Because local ski areas are established under permit on national forest land, they do not provide lodging accommodations on site. Day use facilities include a variety of lodges, restaurants and shops. Lodging, dining and leisure accommodations abound in Bend and the surrounding territory, not far away from the mountain venues.
Mt. Bachelor Resort
13000 SW Century Dr., Bend (22 mi. SW of Bend)
Famous among skiers and snowboarders, 9,065-ft Mt. Bachelor is one of the nation’s premier winter activity resorts. With a 3,365-ft vertical drop, 3,683 acres are accessible by lift and 1,600 acres are groomed daily during the November-May season. Thirteen lifts serving 71 runs include a new, $3.5 million Pine Marten express quad. Also available are 56 km of groomed cross-country trails, snowboard pipes and a tubing area. Annual snowfall averages 370 in. with a base of 150 to 200 in. The local transit agency has teamed with Mt. Bachelor to provide bus service between the resort and a Park & Ride lot in Bend for the convenience of visitors and employees.
Hoodoo Mountain Resort
Hwy. 20 (20 mi. NW of Sisters)
Hoodoo is located in the Cascade range near Santiam Pass, offering a 1,035-ft vertical rise to a 5,703-ft summit. There are five lifts serving 806 skiable acres, of which 120 acres are maintained and groomed. Facilities also include 15.8 km of Nordic trails and a 20-run tube park.
Willamette Pass Resort
Lying just outside the tri-county Central Oregon area, this winter sports site enjoys popularity among local and Willamette Valley snow aficionados. With two peaks, there is a vertical drop 1,563 ft. from a 6,683-ft summit. Five lifts serve 29 runs on 555 acres of skiable terrain. Also: 20 km of Nordic trails, tubing, snowshoeing.
Back country activities
There are miles of snowmobile and Nordic skiing trails on national forest land in Central Oregon. The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests share a web site that is a browser’s paradise, rich with detail including downloadable maps.
Winter recreation areas on the Deschutes National Forest lie predominantly on the mountain slopes of the Cascade Range. The Ochoco National Forest, east of Prineville, offers numerous recreation sites as well. Some areas are closed to motorized vehicles but others provide access to extensive snowmobile trail networks. All are well marked.
Outfitters and guide services and many winter sports apparel and equipment retailers serve the recreation market in Bend and Central Oregon. Guided daytime and moonlight snowshoe excursions by Wanderlust Tours have become very popular.
Following is a sampling of winter recreation areas in Central Oregon. Many are interconnected by summer and winter trail systems. Some trails are reserved for cross-country skiers while others are shared by skiers and snowmobiles. Many of the areas close to Bend, Mt. Bachelor and Sisters may be crowded on
Wanoga Sno-park and Sno-play Area
The Wanoga play area is the first of its kind with gentle slopes demarcated for young sledders and tubers. The area has been cleared for several years but a parking lot and paved road were added in late 2007. A groomed ski trail is planned, as is a shelter.
Cascade Lakes Highway, 19 mi. SW of Bend
19 mi. Nordic ski trails, 150 mi. groomed snowmobile trails. Very popular winter recreation area extends to larger Dutchman/Tumalo Winter Use Area
Skyliner Rd., 10 mi. W of Bend
8 mi. Nordic ski trails. Popular family snow play area because of its proximity to Bend although sledding and tubing are discouraged by the Forest Service for safety reasons. No snowmobile trails.
Virginia Meissner Area
Cascade Lakes Highway, 13 mi. W of Bend
14 mi. Nordic ski trails; connections to other trail systems. No snowmobile trails.
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Two snow parks, 10 mi. cross-country ski trails, over 100 mi. snowmobile trails. Roads closed to motor vehicles except snowmobiles in winter.
Near Santiam Pass, west of Sisters
70 mi. trail system shared by snowmobilers and Nordic skiers. weekends and holidays.