Visitor reviews for Mt Bachelor Ski Resort

Mt Bachelor Ratings

Overall: 3.4. Based on 32 votes and 25 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.1

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mt Bachelor is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.3

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mt Bachelor has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.9

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.1

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.9

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mt Bachelor.

Public Transport: 3.8

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mt Bachelor, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 2.6

(1) No places to stay in/near Mt Bachelor, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.1

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.1

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mt Bachelor.

Ski in/Ski out: 1.9

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.5

(1) There are no child care facilities at Mt Bachelor, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 3.1

(1) Mt Bachelor relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Mt Bachelor, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mt Bachelor are groomed daily.

Shelter: 2.9

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mt Bachelor is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 1.7

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mt Bachelor, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.4

(1) Mt Bachelor usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.0

(1) The staff at Mt Bachelor are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mt Bachelor are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.2

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.0

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.5

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.9

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.3

(1) No intermediate terrain at Mt Bachelor, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.8

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.3

(1) Not even a kicker at Mt Bachelor, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.3

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mt Bachelor, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.1

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mt Bachelor has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.2

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.1

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.2

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 1.8

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.0

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.3

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.3

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.3

(1) Overall, Mt Bachelor is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.4

(1) Overall, Mt Bachelor is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

Show all 35 ratings

January 02, 2017
LL from Ski United States United States
Don't believe the hype. Lift lines are terrible and it rains a lot. Washington state is way better; no income tax!
December 24, 2019
Ben from Ski United States United States
From Eugene. I've skied Bachelor 5-6 times now throughout the season. Here's the scoop. 1. Early season, when they say bring your rock skis, they mean it. It's a VOLCANO. There will be lots of little rocks everywhere. 2. Mid-season. Could be a bluebird. Could be 40 mile an hour winds that shut down a lot of lifts while dumping powder everywhere. If this happens, forget the summit (they probably shut it down), and head for outback or northwest. Visibility can be super tough with the high winds, so bring the right goggles for that crap. 3. Spring skiing. My favorite time at Bachelor. Start at Cloudchaser, then work your way from east to west as the snow melts into perfect corn. Things I dislike. 1. Waiters are consistently rude. 2. My one card doesn't scan like 1/4 of the time. 3. Locals who try to cut in line for the summit chair. Yeah jerks. I noticed, and I wasn't having it. 4. The summit is shut down probably 2/3 times I ski there. You need a bluebird day with a ton of snow for it to be open. When it happens it's awesome. Carve on Beverly hills or practice to slip turn in the Pinacle or the Cirque. Also, it is a long hike from the parking lot to Pine Martin. If you can, park at Skyliner.
February 21, 2021
Chris from Ski United States United States
I’ve skied across resorts of the world for over 40 years. This parking policy is the most disorganized, nickle-and-dim'ing scam I’ve ever come across. Stay away, it’s not worth the stress or hassle. Better places to ski.
December 06, 2020
Jon M from Ski United States United States
Don't buy their season pass or lift tickets and stay away until they can figure the parking situation out, It's a mess! Just canceled three passes for my family, wrote an email and messaged their text service with no response. This tells me they are understaffed and have no real plan in place. Hopefully, they are not as flakey (pun intended) as the snow there in refunding our money.
November 28, 2019
Eric from Ski United States United States
Having read the Mt. Bachelor Ratings, I have a few points with which I disagree. First, Public Transport is a 4, should be rated as a clear 3, if not a 2. There are buses which pick up every "30 minutes". There is one bus at a time, so if it is full, good luck. Secondly, Child Care rating of 3.5, should be a 2. Limited availability and costly.
February 01, 2016
Terri from Ski United States United States
This ski resort gets tracked out quick! Lift tickets are on par with Whistler, Mammoth, Squaw Valley; the terrain is not. Seems like Mt. Bachelor Corp has gone heavy on the marketing and light on providing value to it's customers. Lifts don't open on time (if at all); also a contributing factor to it getting tracked out too quick. Also, no side country here.
November 27, 2005
aaron from Ski United States United States
Bachelor is amazing. End of story.
December 07, 2010
bachelorbound from Ski United States United States
Bachelor (Mt Bachelor) is terrible. I hate how long the runs can be, the lack of people stacked up in the lift line, the 360 ability, deep powder, world class half pipe, the amazing local crowd, and the list goes on... If I were you, I would stay in California and sell that mansion in Sunriver, on the cheap, to a local. Raised here, going on three decades, I love Bend and Bach, but hate the new big city crowd that has turned this community from blue collar, outdoorsmen, wave-at-your-neighbor, timber folk into the move your truck cause it's making my dads bmw look bad, trust fund yup, smart-water-drinking, drones that it is now. Be local, stay local.
January 05, 2009
rider from Ski United States United States
The wind might knock you off the chair some days. Try not falling into a lava vent tub, other then that it's a great MT.
November 29, 2009
Central Oregon Skiier from Ski United States United States
I moved to Bend 6 years ago in part to enjoy the skiing - which I do. I skied many places as well - same issues elsewhere. Overall, Mt Bachelor is one of the best ski areas in the world - yes, I said world. If you don't like the blue ice then ski in the deep, soft, powder that the wind produces on the edges and in the trees. If you don't like it - don't go, there's thousands of us that appreciate what an amzing place Mt Bachelor is. This weekend I met people from many different states - all would laugh at the negative comments amongst the reviews.