A weekend guide to skiing, snowshoeing, dining and drinking beer in Bend, the most adventurous and active city in Oregon.
Where to Stay: Sunriver Resort
Located 18 miles from the Mt. Bachelor ski area, the Sunriver Resort is a rugged yet refined lodge housed within the larger community of Sunriver. The resort includes access to world-class golfing, bike trails and other outdoor activities. With numerous restaurants, coffee shops, shopping destinations and more all nestled in the village, the location is perfect for everything from a family trip to a boys’ adventure vacation. For more information, visit sunriver-resort.com.
Snow Sport #1: Cross-Country Skiing Lessons at Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center
With a dozen trail options, the opportunities for Nordic skiing are extensive and range from beginner to expert. If you’ve never tried this sport known for its incredible cardiovascular and strength-building effects, take a lesson from an expert at Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center. This is a great activity to stretch your legs after the drive to Bend, which takes about six hours from the Eastside. For more information, visit mtbachelor.com.
Where to Dine and Drink: Sunriver Brewing Company
There are 234 brewing facilities in Oregon, making it a haven for Northwest beer lovers. Thirty-one of those are conveniently located in central Oregon, 24 of which are located in Bend. The Sunriver Brewing Company is one of the most popular, and the best part is that it’s within walking distance from the Sunriver Resort. With a fresh menu built to complement the seasonal beers, it’s the perfect spot to refuel in preparation for a few days of fun. For more information, visit sunriverbrewingcompany.com.
Snow Sport #2: Alpine Skiing
The beauty of Mt. Bachelor is that the skiable terrain on the mountain is vast (it’s coverage ranks in the top six in the country). And it isn’t overrun by tourists or clogged with shopping centers and resorts. This means skiers and snowboarders alike can log way more time on the mountain than in line. To top things off, hundreds more acres of terrain have been approved for development, and they will be accessible in the coming years. For more information, visit mtbachelor.com.
Where to Dine and Drink: Deschutes Brewery & Public House
For a night out after a long day of skiing, head to downtown Bend and be sure to stop by Deschutes Brewery & Public House. Both their beer and fare are handcrafted to represent the best flavors of the region. If you’re in the mood for a frothy nightcap, head to Bend Brewing Co. to round out your Bend beer-tasting experience. For more information, visit deschutesbrewery.com and bendbrewingco.com.
Snow Sport #3: Snowshoeing
The Mt. Bachelor ski area is most often frequented for alpine skiing, but those who take the time to explore the Deschutes National Forest at a slower pace will not be disappointed. Take a 90-minute interpretive tour on snowshoes and learn about the complex and interesting winter ecosystem surrounding the volcano. For more information, visit mtbachelor.com.