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I want to take a ski trip to Oregon this winter in mid February. Leaning towards bachelor at the moment partly because the views from the summit lift and the nearby town of Bend. What is the likelihood of being able to ski from the summit at bachelor in mid Feb? Would the chances be better if I waited a little longer, say early March? How does bachelor compare to Hood? Not really looking for extreme scary terrain since I'm going with my girlfriend, but she is a good skier and we still enjoy challenging runs together. If you have skied Oregon please give me some of your opinions. Thanks!
Bachelor is a much more open and playful mountain than Hood. At Hood you get a lot of big mountain terrain but it’s really scaled down if you’re going to meadows. The other option on hood is timberline and ski bowl but those can be really boring if you’re not into park skiing. At bachelor you get the whole mountain to explore and almost all of the mountain is pretty accessible and not too challenging.
Both mountains get peak snow in February which increases your chances of face shots but it could close summit chair on bachelor since we get a lot of blizzards. But if there’s a break in the weather the bachelor crew is really good about getting that chair open.
Never been to hood but bachelor seems exactly what your looking for. Even if Summit isn’t open there’s still some steeper stuff off of the northwest lift iirc (only skied like one run over there cause visibility was terrible when I went)
Bachelor has much more terrain than any one hood resort, 360 degree skiing is awesome. February is the best month, everything will be open and prime unless the weather is terrible (in which case the tree skiing is excellent). Also has a sick park, but definately ski the backside, west bowls, and cirque if you can
Mt Hood is alright there’s definitely more challenging terrain at Meadows than Mt Bachelor but Mt bachelor has way more terrain and it’s well suited for the widest variety of ability levels.. also Mt Bachelors powder is like some certain percentage drier than Hoods.
Mt Hood tends to be wetter overall
I’d say go to Mt Bachelor because as you said Bend is right there and is someone currently working in Bend I’d say you’d have a pretty fun time you also have a better chance of getting Urban skiing in Bend In February than Portland or Govy if you’re into that.
February is a good choice. Of course the weather is always a gamble but traditionally February is a good month for snow conditions in Oregon.
Bachelor is a bit further to get to. You will probably have to pay more to fly to Redmond or it is a bit of a drive from PDX. Bend is close and has all the amenities like Costco and Trader Joes and lots of bars and restaurants . Bend is not slope side though so on the weekends if it is good you will need to move early to beat traffic.
Timberline Lodge has the only real slopeside lodging on Hood. A lot of people go up to hood just to visit the lodge and they don't even ski. If skiing isn't the biggest priority and you can afford staying at Timberline then that is probably the easiest logistically. Timberline will have the best parks of anyplace (will be among the top in the world) and there are really a lot of nice terrain too. (steep terrain is not the most intuitive to find at Timberline but locals will help show you some steeps or tree lines if you ask around) Timberline is probably and ideal vacation spot with the GF if you can swing it. They have a year round outdoor pool so you could potentially be swimming outside while there is like 100+ inches of snow on the ground just a couple feet away from you.
Other hood options are staying in Hood River which is a fun town but still a drive up to ski. Or staying in Government Camp which does not have a lot going on but has a couple bars and restaurants and a bunch of condos etc. Skibowl is right in Govy and IMO Skibowl is the best skiing terrain on Hood. Skibowl also has the best warming hut which is the best place to get a beer or coffee or eat a German sausage. Lift tickets are less at Skibowl and they own a bunch of condos so they may have some sort of package deal or something. Some people are not stoked on the double riblet lifts at Skibowl but they have way shorter weekend lines and like I said the terrain is no comparison. If you really are into the steeps and interesting terrain no place else has got as good a concentration as Skibowl. Good lines are super obvious right under the upper bowl chair or if you ask around you can probably get intel on some good little boot packs and traverses to more goods. Also best night skiing is at skibowl.
Plan ahead and Bend or Hood will be super fun.