Winter Nostalgia in Bend, Oregon
Remember snow days as a child? As you shiver in the fresh powder blankets, your heart swells with joy at the news that school has been canceled.
You spend your day building snow forts and snowball launches, and sledding down steepest hills to fill up your memory bank.
Ready to feel the pure joy of being a child in a world of sparkling white snow?
Bend in Oregon is the perfect winter escape for adults. You can burrow into a snow cave full of winter nostalgia. You can find winter fun in town or in the nearby Cascade Mountains. We have everything, from sledding hills and ice skating to acres upon acres of downhill terrain at Mt. Bachelor.
Finish it off with warm, whipped-topped drinks by a crackling fire.
Grab your mittens, toboggan and a thermos of hot cocoa and let’s have some fun!
Sledding has to be one of the most fun winter activities. Every hill becomes your playground when the snow is falling. You can beat Clark Griswold’s amateur recreational saucer sled land speed record by heading to Drake Park, Hollinshead Park or Al Moody Park when it snows in town. Wanoga Sno-Park, which is located at the highest elevations of the mountain, is a great spot for sledding and tubing. Wanoga, a short drive from the town, is the gateway to great snowshoeing trails and dog-friendly ski trails. It also has an extensive sledding area with large warming huts at the base.
If winter nostalgia has you begging to hit the slopes, make sure to leave enough time for a bowl of chili and a chat with your friends at the lodge about brag-worthy ski stories.
Mt. Bachelor is the Pacific Northwest’s destination winter wonderland and purveyor of epic days on the mountain. The average snowfall is a hefty, and the winter operating season is one of the longest in the United States. There are also oodles of bluebird day, which makes for some serious, whimsical winter fun.
Skiers and snowboarders will relish more than 4,000 acres of terrain. Book lessons through the “Ski or Ride in 5” program for the never-have I-ever beginner. IKON pass holders have seven days full access to Mt.Bachelor. This allows them to see the entire mountain.
Is strapping sticks to your feet while whizzing down a mountain not your speed or style? You can snowshoe, Nordic ski, or take a dog-sled ride on the wild side. After your adventure, you can refuel at one of the many bars and restaurants on the mountain.
While most of the snow is found in the mountains, Bend’s young-at-heart love for winter runs deep. The season is magical because of the many opportunities for recreation, crisp days, and occasional snowfalls. The Pavilion offers ice skating, where you can glide and turn on your skates. Enjoy a stunning winter walk along Drake Park’s Deschutes River with your latte. Shop for souvenirs and handmade gifts in the Old Mill District or downtown. Take snowshoes with you on a snowy hike through Shevlin Park. You can make a snowman out of snow. Beer lovers will want to explore the territories of the Bend Ale Trail, where craft beer is served up with fire pits and cozy tasting rooms.
Bend is the ideal place to re-discover your inner child. Join us this winter to relive childhood memories and create new ones with your family. Let Bend take you to a world of magic, joy, and mountains of laughter.
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