4 Reasons to Visit Central Oregon in Winter!

Finding fun and adventure in winter.


Winter in Central Oregon transforms the landscape into a magical wonderland, inviting locals and visitors alike to explore a myriad of outdoor activities. In the heart of this winter wonderland lies Bend and Sisters, two charming towns that offer a plethora of experiences for those seeking adventure in the snow-covered paradise.

  1. Skiing and Snowboarding:
    Central Oregon boasts world-class ski resorts, making it a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. Mt. Bachelor, located just outside Bend, offers exceptional skiing and snowboarding opportunities. With its varied terrain, stunning views, and consistent snowfall, it's a must-visit for anyone looking to carve through fresh powder. For a smaller family friendly option the locals love, be sure to check out Hoodoo Ski Area just west of Sisters.

  1. Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing:
    For a slower-paced winter experience, explore the pristine landscapes around Sisters through snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The Peterson Ridge Trail System provides an extensive network of trails, allowing you to traverse through snow-covered forests and open meadows, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the winter wilderness. AdventurUs Women annually provides a beginner friendly women’s winter retreat at Suttle Lodge offering cross-country ski lessons, snowshoe experiences, and more  all led by amazing women.

  1. Winter Hiking:
    Both Bend and Sisters are surrounded by picturesque trails that transform into winter wonderlands during the colder months. Enjoy a hike through the Deschutes National Forest or the scenic Smith Rock State Park, where snow-draped cliffs and frozen waterfalls create a breathtaking backdrop.

  2. Hot Options for Relaxation:
    After a day of winter adventures, unwind in one of Central Oregon's natural hot springs. The area is dotted with geothermally heated pools, offering a soothing soak surrounded by snow-covered landscapes. The popular Belknap Hot Springs is a short drive from Sisters, providing a serene escape from the winter chill. Another great option is to book a sauna session at the Gather Sauna House at Riverbend Park - if you want to be bold add on a cold plunge in the Deschutes River!

BONUS REASON: We should also mention that Central Oregon gets an average of 300 days of sunshine a year! So even in winter, while it might be cold... there are blue skies above!

Central Oregon, with its snowy landscapes and vibrant communities, provides an ideal setting for a winter getaway. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie seeking the thrill of winter sports or someone looking to bask in the serenity of a snow-covered forest, Bend and Sisters offer a diverse range of activities to make your winter memorable. Embrace the season, layer up, and embark on a cold-weather adventure in this enchanting part of the Pacific Northwest.

Head over to Visit Central Oregon for a comprehensive list of things to do!