If your crew is scouting out locations for your next ski trip, look snow further than beautiful Bend, Oregon. It's where sunshine, snowfall, and superior craft beers make for an oasis of outdoor adventure. It's home to snowshoeing, dog sledding, and of course, world-class skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor.
The locals call it "The Mountain," and it's one of the six biggest ski areas in the United States. But they don't get the crowds that most of the other biggies do, so you're free to ski and ride Mt. Bachelor with tons of room. Just a short 30-minute ride from Bend, Mt. Bachelor boasts more than 4,000 skiable areas, 3,365 feet of vertical drop, and 101 runs.
What's even cooler? "The Mountain" isn't just any other place to ski and snowboard—it's actually a volcano in the Cascade Range (hey, don't worry, the last eruption was about 10,000 years ago). The ski area has a chairlift that goes to the very top of the volcano and offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding region. Experienced skiers can take advantage of the views with Mt. Bachelor's famed tree skiing (Want to see what we mean? Take a peek at Brandon's ski footage in the video above!).
But, as most mountain lovers know, the real adventure begins when the skiing ends. Yep, we're talking après ski. And what better place to practice than with the Bend Ale Trail?
Bend has some of the best craft breweries breweries in Oregon—that's why they call it Beer Town USA! (Don't like beer? Have no fear. There's a long list of drinkable diversions along the ale trail). Pick up the official Bend Ale Trail Atlas and your passport at any participating brewery, the Bend Visitor Center, the ticket mill at the Old Mill District, or any Central Oregon brochure rack.
We made sure to pop by a Bend Ale Trail original: Deschutes Brewery & Public House. Now, you can find Deschutes beer all over the country. But it was founded right here in Bend in 1988. It's the perfect place to plop after a long day on the slopes and fuel up for the next day's festivities with burgers and beer.
And because responsible drinking is always top of mind, the Bend Ale Trail rewards designated drivers with a Hydro Flask True Pint. If you can't decide on a DD, stick to the breweries within walking distance, or choose from one of the many safe and knowledgeable tour operators and transportation methods.
Ready to plan your adventure in Bend, Oregon? Visit www.visitbend.com or call 877-245-8484 to chat with a Bend expert.