BEND, OREGON – If you’re a fan of skiing and snowboarding, odds are good you’re already aware that Bend, Oregon, is Central Oregon’s premier winter getaway. But did you know there’s more to Bend than just skiing?

Our little mountain town offers a dizzyingly diverse array of activities to enjoy during the snow-packed months of winter. Here are three winter vacation ideas you can get the most from your vacation in Bend.

Winter Tours in Bend, Oregon

1. Take the Mt Bachelor Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour. Big Mountain Heli Tours, Winter Wonderland Helicopter Tour, is perfect for Bend visitors and locals who want to experience and explore as much of our magnificent snow-capped Cascade range as possible. The Cascades are a unique part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. In fact, all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. You’ll be front and center to see the after effects of our last “big one” at Broken Top Mountain 100,000 years ago, revealing the colorful insides of our very own complex stratovolcano and high altitude glacial lake at 10,000 feet

2. If you want to catch a show, the historic Tower Theatre is a great place to start, or check out the cool Tin Pan Theater. While you’re there, stroll around Downtown Bend checking out the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection for a look at one of Bend’s most unique assortments of outdoor art. If you’d prefer to leave the driving to someone else, call Bend Tour Company and book their popular Bend Art Safari tour.

3. If Nordic skiing is more your speed, Mt Bachelor has the longest groomed Nordic season in North America, with trails open from mid-November to late-May. More than a dozen trails sweep over 75 miles of forest, and the area is machine-groomed and track-set every night. Craving something a little outside-the-box from your Mt. Bachelor experience? Try a sled dog ride with, or grab the whole family for an afternoon of sledding fun on the Snowblast Tubing Park.

Looking for a romantic winter getaway? FivePine Lodge is a unique and one of a kind Central Oregon romantic destination and is so much more than just a hotel. With the personal touch of a bed and breakfast, the privacy of romantic, cozy cabins and all the amenities of a resort, FivePine is the ultimate romantic getaway this winter.

There’s more to see and do in Bend this winter. Join us and discover winter activities in Bend.