Winter nostalgia in Bend, Oregon

Winter nostalgia in Bend, Oregon

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  • December 2, 2022
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Snowshoe Tumalo MountainSnowshoe Tumalo Mountain – Visit Bend

Do you remember snow days as a kid? You’re breathless over blankets of fresh powder as your heart pounds with joy at the news – school is cancelled!

You’ll spend the day building snow forts, throwing snowballs and sliding down the steepest hill to fill your memory bank to the brim.

As a carefree kid, are you ready to enjoy the sheer joy of playing in a world of glittering snow?

Bend, Oregon is the perfect winter escape from adulthood as you dig into a snow cave filled with boundless winter nostalgia. Find winter fun right in town and in the nearby majestic snow-capped Cascade Mountains. We’ve got everything from sledding hills to ice skating to endless descents on Mt. Bachelor.

Top it all off with warm drinks topped with whipped cream by the crackling fire.

Grab your mittens, sled and thermos of hot cocoa and let’s frolic and play the bend way!

Wanoga sledWanoga Sledding – Visit Bend

Tobogganing is undeniably one of the most fun winter activities. When the snow falls, every hill becomes your playground. If it’s snowing in town, head to Drake Park, Hollinshead Park or Al Moody Park for your chance to beat Clark Griswold’s new amateur saucer sled speed record. When snow falls in the upper elevations, Wanoga Sno-Park is a must for tubing and sledding. A short drive from town, Wanoga is not only the gateway to great snowshoeing and dog-friendly ski slopes, but also an expansive sledding area with a huge warming cabin at the base.

When winter nostalgia wraps you in the urge to hit the slopes, leave plenty of time to devour a piping-hot bowl of chili and swap boastful ski tales with friends at the lodge.

Mt. Bachelor is the Pacific Northwest’s favorite winter wonderland and purveyor of epic days on the mountain. Heavy average snowfall, one of the longest winter operating hours in the US, and oodles of bluebird days make for some serious whimsical winter fun.

Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy more than 4,000 acres of terrain. For the never-me-never newbie, book lessons through the Ski or Ride in 5 program. IKON Pass holders get full access to Mt.Bachelor for seven days, enough to experience the whole mountain.

Skiing with a bachelor's degreeWanderlust snowshoe tour in the moonlight

Skiing Mt. Bachelor and Wanderlust Moonlight Snowshoe Tour – Visit Bend

Strapping on poles and hurtling down a mountain isn’t your speed? Enjoy snowshoeing, cross country skiing or an expedition on the wild and furry side with a dog sled ride. When you’re done, recharge your batteries and quench your thirst at one of the several bars and restaurants on the other side of the mountain.

While most of the snow is in the mountains, the young at heart’s dedication to winter runs deep in Bend. Plenty of clear days, the occasional snowfall, and plenty of relaxation make the season magical. Slide and spin on skates at The Pavilion. Grab your latte and enjoy a stunning winter walk along the Deschutes River in Drake Park. Head downtown or to the Old Mill District for handcrafted gifts and souvenirs. When snow falls, grab a pair of snowshoes for a hike through Shevlin Park and build a sacred, merry figure out of snow. Beer lovers will want to explore the areas of the Bend Ale Trail, where craft beer is served with fire pits and cozy tasting rooms.

downtown curveDowntown Bend – Visit Bend

Bend is the perfect place to rediscover your inner child. Join us this winter to revisit childhood memories or build new ones with your own family. Let Bend transport you to a sparkling world of joy, magic and mountainous fun.

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