You either love Mt. Bachelor or you don’t know Mt. Bachelor. Sure, this 9,000-foot volcano in the high Cascades has some serious anger-management issues. One moment the weather can be “brutal,” but then the clouds part and the mountain becomes “one giant ski run” with the “best snow in Oregon.” You can bounce around ancient hemlocks or set a course off the 360-degree summit, which is “out of this world.” Bad snow year? Bachy don’t play that game. A crummy season means an 80-inch base that lasts “until Memorial Day.” The “friendliest staff” sometimes “tops Deer Valley.” And while the “lack of a village” and no on-mountain lodging means “limited après,” it also “makes the scenery spectacular—no civilization in sight!” For that you need to head to Bend, 20 miles away, and “the greatest craft-brew scene in the world.” —Tim Neville
Cloudchaser, a $6 million high-speed quad stitched on the volcano’s more sheltered southeastern flank, will open 635 acres of new intermediate slopes.
Make a beeline for the Summit lift as soon as you see lift ops spooling up the chairs, then drop off the back side into double-black Land of Plenty for a spectacular 3,365-vertical-foot run.
Hit the Pavilion, Bend’s new ice rink, for open skating sessions ($6 with rentals) or catch a men’s-league hockey match on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Better yet, take a curling lesson.