miles long and primarily suit intermediate recreational skiers, although there's plenty for beginners and experts too. In the latter category the chutes and 400 acres of ungroomed powder accessed by the Northwest Express Quad are particularly welcoming. The powder is good stuff too - very light.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
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Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
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Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad7
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other2 tubing lifts
Lifts-Total number of lifts13
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner15%
Trails-2-Intermediate25%
Trails-3-Advanced35%
Trails-4-Expert only25%
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total71
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1.5 miles
General-Base elevation5700'
General-Vertical drop3365'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds3683 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Good for intermediate to advanced skiers

Cons: Summit Lift closed more than open, windy, fogged in

I went to Mt. Bachelor with the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council (skicmsc.org) for their annual Chicago Week trip.  We were there the week of February 21-28, 2015.  We had 125 people on the trip with the group staying in Sunriver.  Sunriver was awesome, their staff performed outstanding for our group!

 

Unfortunately for Mt. Bachelor it has been a down year for snow, though they are holding up the best in the Northwest US.  Mt. Bachelor had been experiencing spring like weather for a few weeks before our group arrived.  The snow conditions were hard packed/icy the first two days we skied.  On the third day it warmed up, the winds calmed and the sun was out.  The Summit chair opened on our third day.  The groomer runs from the top of the Summit chair were skiing well.  A number of us dropped into the Cirque for a couple runs then did a few laps on Cow's Face.  The upper part of Mt. Bachelor offers some extensive advanced terrain that is a lot of fun to explore.  However, the cat tracks back to the lifts can be very long.  On the forth day of our trip most of the group did the Wunderlust snowshoeing tour at Crater Lake, those that skied had another good day at Mt. Bachelor with the Summit chair open again.  The group skied again on the fifth day of the trip with conditions again being firm, hard packed, but a little better than the first two days.  On our sixth and final day we awoke to 3" of new snow and another 3" feel during the day.  This gave us a little taste of what Mt. Bachelor is like during a normal snow year.  Many in the group had a fun day exploring in the trees, though damage to ski bases was common as snow cover was low and the new snow covered the ice and rocks so it was hard to tell what one was skiing one.  Overall it was a great trip and Mt. Bachelor was good.  Biggest let down was how little the Summit chair actually opens and for more advanced skiers after a few days it can get a little redundant skiing the same runs multiple times.  I would love to ski Mt. Bachelor during a typical snow year when everything is well covered and conditions are not so icy.

Posted

Pros: 86" snow the week before we got there and 24" while there. Lots of back country and tree skiing to explore. Excellent hike to Cinder Cone!

Cons: Not a lot of night life, and its not a real destination resort, but that isn't what I went all the way to Oregon to do. I went to ski, and ski I did.

Don't miss taking a trip to Mt Bachelor. You will never regret being able to ski a dormant volcano. The view from the top towards the "Three Sisters" is amazing. The people in Bend, Oregon are wonderful, and welcome you in kindly. The snow was amazing. The out of bounds skiing is awesome and they have a husky sledding trail all the way around the base of the mountain, so you only have to hike to it and then back out. I know, my buddy and I had two hr excursion of our very own. Was quite awesome. All around a wonderful trip.

Posted

Pros: lots of snow

Cons: best terrain closed during storms

I liked the mountain but the steepest parts were closed when there, wind? Almost couldn't get out of the parking lot one day it snowed 9+" during the day.

Posted

Pros: Large mountain, lots of area, beautiful scenery.

Cons: Not much variety, not very steep, the worst food I've ever bought anywhere, including school lunch, the peak chair doesn't open much, it's windy a lot

 I've been to Bachelor twice and been skunked both times.  The first time it was wet and almost rainy and the peak was not open.  The second time it was cold, cold, cold with no new snow for quite a while and the peak only opened for a couple of hours over our three day stay.  So take this review with that in mind.

I'm afraid I wasn't impressed.  First, the terrain seemed fairly much the same everywhere.  I couldn't figure out what the difference was between a blue and a black trail.  That's what you get for skiing on a volcanic cone.  I would have given almost everything a blue rating.  I wasn't there on a powder day, and I'll say that it looks like the place could be amazing when that happens.

