Winter Helicopter Tours and Scenic Flights in Bend, Oregon

Winter in the Pacific Northwest means impossibly gray skies and the ever-present tickle of rain, right? Well, not exactly — it’s a common myth that’s easily debunked if you travel and vacation in Bend, Oregon this winter. Mountain resorts for downhill skiing? Some of the best in the world. Helicopters for scenic flights and adventures? Check!

Scenic Helicopter Tours and Skiing in Bend, Oregon

Our Cascades helicopter tours showcase the 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 in your own private helicopter 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. While Broken Top Mt is our local volcanic star on this helicopter tour, two well known stratovolcanoes are Krakatoa, best known for its catastrophic eruption in 1883 and Vesuvius, famous for its destruction of the towns Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE. You’ll also fly in your own private helicopter over our local lakes and streams that feed into the mighty Columbia River flowing to the Pacific 300 miles away. The Cascade Range is still active to this day. Mt St Helens to our North remains hot after a devastating and well known eruption in 1980.

Alpine Skiing or Snowboarding at Mount Bachelor

Mount Bachelor is regularly praised as having some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in the country, so you will be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check it out while you are here. You can purchase day tickets or season passes, and remember that kids ski for free with the purchase of an adult pass.

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!

Winter Golfing on The Oregon Coast

In the winter, greens fees are reduced by as much as half. It’s the perfect time of year to check out the famously beautiful golf courses set along Oregon’s rugged coastline, such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Gearhart Golf Links, the oldest golf course in the Northwest. These resorts are also some of the most comfortable places for another traditional Oregonian winter pastime: marveling at the spectacular crashing waves of a winter storm.