Find Winter Activities in Bend, Oregon
If you’re a winter tours and activities, you’ll love Bend. It’s said after one weekends worth of fun and exciting snow play in Bend, you’ll miss it even before you get home. Especially if you take advantage of a scenic helicopter flight over Central Oregon winter playground this year.
Why Winter Activities in Bend, Oregon?
Officially, the average winter snowfall in Bend is a little under 2 feet (which falls mostly December through February) versus the 30 feet that falls on the ski slopes of Mount Bachelor , just 22 miles to the west of town. Winter activities and tours range from snowmobiling, to snowshoeing, to scenic mountain helicopter tours of Mt Bachelor and beyond, it’s a winter wonderland of fun adventures waiting to be had.
Skiing Mt Bachelor and Sleigh Rides Too
People go west of town to ski or snowboard at Mount Bachelor or cross-country ski on miles of trails on U.S. Forest Service land. You can also whoosh away in a dog sled pulled by a pack of exuberant canines (Mount Bachelor) or take a one-horse open sleigh ride (Sunriver Resort).
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Alternate Winter Adventures For Everyone
If not everybody in your entourage wants to ski/snowboard, drop the snow lovers at the Bend Park-N-Ride to catch the Mount Bachelor Shuttle up to the mountain (25 minutes; $9 round trip) while the rest of you explore around town. Ice skate at Bend Parks and Rec’s huge, open-air (but covered) Pavilion rink, tour local breweries, shop or explore local history and wildlife at a world-class museum.
For those seeking true winter adventures Big Mountain Heli Tours offers daily scenic helicopter flights over the snow-capped Cascade Range. Their most popular winter tour in Bend at this time of year is the Winter Wonderland scenic flight taking in Mt Bachelor and the Three Sister to the north, before returning via scenic flyover of The Old Mill and the City. It’s a winter activity not to be missed this year!