Central Oregon and Bend specifically is a winter lovers and outdoor enthusiasts paradise. We’re known worldwide for our endless summer activities like hiking, cycling, golf ,helicopter wine tasting and more. You can actually do a lot of those same things during the winter and we have one of the top ski resorts in the world right in our backyard. Let’s play!
Helicopter Snow Tours
Bend’s very own Big Mountain Heli Tours offers up year round helicopter tours of the scenic Cascade Range but winter is when the sunshine mountain vistas are at their winter best. For guests to our mountains this winter skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoe tours are on tap, but let Big Mountain Heli Tours take you and the entire family to our Winter Wonderland in the Cascades. Our Winter Wonderland Helicopter Snow 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.
Snow Tubing Fun
We know not everyone is into skiing and snowboarding (some just enjoy hitting up the ski area bars.) But for those who want just a taste of adrenaline, try one of our tubing or sledding hills. At Mt. Bachelor, the Snowblast Tubing Park is “where the rubber meets the snow…and is full of fun with an 800 foot ride full of rollers.” At Hoodoo near Sisters, the Autobahn Tubing Park is a blast for kids of all ages. You can also find a popular local sledding hill at the Wanoga Sno-Park on the way to Mt. Bachelor.
Skiing Mt Batchelor
In Sunriver and Bend’s backyard is Mt. Bachelor, the Northwest’s premier ski area, famous for its dry and abundant powder and 360-degrees of skiable terrain. Just outside Sisters, Hoodoo offers some no-frills/big hills skiing that stretches into the night! Both ski areas work with area lodging partners to offer great stay-and-ski deals during the winter.
Take a hike into the Central Oregon backcountry with a knowledgable U.S. Forest Service Ranger at Mt. Bachelor. Free guided hikes are available every day during holiday breaks and on the weekends throughout the winter.