Travel and Leisure magazine recently ranked Bend Oregon the number 3 ski town in the USA. The ski town USA article states that "beer and snow go hand-in-hand". And Bend has both. It's vibrant downtown and many craft breweries contribute to Bend being a top ski town. The article also mentions Bend's less than 12 inches of rain annually and Mt Bachelor's 400 inches of average snow. It's quite common for it to be dumping snow on the mountain and be sunny in town at the same time, even though Mt Bachelor is only about 20 miles from Bend. The article also touches on the many other outdoor activities in the Bend area.
My Top 10 Reasons Bend Is One Of The Best Ski Towns
About 400 inches of snow on Mt Bachelor annually
Usually there is no long wait lines to get on the chairlift at Bachelor
The mountain is about a 20 minute drive from the west side of Bend
The small city feel, with big amenities like Trader Joes, Costco, Whole Foods, etc.
Amazing beer! Craft breweries are part of Bend's culture. 12 breweries with more coming in 2013
Not much snow to shovel and deal with in Bend, as it rarely lasts long in the city
All of the other outdoor activities that Bend and the surrounding area offer (biking, fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, golf, etc.)
Bend is only a little over 3 hours from the Pacific Ocean
Friendly community with events all throughout the year
A vibrant downtown with exceptional restaurants and nightlife
There's my top ten reasons Bend is a great ski town. One of the greatest things about the relationship of Bend and Mt Bachelor is the weather difference. I was up at the mountain a few days ago. The wind was howling and the snow was coming down hard. I left the mountain around 11am after a few morning runs. About 3/4 of the way down the mountain I drove through the clouds to a bright blue sky. Mt Bachelor and the Cascade Mountains act as a precipitation catcher for Bend. Many times the storms hit the mountains and don't continue to Bend. Sunny in town, and snowing on the mountain... Just the way we like it!
If you are looking for a ski town to call home, please contact me for more information about the real estate market in Bend.