Mt Bachelor Ski Area in the Central Oregon Cascades is everything that's right about a winter snow sports complex. It starts with what it doesn't have. No overpriced eateries, no boutique hotels, no condos, no wannabes looking for attention, no excuses. You will find a comfortable, well-run, high-tech, well-groomed, friendly-staffed, out-of-the-way, short lift line, local beer and wine, down-home cooking—all with some of the deepest and steepest conditions on the planet.
The weather in this part of Oregon is legendary. Sunny days and snowy nights produce the best powder skiing in the West. The lifts are fast and the runs faster. The abundance of white pushes ski activity from November into May. My favorite time is the beginning of March when you can count on cold and freshies.
With no lodging on the mountain, nearby accommodations provide quick and easy access, leaving the ecosystem free to sustain itself from the impact of more toilets and traffic. Staying in town is just one more way I show the mountain some love.
The terrain is varied and complex, from beginner to double black diamond. I prefer skiing the Summit when it's open because of the 360-degree access I get to the whole mountain.
Be sure to hit the bar and try one of the local craft beers or bloody mary's made with spirits from local distilleries. The food offerings will more than cover your tastes and dietary persuasion. Bachin' it has never been more fun.