Bend, Oregon is Filled With Fun Winter Activities and Tours

Go Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding at Mt Bachelor

Winter is here in Bend and visitors from Portland, Seattle and the Bay Area are discovering winter tours and activities  to suit every taste and ability. Let’s play!

Bend’s Mt. Bachelor is known for its dry snow along with having a long ski season running November through May. It’s the largest ski resort in the state of Oregon and the second largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S. (behind Vail) and the sixth largest of all ski resorts in the nation. Mt. Bachelor also offers snowshoeing with a forest ranger and downhill tubing for the non-skiers or non-snowboarders. There are several lodges for warming up and grabbing a bite in, as well as the new Cloud Chaser lift opening more access to terrain.

Take a Scenic Helicopter Flight Over Mt Bachelor and Cascades

While Broken Top Mt is our local volcanic star this private and unique helicopter tour will also highlight Mt. Bachelor, one of the largest ski resorts in the U.S. On this tour you’ll swing over the mountain and watch skiers racing down the 3,600 acres of terrain. The Cascade Range is still active to this day. Mt. St. Helens (which you can see on most flights) to our North remains hot after a devastating and well known eruption in 1980.

Flying over the summits you’ll be treated to an eye candy helicopter view of the Cascade Mountain chain stretching from north to south and including Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, North Sister, Middle Sister and South Sister.

The Helicopter Tour

Our Winter Wonderland Tours depart from our private heliport in Bend, Oregon. This scenic helicopter tour includes aerial views of the City of Bend, the Old Mill District and the Deschutes River as well as the spectacular snow-capped Cascade range with it’s soaring volcanic peaks. The winter and spring tour is hosted aboard one of our comfortable and air-conditioned helicopters complete with wraparound windows. These aircraft are designed for helicopter sightseeing and feature a nearly 180 degree field of view, clear passenger to pilot communications.

Rent A Luxury Tent Camper And Discover Oregon’s Outback

Why fuss with a garage full of old camping gear on your next trip to Oregon, when you can drive away with your own fully stocked luxury adventure tent trailer & camper from Freespirit Recreation and Big Mountain Adventures? Explore luxurious remote hot springs, over 200 high alpine mountain lakes, music festivals, wild and scenic riverside tent trailer camping destinations, dramatic ocean vistas, deserts and vineyards, all within with driving distance of our home base here in Bend. Reserve your tent camper today and explore Oregon’s outback tomorrow!

Go Cross Country Skiing

Boasting one of the longest Nordic seasons in the country, Mt. Bachelor has its own Nordic lodge and offers 56 km of machine-groomed tracks for both classic and skate skiers. They offer private and group lessons to hone your skills. There are several sno-parks along the Cascade Lakes Highway on the way to Mt. Bachelor that offer cross-country and snowshoe trails ranging from beginner to expert. Seasonal sno park passes are required.

Go Snowmobiling and Sledding

Explore over 1.6 million acres of Deschutes National Forest by snowmobile. If you’re feeling adventurous, reserve a snowmobile through Central Oregon Rentals. Mt. Bachelor offers FREE 90 minute snowshoe interpretive tours led by US Forest Service Naturalists (they provide the snowshoes). A sledding hill is offered on the left side of Wanoga Sno Park and seasonal sno park passes are required. Bring your favorite sledding device! Mt. Bachelor also offers a Snowblast tubing hill for a fee located at West Village.

Go Dog Sledding

Operated out of Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort join the Oregon Trail of Dreams Dog Sled experience. This homegrown company is operated and owned by Jerry Scdoris and his daughter Rachael. Rachael is a world renowned athlete and participated in her first Iditarod finish in 2006. Tour through the Cascade Mountains, taking in the sights of Central Oregon snow-covered cascades and Mt. Bachelor from the comfort of a dog sled, no work required!

Explore a Hot Spring

Rent one of our adventure tent trailers and go discover the historic Hot Springs overnight. Your  destination today will be at Oregon’s Belknap Hot Springs with two developed natural-spring pools, lavishly landscaped grounds, access to the McKenzie River Trail, and tent trailer camping sites right on the river within eyeshot of the hot spring pools. It is adventure tent camping heaven.