Summer Resorts 2001- Far West, Mt. Bachelor, Ore.

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If you can't quit skiing cold-turkey, an early-summer trip to Mt. Bachelor is just the remedy. Often as late as July 4, you can ski at this central Oregon resort in the morning and then golf or mountain bike in the afternoon.

Once you've accepted that summer is inevitable, hop the Pine Marten Express to mid-mountain, where you can carbo-load at Scapolo's Italian Bistro. You're going to need the energy. There are more ways to play around Bachelor than there are sunny days each year in nearby Bend (250, locals say).

Whitewater enthusiasts shoot the triple waterfalls of the Deschutes, while flyfishers land trout and steelhead. Golfers choose from 25 courses within an hour of Bend, and rock climbers come from around the world to tackle nearby Smith Rock State Park. Hikers, bikers and horseback riders revel in the hundreds of miles of trails that weave throughout the Deschutes National Forest, winding past 500 miles of rivers and 150 lakes.

And just because the sun sets doesn't mean you have to call it a day. Bend is home to theaters, a half-dozen art galleries and the Cascade Festival of Music. Lying under the stars in downtown Bend's beautiful Drake Park, as the violins serenade you, you'll find yourself hoping, for a change, that summer never ends.

DON'T MISSSee the wilderness through new eyes with a moonlight canoe trip (Wanderlust Tours, 541-389-8359).