There’s never ending shortage of winter and spring activities, tours, and fun things to do for visitors to our little mountain town in Bend, Oregon. In fact, your biggest problem won’t be finding something to do; it will be narrowing down what events to enjoy. Let’s play!
Winter Tour Planning in Bend, Oregon
#1 Private Winter Mountain Helicopter Flights – Big Mountain Heli Tours, Winter Wonderland Helicopter flight 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 and best seen by private helicopter tours, 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, flying over the snow-capped peaks, 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. Fly Today!
#2 Alpine Skiing 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.
#3 Snowshoe Tour – Wanderlust Tours is one of Bend’s leading tour operators. It offers a wide variety of tours for all seasons, but we particularly love their Snowshoe Tour around Mount Bachelor and the Deschutes National Forest. Wanderlust’s trained naturalist guides will take you on a magical journey through the snow-laden wilderness, pointing out animal tracks and lava flows along the way.
#4 Try a Sled Dog Ride – Have you or your kids ever dreamt of taking an epic dog-sled ride across the vast stretches of a snow covered mountain? Well, thanks to the Oregon Trail of Dreams, you can now make the dream a reality. A visual handicap did not stop owner Rachel Scdoris from competing in the Iditarod three different times, and now she is dedicating to making sure anyone can experience the thrill of a dog-sled ride themselves. This 26-mile adventure is a unique and unforgettable way to explore the Cascades while also occasionally closing your eyes and pretending you are racing through the Alaskan Tundra.
#5 Sledding and Snow Tubing – Nothing says winter quite like speeding down steep, snow-covered hills on a sled or inner tube. If you can’t ski or your kids aren’t quite ready for it, sledding and snow tubing are great options and just as exhilarating. We love Mt. Bachelor’s Snowblast Tubing Park, where you can take an 800 foot ride down one of their well-maintained sledding hills. They even have surface lifts to make your trek back up all the easier. Sessions sell out fast on weekends or holiday periods, so we recommend getting your tickets early. Wanoga Snow Park just southwest of Bend is also an excellent place for sledding, tobogganing, discs, and boogie boards. It is free with your Sno-Park Parking Permit. You can also check out SHARC, the Sunriver Aquatics & Recreation Center, for more tubing and four-wheeling fun. You’ll find three rides of varying steepness. We also suggest you check out their Black Light Blast Nights, where runs are illuminated with black lights and glow sticks, for a one of a kind tubing experience.