Next, the food in the lodge on the mountain was the most horrible stuff I've ever tried to eat.  I am not picky and am known to eat anything put in front of me, no matter how bad, and ask for more.  Not this time.  I threw the soup out, a first for me.  Add the surly service to this and it made for a complete turn off.  The rest of my days there I brought my own food.

Talking to locals it seems like you need to be able to react when the weather is right to be able to access the top of the mountain.  It seems that a great deal of the time the wind is so intense or the visibility is so bad that they can't open it.  The mountain stands off all by itself away from the bulk of the Cascades (ergo "Mt. Bachelor") so the wind really can howl.

It looks like people could have fun here, but I wasn't impressed.

Posted

Pros: Terrain, snow quality, size, the Summit!

Cons: $&@# Expensive this year, and a long drive from the valley...

Let me get this out right away -- I love Mt Bachelor.  Even though we have to leave home at 6 to get there anywhere near opening time, it's always exciting to finally pull in.  If the snow is at all good -- and we won't bother with the 135-mile drive if it's not! -- you know you're in for more skiing than you can probably handle in a day.

 

I do not have a lot of experience on the eastern side, though I do know I've had a lot of fun over there with the various runs rolling through the trees, occasional shots between the runs, and the different terrain parks (though at 43 I'm not a modern park skier, by any means, but I will go big and throw something old school like a twister-spread if the jump is right!).  Where I do have a lot of experience is on Outback and Northwest, and the summit, as well as the stuff that takes you back to the main lodge / Pine Marten.  And this is the amazing stuff.  Skied Outback on a day that it was snowing so hard, (and blowing a fair bit) that I could not *find* my tracks on successive runs.  Skied off the back of the summit on a foggy day when I had to stop several times to make sure I knew where the heck was safe, but got many untracked turns a full day after snowfall.  Skied and skied and SKIED through the trees on Northwest before I finally got to the boundary road.  I have skied many of the CO resorts, and what you can get at Bachelor rivals most of them, no question.  Scary steep (40-42 degrees) off parts of the summit cirque.  But you can do it, that's the cool thing.  They know better than to just groom everything.  The pipe is world class, as are the parks.  Bumps on both front and back, where you may be judged by the whole chairlift, or just the trees and birds.  Good, good stuff...

 

This year Bachelor gets my ire due to their decision to jack EVERY Saturday to "peak" pricing, since they sold so many (cheaper, this year) season passes to Bend locals and hardcore valley folks.  Or rich non-locals, I don't know.  In the name of maintaining a "quality mountain experience" on weekends.  I.e., price the ragtag brown-baggers out of the market.  So for those of us trying-to-be-loyal day trippers coming up on *any* Saturday, it's $69.  Can't do it.  *Won't* do it.  (Do you hear, MB?)  Yes, there are multi-card deals and their (desperate) "Winter Stimulus" packages, but many of those are still passholder-centric.  And then this from their website: "In light of the recent bankruptcy filing by Joe's Sports, lift ticket vouchers bought at Joe's Sports are not currently redeemable at Mt. Bachelor."  So hopeful valley skiers thinking ahead early this season are out not only $ (the 5-pack was still something like $269, or $54/day) but one of their last means of affordable big mountain skiing...  I'm not a karma kind of person, but the HUGE letdown in day visits due to the economy and the mid-winter snow shortage this season is a bittersweet comeuppance to witness.

 

Whew...  Maybe we're all going to have to get used to $70+ for a day of skiing, but I see it as one of the first things people can *easily* chop from a budget. ($300 for one day for my 2 sons and I, with gas, coffee and donuts?  That's a car payment on *each* of their cars, *plus* their cell phone bills...)  I do hope Mt Bachelor survives as is, but I also hope they reconsider their elitist attitude in structuring what they charge for the privilege of skiing that wonderful mountain, or it will be a once-a-year privilege for this family...