Mt. Bachelor is a fickle place. One minute all is well, the next, wind
and fog roll in, making this 9,000- foot volcano in Oregon’s Central Cascades feel like a backdrop from Lord of the Rings. That’s not a bad thing. Such environs come with ancient, twisting hemlock forests and 360-degree skiing off the summit. Last season the resort opened the Cloudchaser quad, accessing 635 added acres of blue terrain on the volcano’s southeastern flank—an entirely new adventure for Bach- lovers and newbies alike. There’s no lodging, but nearby Bend doesn’t lack for the stuff we all like, namely microbreweries and B&Bs.
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MANDATORY RUN 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.
FAMILY ACTIVITY 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.