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Ski Experience - Mt. Bachelor

Most skiers who come to enjoy Mt. Bachelor's superlative 365 inches of snow have no idea they are skiing down the side of a very active volcano! Geologists swear it is not going to go the way of its northern neighbor Mt. St. Helens, so there is no need to be distracted from the fantastic challenges the slopes provide to skiers of all age groups.

Ski Levels

This mountain offers amazing expert runs such as The Outback and The Cirque. But if you're in the mood for some artificial challenges, you can go test your mettle at the massive superpipe built to Olympic specifications, 400 feet long with 17-foot walls. The trails are rated 15 percent for novice skiers, 25 percent for intermediates, 35 percent for advanced, and an impressive 25 percent for the top skiers. The mountain has six terrain park areas and if you can ever pull yourself away, you will definitely want to take the kids up to the eight-lane Snowblast Tubing Park! All of this is like a wintersports overload! The excellent ski school offers courses for kids starting at age four and going all the way up to three day packages for adults.

Après Ski

Unlike many ski resort dining options (which are often pricing themselves out of the reach for families), this ski area offers a wide range of delicious and affordable restaurants. Each of the mountain lodges are home to cafes, coffee houses, and other dining options including The Skiers Palate and Scapolo's are both slopeside favorites. Jake's Diner is famous for its 24-hour huge and low-priced breakfast; The Original Pancake House will serve you up a memorable stack; McGrath's Fish has many local seafood specialties.

The Oregon Trail of Dreams Training Camp is a place that neither you nor your children will ever forget. This is one of the rare opportunities in the Lower 48 to mush dogs that are champions in every possible way, as they are currently in training for the ultimate dog race in the world, the unbelievably tough and challenging Iditarod race in Alaska. After taking the dogs for a swift mush through the snow, you can head out to Sunriver or the Inn of the Seventh Mountain for snowmobiling, ice skating, sleigh rides, and horseback riding. Not all of the most exciting adventures in the area need to be outside, as you can drive about four miles south of Bend to the world-renowned High Desert Museum and take an educational and entertaining walk-through of the museum's dioramas of the Old West, gaze on a spectacular collection of wildlife art and view some very rare and precious Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts.