Explore The BEST Winter Adventures and Activities in Bend This Winter
Bend is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, but winters snowy embrace holds a special place for us here at Big Mountain Heli Tours.
Winter Adventures In Bend
From skiing the slopes of Mount Bachelor, to soaring over the Cascades in a private helicopter to taking a lap or two around the skate rink at the Bend Park & Recreation Pavilion, Bend offers a wealth of ways to spend your winter vacation. Locals agree that Bend is at its most beautiful when covered in a blanket of snow, so whether you are at the top of the mountain or taking a leisurely stroll downtown, it’s hard not to feel like you are lost in a winter paradise.
1. Nordic Skiing
The Meissner Nordic Center is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-groomed and expansive trails for all skill levels. It offers 40 KM of world-class cross country skiing “for the community, by the community.” Mount Bachelor is also an unbeatable choice for Nordic skiing. It even offers beginners hour-long lessons in both Classic and Skate style skiing.
2. Scenic Helicopter Flights Over the Cascades
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.
3. 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.
4. Winter Dog Sled 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 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. 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!