Mount Bachelor

Mount Bachelor, Oregon

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

Mt Bachelor in Oregon is bold, beautiful and typically blessed with snow. This dormant volcano in The Cascades offers incredible summit snowfields and scenery. Mt Bachelor is the Pacific Northwest’s largest ski area with 3,700 acres of terrain and the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington at 9,065'. In fact, Mt Bachelor is like a big skiers' ice cream cone with skiing off all 360-degrees off the peak with almost 2,000' vertical above the tree line. Off Bachelor's backside, you will find bowl after bowl of steep, super scenic natural terrain that continues all the way to a mid-mountain catch line - bringing you back to the front side on a cat track. Off the summit North Face are even steeper chutes with splendid rime formations, confirming the wild winter weather and snow Bachelor receives. While the conical summit serves up some unbelievable, un-groomed terrain (some with a short hike), there are a few blue groomers off the front summit flank like Beverly Hills and Healy Heights.

And there is so much more to Bachelor - with five unique ski sections all served by swift high-speed lifts, 7 detachable quads. The sunny North East side has the new Cloudchaser six pack, the Sunrise Accelerator and Skyliner high-speed quads serving blue and green groomed runs perfect for families, with a few fun terrain parks. Pine Marten in the center is home to classic ski runs like Thunderbird, Coffee and Old Skyliner. Outback and Northwest feature undulating blue and black runs, up to 2,300' vertical long, like Sparks Lake and Devils Backbone. Between these playful ski trails are great glades - often with untracked snow.

Mt. Bachelor typically gets up to 400 inches of snowfall thanks to its location on the eastern flanks of Oregon's Central Cascades, so skiing usually extends from November to May. Weather can be an issue in the Cascades, so when the summit is a go - you should go. The Summit Express is closed half the time due to the wind and low visibility.

Mt Bachelor is located in the Deschutes National Forest, the scenery of other volcanic peaks is fantastic - The Sisters and Broken Top, Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood in the far distance. Because it is protected land, you won't find any on mountain lodging which is good and bad news - this definitely lends a beautiful uncluttered landscape to the two base areas West Village and Sunrise, but you do have to drive about 25 minutes to lodging. Mid-mountain, you will find the Pine Martin Lodge which is a panoramic spot for lunch, we recommend the table service at Le Cirque upstairs.

Bachelor is big and beautiful, on a sunny or snowy day - we scored with both. Parent company Powdr Corp who also owns Copper, Boreal, Las Vegas, Killington and Pico, has even bigger plans for Bachelor. An approved 10 year Master Plan includes the new 6 pack Sunrise Accelerator, a new Eastside quad lift opening new terrain below Cow's Face and past the current boundaries, and replacing the slow Rainbow triple. Plans also call for a Zip Line and a larger Sunrise Lodge, with work starting in 2015.

For lodging during your Bachelor ski trip, the very cool town of Bend is 22-miles down an easy access road. This amiable western town is renowned for its plethora of breweries. Bend is also brimming with bike paths, dog lovers, organic boutiques and just plain happy people. The best place to stay in Bend is the beautiful Oxford Hotel in the heart of town, this eco chic upscale hotel is a stroll away from fun shopping, organic coffee shops like Thump, and Bend's best restaurants and brewpubs. Or you can stay at Sunriver Resort - a planned residential and resort community 20 minutes from Bachelor where house rentals are available.

For off slope activities at Mt Bachelor, we highly recommend snowmobiling in the Deschutes National Forest on an afternoon after skiing. Central Oregon Adventures offers guided snowmobile tours or rentals, this is a great way to explore the beauty of the ponderosa pine forests, snowfields and wonderful scenery of the conical volcanic Cascade peaks as you cruise on your speedy sled.


5700 feet
9064 feet
Vertical Drop
3364 feet
Vertical Drop


High Speed Quads
High Speed Quads
Triple Chairs
Triple Chairs
Surface Lifts
Surface Lifts


Beginner Runs
14 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
34 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
30 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
22 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
4 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
4318 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
20 acres
Snowmaking Area

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 11/24/2017 (estimated) 06/04/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 11/25/2016 07/04/2017
2015/2016 11/21/2015 05/29/2016
2014/2015 11/24/2014 05/10/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 19 - 64 $96
Child 5 & under Free
Child 6 - 12 $54
Child 13 - 18 $78
Senior 65 - 69 $78
Senior 70 & over $54
Season Pass
(Full Winter Season Pass)

Overall Rating

4.3 / 5 based on 13 reviews
Jean-Pierre Guimond

Mt Bachelor has great snow, 100 runs, fast lifts, a diversity of terrain - good for kids and experts - beautiful views, and a friendly environment. It is our favorite skiing in Oregon. Thirty minutes from Sunriver or Bend, it's a fantastic winter getaway spot. Skiers will be happy.

Posted on Nov 23, 2017
Andrew Kahl

Coming fron Oregon but nit riding until I moved to Colorado, I expected Bachelor to be mediocre compared to the plethora of resorts in the Rockies. I could not have been more wrong. Mt Bachelor has every level of terrain you can imagine, and such an abundance of nice soft snow to boot. The runs are well groomed, the features are in excellent geometric design, and back country is superb. NW express has some of the most expansive and accessible trees and bowls out there. I highly recommend this gem!

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Joseph Miller

Stooookedlove this place. I wish resorts didn’t cost so much to go to all the time. The price of passes is through the roof. A free pass would make my whole season.

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Rachel Erkan

The ski 5 day package is great! Great snake runs spattered around the mountain, although I did only explore probably half of it - it's pretty large! Bend, Oregon is a really great blossoming mountain town.

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Irvin Pascasio from California

Honestly this is still my favorite mountain resorts. The descent from the top of the backside is breathe taking. Highly recommended for all skill levels. Best tree runs on the west coast.

Posted on Oct 09, 2017

Mt Bachelor is the one of the most unique ski experiences in the country, being able to ski 360 degrees of a volcano that rises above all the surrounding terrain and sometimes even the clouds is worth the travel out to Bend and the additional 30 minutes up to the mountain. The skiing is not as steep as some other PNW experiences, but the snow is often a little lighter, it rains less often, and it falls pretty consistently. Overall one of the best spots in the northwest.

Posted on Nov 22, 2017
Tim murry

Cool. It's cold. Snow. Steep. Hips. Cornice. Power. Don't go. It's stupid. Skiers answer snowboarders unite and take down Donald trump. Is that 30 words? Who's counting this? What the hell?

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Justin newsom

ive been too a few different resorts now including breck and bachelor is hands down my favorite place to ride. i LOVE the runs there! and the villages outside near bend are awesome

Posted on Nov 09, 2017
Mariam Bahrami

I have loved Mt. Bachelor since 1998 when I went for the first time. I was newly converted to snowboarding after 20 years on skis so I pretty much learned to board there that trip. A few years later when I returned to the mountain as a more advanced boarder, I truly fell in love with the mountain. There is so much terrain and the views are endless. I prefer that you have to stay in nearby Bend rather than in a lodge at the mountain. Bend is a great small town with amazing restaurants and shopping! We love it so much, we take our yearly spring break trip to Oregon from Maryland!

Posted on Nov 06, 2017
Stephanie from Florida

I lived in Bend Oregon for a year and had the pleasure of skiing on Bachelor many days of the week! I love the high desert and the surrounding mountains.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013